Kirby Wright

Biography

Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic.

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The End, My Friend: Prelude to the Apocalypse
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,780. Language: American English. Published: August 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A global economic crisis reeks havoc in Southern California, where riots against the Fed become status quo and the middle class deconstructs into the New Poor. Gas, running water, and heat become luxuries in the subdivisions of San Diego. The police quit responding to 911 calls and firemen watch homes burn. Join Tony and Evo as they search for safe haven in a world on the brink of disaster.
CAT IN A SQUARE OF LIGHT, Part 1
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
These flash fictions straddle the fence between the dream world and reality. They are Kakfa-like in essence and most incorporate dark humor with aspects of fabulism. The settings are as diverse as the Czech Republic and Hawaii.
BUCK SUMMER
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,470. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships
An older brother struggles with identity and self-worth issues on a remote ranch on the island of Molokai.
I'll Remember You
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
A son tries understanding his mother by examining pictures from her childhood.
Punahou Blues: THE LOST CHAPTERS (The Fishpond)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Puko'o Fishpond had been built in the 1500s by the king of Moloka'i. Before its construction, a man named Kilo had told the king that the work could not be done without the help of kahunas. The king said Kilo's punishment for this outburst was to be cooked alive in an imu when the pond was complete. Instead of worrying about his impending doom, Kilo organized the men from Moloka'i into a long line from the ocean up into the mountain. Stones were passed hand-to-hand down to the men building the walls. The tramping of so many feet raised a big red cloud of dust over Puko'o that blotted out the sun. The men's hair and skin turned red. They threw dust into each other's faces and said, "Kanaka o Moloka'i ehu i ka lepo," a protest slogan over having to slave for the king. Kilo told the men that he would soon be part of the swirling red dust when the pond was finished.
THE KAHUNA WOMAN OF MOLOKAI
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Ben and Jeffrey head east to Honouliwai Bay with their grandmother to meet a woman who has the power to cast spells and who can see the ghosts marching over the mountain down to the sea.
MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA, Summers on the Lonely Isle
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Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 83,540. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Julia Daniels, a Moloka'i pioneer woman of mixed blood, invites her grandsons Jeff and Ben to spend summers with her at her ranch on the east end. She shares the ranch with Chipper, an alcoholic war hero with a life estate bordering the swamp. The brothers roam a paradise of fishponds, waterfalls, pristine valleys, and mountains with herds of deer. Jeff meets the Kahuna Woman who freezes pictures of her enemies, the TS who seduces the Chief of Police, the man who refs cock fights in Kaunakakai, the sexy divorcee who lives in the Saddle Room, and the prodigal grandfather who returns to woo Julia. These characters help shape Jeff's sensibilities as he discovers the secrets of his grandmother's wild past in Honolulu and the intensity of her struggles on the Lonely Isle.
PRELUDE TO THE APOCALYPSE, Part 5 (Red Rum Rig)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The Phoenix Army (the PA) overwhelms the 4 Quadrants of LA they push out to the Coastal Townships, where they meet resistance from the RRR, a rebel group forced to live offshore. The PA turns captured women and girls into slaves while sending men and boys to meet certain death at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (pyramids of skulls in the end zones).
PRELUDE TO THE APOCALYPSE, Part 4 (They Came)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,410. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
3 Harley dudes how up unexpectedly @ Nirvana in the dead of night are on a mission of destruction. They've come to collect on a $30 grand debt and will knock down anyone who gets in their way. What I like about this is Tony's retribution for what they do at Nirvana, and the struggle with his own interior demons when he meets the last biker mano-a-mano in a Last Man Standing battle reminiscent of t
PRELUDE TO THE APOCALYPSE, Part 3 (The Lord of Watsu)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The sun has set. Tony and Evo head east from the tiny town of Owl to discover the exclusive communities of Palm Springs are on fire. Familes huddle on their lawns as looters ransack their homes. Date palms become fiery torches that light Tony's way through a maze of burning mansions, street hustlers, and Psytrance parties. Tony buys an emerald necklace that once belonged to PARIS HILTON but Evo refuses to wear it. They reach the Palms to Pines Highway, which snakes into the high desert and arrive at Nirvana, a self-sufficient compound hidden at the base of Sheep Mountain. It's a great time-out for our Dynamic Duo as they rest in a geodesic dome and consider staying long enough for Evo to give birth to their first child. NIRVANA is a sprawling masterpiece that is self-contained, complete with fishponds filled with salmon & trout, vegan gardens, orange & avocado groves, mountain streams, goats, chickens, and a golden retriever named Cosmo. There's even contact with the outside world via ham radio. But will the apparently 'safe' lifestyle in a dangerous world last?
PRELUDE TO THE APOCALYPSE, Part 2 (The Coast)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In Part 2 of the PRELUDE TO THE APOCALYPSE Series, Tony and Evo journey out to the coast to catch one last glimpse of the ocean. It's not what they expect. They encounter anarchy along PCH as families hock all they own to survive. One guy holds up a GUNS FOR GOLD sign. A Tent City has sprouted up on the marshes beyond the lagoon and the beaches are overrun with the starving. The coast is lined with fishing poles. There is a rumor some are eating jellyfish and seaweed. A fisherman gives them sardines, which they hold on sticks over the flames of a fire ring. Gunfire breaks out at the Oceanside Pier. Tony and Evo flee for Crestline, but not before meeting a very dangerous duo at the Temecula Checkpoint and then discovering that the I-15 freeway is a mess of barricades and cop cars trying to ebb the flow of the fleeing. Where to go? How about deep into the desert, into the Land Between Interstates.
PRELUDE TO THE APOCALYPSE, Part 1
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,560. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga are dead. So is the President. Psytrance parties rage as Palm Springs burns. Police and fire departments are gone. Martial Law is imposed to deal with the riots but the military is overwhelmed when Mexicans storm the border to reclaim California. Warlords battle private security forces for control of coastal towns.
Punahou BLues: THE LOST CHAPTERS (The Punahou Carnival Haunted House)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
This chapter was not included in the original PUNAHOU BLUES book because the publisher felt it cut against the loner persona of the main character. We disagree. It helps round out his character by showing him constructing friendships while building and designing the Haunted House for the school carnival.
PUNAHOU BLUES, a Hawaiian Novel
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 53,210. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Growing up in Honolulu isn't all it's cracked up to be for Jeffrey Gill. After he gets into prestigious Punahou School, his rite of passage includes losing the babe of his dreams to a creep, surviving Killahaole Day, and getting pushed around by the school bully.
HOUDINI by Kirby Wright
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A father is challenged in an escape game by his oldest son and loses in front of the family. Instead of celebrating his son, he interprets the victory as a challenge to his authority and seeks retribution.
MOLOKA'I BOY by Kirby Wright
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 960. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A four-year-old learns lessons of life and death on his grandmother's remote island ranch.
THE PRINCE OF WALES by Kirby Wright
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The two brothers from the novels MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA and PUNAHOU BLUES resurface in this hunting episode set on the east end of Moloka'i island. Ben and Jeff are camped above Brownie's Gulch when Ben fires across Kainalu Valley at a buck. Jeff is about to discover the underpinnings of his brother's relationship with their grandmother.
HOTEL STREET BLUES by Kirby Wright
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The brothers from the novel PUNAHOU BLUES resurface in this rite of passage set in the red-light district of Honolulu. Also resurfacing is Arlene from the novel MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA. Take a trip to the seedy side of Hawaii's Capitol City, a side tourists rarely see.

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