East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame Awards Gala
Friday, April 8th, 6-9 pm, The Foundry on the Fair Site, Knoxville
Online ticket sales are closed. To inquire about ticket availability, please call 865-549-7007.
Nonfiction—Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill
Young Adult Literature—Alan Gratz
Lifetime Achievement—Marvin West
Emerging Writer Award: Summer Awad
Harvey Broome, Nonfiction
Bob Burch, Journalism
Adolph Ochs, Journalism
William B. Scott, Journalism
Readings and Performances By:
Karen E. Reynolds
Charles Dodd White
Master of Ceremonies: Frank Murphy, Frank & Friends Show
Pellissippi State Foundation
Frank & Friends Show
John Becker Photography
Friends of Literacy established the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor local and regional writers who have created an outstanding body of work. Hall of Fame categories include lifetime achievement, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry, social media, playwriting, songwriting, children's literature, and young adult literature. In 2018, we presented the inaugural jurors' award for outstanding contribution to East Tennessee culture and literacy. In 2021, we added an emerging writer award.
Nominations are accepted from the public each year. An independent panel of judges evaluates nominees based on recognition within the writer’s field, longevity, quality, and volume of work. All nominees must have been born in, currently reside in, or have a body of work related to the East Tennessee region.
Inductees are recognized at a gala awards ceremony.