Now Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Bachelor Auction


Friends of Literacy is now accepting nominations for eligible bachelors! If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the 2014 Bachelor Auction to be held on March 14, click on the link below to download the application.

2014 Bachelor Auction Application

We're working to have the biggest and best bachelor auction yet! To keep up with the event, stay tuned to our website and be sure to "like" the official Friends of Literacy Bachelor Auction Facebook page here.

Purchase Tickets for the 2013 East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame Today!

Please join us for the 10th year of the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 10, at the Crowne Plaza. The event begins at 7 p.m. and recognizes the work of five East Tennessee Writers and the achievements of our GED and literacy program students. Individual tickets are $100 and table sponsorships are $1,200. Tickets include a three-course dinner, silent auction, and time to meet authors and have books signed.

Click here for more details and to purchase your tickets.

Please RSVP by October 3.

Save the Date for the 2013 Bachelor Auction


February 8, 2013
Rothchild's Catering & Conference Center

Emcees Lauren Davis of WVLT
 and Auctioneer Dino Cartwright WVLT
Funds raised support adults learning to read

After searching high and low, Friends of Literacy has discovered Knoxville’s most good looking, well-versed, and multi-talented men. Most importantly these men are single! They've put their boyish reservations aside for the good of a greater cause: fighting illiteracy in Knox County. How are they going to pull this off? By auctioning off dates with Prince Charming himself to the highest bidder on the floor! Come watch FOL flaunt this year's pick of the litter!

Event Description:

  • 6:30 VIP reception $60 - includes champagne drink, food, chance to mingle with bachelors, and front table at auction
  • 7:30 Doors open to all ticket holders $35 in advance $45 at the door- food, $3 signature drink, mingling with bachelors for 30 minutes
  • 8:00 Auction begins - Emcees Lauren Davis WVLT & Auctioneer Dino Cartwright WVLT
  • Most Eligible Bachelor crowned followed by auction

Be sure to like our Friends of Literacy and Bachelor Auction Facebook pages for the latest information about the event.

2012 East TN Writers Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to our 2012 East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame Inductees!

Inman Majors is a novelist, poet, and professor of English. He has written four novels in the last twelve years: Love’s Winning Plays, The Millionaires, Wonderdog,and Swimming in the Sky. Movie rights have been sold for Wonderdog. Both Love’s Winning Plays and The Millionaires have received audio book deals. Three of Major’s op-eds on the subject of the 2008 Presidential election have been published by The New York Times. Several of his poems have appeared in journals such as The Antioch Review, Crazyhorse, and The Mississippi Review. He has made radio and television appearances on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Nashville Public Television’sA Word on Words, Alabama Public Television’sBookworks, as well as many others. In addition to radio and television appearances, he has also been a guest speaker at Millsaps College, Hollins University, The Eudora Welty Symposium, the Library of Virginia, and the Southern Festival of Books, just to name a few. Currently Inman lives in Waynesboro, Virginia with his wife, Christy; daughter, Tess; and son, Maxwell while serving as an associate professor of English at James Madison University.

Inman Majors- Fiction

Dr. Glenn Reynolds is a Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. To many in the world he is most well known as the voice of Instapundit, a hugely popular political blog with a libertarian spin. He has also written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Columbia Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology as well as countless others. Dr. Reynolds is also a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics magazine, a regular contributor of a column in the Washington Examiner, and has recently begun writing a weekly column for USA Today. He has testified before Congressional committees on space law, international trade, and domestic terrorism. Dr. Reynolds has been executive chairman of the National Space Society and a member of the White House Advisory Panel on Space Policy. A member of University of Tennessee’s faculty since 1989, he received the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award in 1991 and the W. Allen Separk Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award in 1998.


David Brill’s essays, personality profiles, and articles on science, ecology, the environment, business, health, fitness, parenting, and adventure-travel have appeared in more than 25 national and regional magazines, including National Geographic Traveler and Men’s Health. Brill has published four non-fiction books: As Far as the Eye Can See: Reflections of an Appalachian Trail Hiker; A Separate Place: A Father’s Reflection on Building a Home and Renewing a Family, Desire and Ice: Searching for Perspective atop Denali; and Cumberland Odyssey: A Journey in Pictures and Words along Tennessee’s Cumberland Trail and Plateau. He has received an award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation for Desire and Ice: Challenge on Denali, and the article was published online by National Geographic Traveler magazine in 2002. He has served on the teaching staffs of two universities and one community college. Brill, his wife, Belinda, and their dog, Zebulon, divide their time between a house in North Knoxville and their cabin on the Cumberland Plateau in Morgan County.


Richard Jackson is the author of ten books of poems including Resonance, Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems, and Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems. He has also published two books of translations, Last Voyage: The Poems of Giovanni Pascoli from Italian and Alexandar Persolja's Journey of the Sun from Slovene. In addition, he has written two critical books, Acts of Mind: Conversations with American Poets and Dismantling Time in Contemporary Poetry, and has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry, as well as the journal, Poetry Miscellany. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and has appeared in The Best American Poems, among other collections. Jackson has been awarded the Order of Freedom Medal by the President of Slovenia for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans, and has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, Witter-Bynner Fellow, NEA fellow, NEH Fellow, and has lectured and given readings at dozens of universities and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, he won the AWP George Garret National Award for Teaching, Writing and Arts Advocacy, and has had 5 Pushcart Prize Poem appearances. He also leads a group of writing students to Europe each May.

R Jackson Poetry

Lisa Alther lived in Kingsport, Tennessee until she went to Wellesley College and earned her BA in English Literature. She is the author of five novels: Kinflicks, Original Sins, Other Women, Bedrock and Five Minutes in Heaven. Each of her novels have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide and have been translated into French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Hungarian, Slovene, Greek, Turkish, and Spanish. The first three novels were featured selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, and the five novels combined have sold over six million copies. A novella entitled Birdman of the Dancer, based on a series of monotypes by the French artist Francoise Gilot, has been published in Holland, Denmark, and Germany. Alther’s novels are studied in university courses in English Literature, Southern Literature, Appalachian Literature, Women’s Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Sociology, and Psychology. Although she has lived in both London and Paris, she currently divides her time between Vermont, where she has lived for thirty years and raised her daughter, and New York City.


Jacob Huskey was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Balch Springs, a city in Dallas County. He moved to Knoxville in hopes of bettering himself and joined the Friends of Literacy’s Learn Now program at Pond Gap. His favorite subject is reading and he enjoys reading his favorite magazine Game Informer, which provides news, reviews, and previews on all of the latest video games and gaming systems. His hobbies include playing video games, watching movies, and playing handball with his dad.He looks forward to completing the GED program so that he can pursue a career in the heating and air field.