John Adams joins East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame

Our senior sports columnist John Adams is being inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame tonight at the Crowne Plaza. The annual Hall of Fame event benefits the Friends of Literacy, a terrific non-profit organization that helps illiterate adults learn how to read and provides other education services.
adamsjohnclr_John has been stirring things up in Knoxville for more than a quarter of a century, but he’s been in the writing game for quite a bit longer than that. He started writing for a weekly newspaper in Clinton, Louisiana, when he was 15 years old. He graduated from Louisiana State University and since then has been named sports writer of the year in three states: Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, where he has earned the honor six times.
John is entering the hall in the non-fiction category. Other honorees being inducted tonight are:
Quentin Tarantino for Lifetime Achievement – The Knoxville native is a world-renowned film writer and director, having been nominated for 21 Academy Award in various categories. He won Academy Awards and Golden Globes for Best Original Screenplay for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.
Mark Schaefer for Social Media – An internationally known marketing consultant, instructor, blogger and author, Schaefer’s book, The Tao of Twitter, is one of the top five business communication books on Amazon. He has been named by Forbes as one of the Top 50 Social Media “Power Influencers” in the world.
Karl Edward Wanger for Fiction — For 15 years Wagner edited DAW Books’ annual anthology, “The Year’s Best Horror Stories.” He won the World Fantasy Award twice, and 19 years after his death he continues to have a worldwide following.
Arthur Stewart for Poetry— A 1997 Tennessee Poetry Prize winner, his poems have been published in anthologies, literary magazines and many scientific magazines. He has won several annual writing competitions and was awarded the 2009 Wilma Dykeman Prize for essay writing.