Husband Robert Franks

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Paul Alan Fahey (October 27, 1944 - September 12, 2017) lived and wrote on the California Central Coast. His latest nonfiction anthology was released this year from Vine Leaves Press on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday: "EQUALITY: What Do You Think About When You Think Of Equality?" This is a collection of personal essays from 24 of our best writers including Anne R. Allen, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Anne Perry, Eldonna Edwards, Victoria Zackheim, Dennis Palumbo, Christopher Bram, David Congalton, and Michael Nava.

Paul was also the editor of the 2013 Rainbow Award winning nonfiction anthology, "THE OTHER MAN: 21 Writers Speak Candidly About Sex, Love, Infidelity, & Moving On."

His writing reference, "THE SHORT AND LONG OF IT: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction" won the 2016 Rainbow Award for nonfiction.

On June 28, 2013, after 37 years of living together, his long-term partner Robert Franks proposed to him. He said, "I'd have to think about it." They married on August 5, 2013.

He was the son of Mary Eileen Nugent, who was the protagonist in his short stories over the years. His hybrid memoir—fiction, memoir, and poetry, tells the story of his special relationship with her.

He earned an undergrad degree in sociology, a Masters from DePaul University in Chicago, and his doctorate in Special Education from the University of San Francisco. Beginning with his 3-year stint in the Peace Corps, his dedication to helping others became evident. He made such an impression, that the government of Ethiopia contracted with him to spend an extra year there.

He won many awards for his writing over the years, including the prestigious Rainbow Award for The Other Man and for a writing reference, The Long and Short of It. He published 27 novellas and many short stories. In pursuit of equality, a topic dear to his heart, he recruited renowned authors who, with his guidance wrote compelling essays on the subject. Equality: What Do You Think About When You Think About Equality. In addition to his classroom work with students with disabilities, Paul served as the Editor in Chief of Mindprints, A Literary Journal, an award- winning forum for writers and artists with disabilities. Many famed local writers debuted in this journal.

Paul Alan Fahey passed away on September 12, 2017, five weeks before his 73rd birthday, after a long battle with cancer. Paul is survived by his husband, Robert Franks, with whom he shared forty-one wonderful years. Twenty-one of those years were here on the Central Coast, where they lived, always with their gaggle of Shelties, lovingly called, “The kids.”


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