blood disease http://wamc.org en "Bleeder" by Shelby Smoak http://wamc.org/post/bleeder-shelby-smoak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In 1985, Shelby Smoak was diagnosed HIV positive, a fact that he did not learn (by choice) until a few years later. Smoak’s diagnosis is compounded with the fact that he is also hemophiliac.</p><p>Set in the 1990s along the North Carolina coast, Bleeder traces Smoak’s quest for love in a world that feels increasingly dangerous, and despite a future that feels increasingly uncertain. From the bedroom to the operating room, and from one hospital to the next, Smoak seeks out hope and better health.</p><p>Smoak, a poet and novelist, who now teaches at Northern Virginian Community College in Arlington, has written a memoir of his experiences with both diseases, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1611860695/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1611860695&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Bleeder</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1611860695" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 58120 at http://wamc.org "Bleeder" by Shelby Smoak