Paco Ahlgren
Born (1968-11-19) November 19, 1968 (age 54)
El Paso, Texas
  • Musician
  • author
  • journalist
Notable awardsNext Generation Indie Book Award[1]
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Silver[2]

Paco Ahlgren (born Frank Richard Ahlgren, III on November 19, 1968) is an American writer, musician, and financial journalist. His novel, Discipline, was published in July 2007 by Greenleaf Book Group; it went on to receive three awards for commercial fiction.[1][2][3]


Ahlgren began his musical career in 1987 as a teenager in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, playing shows with his band The Bentley Tock.[4] The band's first single, She, was the most requested song on WVUA-FM in 1988.[4] In 1989, they played a well-received show at the University of Alabama's Riverside Amphitheater and recorded a 6-song EP,[4] and then a full-length album in 1992 entitled Able.[5]

Ahlgren's novel, Discipline, received a favorable review from Jeffrey Satinover.[6] Discipline also received recommendations from The Midwest Book Review,[7] The Houston Press[8] and the Durango Herald.[9] It was selected as a 2007 Booksense Notable by the American Booksellers Association.[10] In 2009, it was optioned to become a motion picture, by David Permut and Steve Jones.[11]

Ahlgren is a contributing writer to Seeking Alpha.[12]


Ahlgren is the grandson of Frank Ahlgren Sr., editor of Memphis daily newspaper The Commercial Appeal for 32 years, and a University of Tennessee Board of Trustees member for 27 years. Ahlgren Sr. was involved in developing the university's School of Journalism in 1957, and was inducted into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame in November 2007.[13]


  1. ^ a b 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Award. "Discipline - by Paco Ahlgren". Next Generation Indie Book Awards Website. Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  2. ^ a b "2007 Foreword INDIES Winners in Science Fiction & Fantasy (Adult Fiction)". Foreword Reviews. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. ^ 2008 Eric Hoffer Award. "Discipline - by Paco Ahlgren". Hoffer Award Website. Archived from the original on 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  4. ^ a b c Cobb, Mark Hughes (October 26, 1989). "Unknown local band on verge of breakthrough". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Bentley Tock - Able". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Novelist Ahlgren to teach thrill writing". Sedona Red Rock News. October 5, 2007. p. 6B. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  7. ^ Cox, James A. "The Fiction Shelf". Midwest Book Review: Library Bookwatch, Volume 2, Number 9. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  8. ^ Ramey, Julia. "Paco Ahlgren: Debut novelist reads from Discipline". Houston Press Arts and Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  9. ^ Miller, Patricia. "Supernatural crime fighting fills first novel". The Durango Herald. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  10. ^ 2007 Booksense Notable. "Discipline - by Paco Ahlgren". Booksense Notable Website. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  11. ^ McNary, James (2009-07-19). "Permut, Jones set 'Discipline'". Variety Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  12. ^ Seeking Alpha. "Author, Paco Ahlgren". Seeking Alpha Website. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  13. ^ Tennessee Press Association. "Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2016-07-12.