Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Laguna Author Was 'Example of What a Teacher Should Be'.(Final)(Obituary)

Byline: Paul Logan Journal Staff Writer

Lee Francis

Lee Francis, a nationally known Laguna Pueblo author, was a "central force" in the encouragement of young Native American writers, a friend said Tuesday.

Francis, winner of the 2003 Excellence in Literary Arts Bravos Award, died Monday of cancer at his Albuquerque home. He was 58.

Francis was a University of New Mexico associate professor and founder/national director of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Francis was a nonjudgmental person who was generous with his advice and his spirit, said Joseph Bruchac, an Abenaki Indian writer from Greenfield Center, N.Y.

"I would say in the last 10 years in particular, Lee has been a very central force in the encouragement and the advancement of young native writers," Bruchac said. …

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