Patricia Hudson tabbed for ET Writers Hall of Fame

Susan EspirituFountain City

Patricia Hudson is one of 13 artists to be inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in April. 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.

Each week, we will be recognizing an inductee prior to the Hall of Fame Awards Gala on April 19. Purchase  tickets to the gala here.

Patricia Hudson is the 2024 Hall of Fame inductee for fiction. Her novel, Traces, is a retelling of the Daniel Boone saga from the perspective of Boone’s wife, Rebecca, and their two oldest daughters. Patricia’s other books include The Carolinas and the Appalachian States, a volume in the Smithsonian Guide to Historic America series, and Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. She’s been a freelance writer for 35 years, specializing in history and travel topics. As a contributor to Southern Living, Patricia spent an afternoon with Dolly Parton and crewed on the support boat for a woman swimming the entire length of the Tennessee River.

Patricia’s reaction to the Hall of Fame recognition: “I’m honored to be inducted into the East Tennessee Writers’ Hall of Fame, and to have the chance to celebrate the wonderful work Friends of Literacy is doing in our community.”

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.

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