Francis DiClemente is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who lives in Syracuse, New York. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Outward Arrangements: Poems (2021) and Dreaming of Lemon Trees: Selected Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2019).

His writing has also appeared in Narratively, The Millions, Artnet News, Film International, Connotation Press, Primer Magazine, Stone Canoe and in the books Air: A Radio Anthology (Books by Hippocampus, 2019), Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength (2014) and Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial, 2009).

He co-produced and co-directed the documentary film The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life, which earned a New York Emmy award in 2021.

His full-length stage play, Beyond the Glass, inspired by the Edward Hopper painting Nighthawks, was produced by a regional theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2017.

He received a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and earned a master of arts in film and video from American University in Washington, DC. He is employed at Syracuse University.

2 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Peggy Lisewski says:

    Hi Fran. I am doing flower arrangement for your program with Wednesday Morning Club. Unfortunately I have an appt that morning so will have to watch recording later. Do you remember our family. You went to nursery school with our son Chris. He came home one day upset and said to his Dad, Fran – Fran D is named after his father – why didn’t you name me Francis!! Also remember going to your house where the basement had a full kitchen. Also, when Fran and I were dating we went to the DeCosty’s (was around Easter of 1966) and your Mom and Grandma were making pasta. Never saw that before and had only had it out of the box! Your parents were so nice and your grandparents too. Have enjoyed reading Dreaming of Lemon Trees and Sidewalk Stories.

  2. Hi Peggy, thanks for the nice note. I sure remember Chris and Amy, and you brought back some warm memories of that time period. I am looking forward to the Wednesday Morning Club meeting! Thanks again and all the best.

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