Ed Francisco, English professor at Pellissippi State Community College, was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame Sept. 23.
Francisco, the college’s writer-in-residence, was nominated for his poetry. He was honored along with Loletta Clouse in the Fiction category, the late Alex Haley for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Cynthia Moxley in Social Media and Bruce Wheeler in Non-fiction. Past Hall of Fame inductees include Cormac McCarthy, Ina Hughes, Carson Brewer and James Agee.
A poet, novelist, essayist, playwright and scholar, Francisco is the author of eight books, including “Death, Child, and Love,” a volume of poetry, and “The Dealmaker,” a novel. His most recent collection of verse, “The Alchemy of Words,” was one of Small Press Review’s top picks for 2008. His forthcoming volume of verse is titled “Hunting Keats.”
Francisco’s poems, stories, essays and plays have appeared in more than a hundred magazines and journals, including the “Southern Review,” “Kansas Quarterly,” “William and Mary Review,” “Mudfish,” “English Journal,” “Iambs and Trochees” and “New Mexico Humanities Review.” Recent publications include “Aries,” “Barbaric Yawp,” “Inspirit” and “Teacher’s Voice.”
His work has appeared in several anthologies. He is also principal editor of “The South in Perspective,” an anthology of Southern literature from 1585 to the present, published by Prentice-Hall. Francisco’s publications have won numerous awards in the past 25 years, and he was voted Student Choice Teacher of the Year at Pellissippi State for six years. He is a member of the Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford, England.
The Sept. 23 awards event was a fundraiser for the Friends of Literacy and took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Knoxville. Writer and director Michael Miner, best known for creating “Robocop,” was the guest speaker.