Edward Francisco is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and scholar. His poetry and fiction have appeared in more than seventy magazines and journals and a half dozen anthologies. He is the author of two novels, Till Shadows Flee, and The Dealmaker. His poetry collections include (Lie)fe Boat (winner of the 1995 Bluestone Press award); Death, Child, and Love (2000); The Alchemy of Words, (one of Small Press Review’s Top Picks for 2007); and Only the Word Gives Us Being (2012). Francisco was principal editor of The South in Perspective, an anthology of Southern literature, published by Prentice-Hall. He is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, Tennessee.
What happens when a prize-winning poet and a dazzlingly gifted nine-year-old illustrator collaborate on a children’s book? Mallory’s World from A to Z is a collection of smart and appealing alphabet poems illustrated by the poet’s great niece, a blond-haired ball of energy and art student named Mallory. Inspired by poet laureate Richard Wilbur’s Opposites series, the mnemonic qualities of the poems and the whimsical illustrations will make this collection memorable for children and their parents and caregivers alike.