All posts by Franky Frances Cannon

A BOOK for FRANCES—An old project, retrieved from the archives

I recently found this handmade book that I gave to my father as a gift several years ago (given my terrible memory, it could have been three years ago, or five… who knows). He named me after the badger in Russel Hoban’s “Frances” series, most notably: Bread and Jam for Frances, so I decided to write and illustrate my own version as a tribute to my Dad.

 

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TEACHING: Art and Creative Writing

AUTUMN, my season for teaching. I am teaching several creative writing and fiction workshops at Champlain College this fall, but also visual arts, hybrid, and creative writing courses at the Shelburne Craft School. There is still time to register for one of my courses there. Follow this link to register
 
SHELBURNE CRAFT SCHOOL:
 
INTRO TO WATERCOLOR (Adult):
Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm, September 13- October 18
 
ILLUSTRATED JOURNALS The ARTIST BOOK: (Adult):
 
Fall 2018 Wednesdays, 9:30 am -11:30 am September 26- November 14
 
INTO TO WATERCOLOR (Adult):
 
Fall 2018 · Thursdays, 6 pm – 8 pm Sep 13, 2018 – Oct 18, 2018
 
WATERCOLOR PRACTICE (Adult Mixed Level):
Fall 2018Thursday, 6pm – 8pm, November 1- December 13
 
WORKSHOP: Watercolor Still Life (Adult, one day workshop)
 
Saturday (one day) 10am- 3pm November 17
 
CREATIVE WRITING: LYRICAL PROSE (Adult):
 
Thursdays, 3pm – 5pm, September 13- October 18

Another BOOK on the horizon

I have some BIG ART and LIFE NEWS! I turned my manuscript in today for a new book with MIT Press! It won’t be released until next year, but the deadline was last night, and though I feel like a paper doll or zombie from lack of sleep and overworking my drawing fingers, I’m ecstatic and relieved to have completed this stage of the process. BUT, I am thrilled to be working on this book, which in short, is a graphic nonfiction “translation” of Walter Benjamin’s dreams, philosophies, and aphorisms. It’s been a long process and much more work lies ahead. Here are some teasers and some evidence of the towers of research texts that I accumulated during my process. You’ll also notice a stack of *some* of my notebooks filled with drawings.  I can’t share any full illustrations, because art is not free and I want the book to stand alone as a physical art object in collaboration with MIT. For a better idea of what I’m working on, check out the fall 2017 issue of The Iowa Review, they published a visual essay of mine about Walter Benjamin, which was the precursor to this upcoming book, here’s the link. 

 

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The Daily Palette

I have been involved with so many art and writing projects (and publications) over the past few months that it slipped my mind to share the news that several pieces of mine were published in The Daily Palette, through Iowa Writes.

Here is a link to one of the poetry comics

And here is a link to all of the pieces of my work that they have published

 

I’ve been published! Read the new issue of MIRACLE MONOCLE: a Poetry, Prose, and Hybrid journal

 

I’ve been published! Read the new issue of MIRACLE MONOCLE: a Poetry, Prose, and Hybrid journal, out of Louisville. I am going to borrow some of the words of Sarah Anne Strickley, the Faculty Editor of the journal, to announce the release:

“We are now pleased to announce the release of Issue X of Miracle Monocle, the University of Louisville’s online literary journal.
Highlights of this eclectic and spunky issue include a Special Feature delving into the writerly allure of collage art. Enjoy galleries of gorgeous–and sometimes charmingly grotesque–images created by writers of prose and poetry alike, including Karyna McGlynn, Matthew Vollmer, and John Gallaher.
In our Experimental & Hybrid category, you’ll also find an examination of the place of the image in literary art with gutsy work from Frances Cannon and Sarah Rosenthal. Highlights in this category also include genre-bending flash from Sarah Gorham and Mathias Svalina.
If you’re in the mood for salty or genre-expanding poetry, be sure to sample new work from Kent Shaw, Eric Pankey, and Rebecca Morgan Frank. If innovative fiction is your taste, look to Rebbecca Brown and Susann Cokal to spice up your morning. (We also highly recommend our interview with Kayla Rae Whitaker; you’ll find a sample of her debut novel in our Fiction category too.)
You’ll meet the winners of our Award for Emerging Writers and Award for Ambitious Student Writing in our Nonfiction and Ambitious Student Writer categories respectively. Erin Wood and Jessica Newman are writers you’re going to want to watch; we believe they represent a bright future for innovative literary art.
In the end, we encourage you to peruse the whole darn issue–perhaps reading it as you enjoy the first fumblings of Spring through an open window. Or, better yet, get outside and read Miracle Monocle on your phone or tablet. We know you’re going to find something in this issue that will refresh your sensibilities and re-orient your sense of what’s possible on the page.”

The Ilanot Review : PICTURES issue is live!

I worked as the graphics guest editor for the vivid, meticulous, unusual, lovely literary and arts journal The ILANOT REVIEW. This issue is special to my interests, as it is a “graphics” oriented theme—poetry comics, graphic essays, illustrated fiction, comic narratives, and hybrid works of unnamed genres. There are some true treasures here, including an interview with poet and comic artist Bianca Stone, along with dozens of talented poets, painters, and other artist-writers from around the world. I had the privilege of contributing to the editing and selection of these works. Take a look! Click the link for the full journal.

PICTURES 

Uncrowned Queens.jpgImage credit Regina Jean, one of the contributors to this issue

BON MOT Radio interview on poetry, art, and Sylvia Plath

 

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Dear art fans, poetry gobblers, radio listeners,

Rick Agran hosts a show called Bon Mot (the good word) on a Vermont radio show through the Goddard campus radio, and little while back he interviewed me about my poetry career, my prose, Sylvia Plath, life adventures, and my artistic process.
Now you can listen to the recording!

Radio Interview on the art and poetry of Franky Frances Cannon:

Part 1

Part 2

IMAGE AND WORD, Resurrecting old work from the archives

I just found out that an artist book that I made a number of years ago, Image Burn is included in the section of the exhibit that highlights books made by students that are now in Special Collections. I made this book as part of my undergraduate thesis project with Major Jackson and Jane Kent will be on display as part of the following exhibit, from January 22-February 15:

Illuminating Words: Artists’ Books at the University of Vermont

Colburn Gallery, Williams Hall, UVM (MondayFriday)

For over 50 years, the University of Vermont’s Department of Art and Art History and Special Collections have been making, collecting and sharing artists’ books. Drawing on the rich resources in Special Collections, this exhibit celebrates book arts at UVM. Join us at 12 pm, February 14 for a gallery tour, and visit Special Collections to see our exhibit featuring Arion Press books.

There will be an introductory talk about the exhibit,

February 6

Word/Image: A Conversation Across Disciplines with Major Jackson and Jane Kent

301 Williams Hall, UVM, 6:00 pm

Poet Major Jackson and artist Jane Kent will have a conversation about their on-going collaborative project and discuss their distinct ideas about the interaction of word and image. A reception will follow the conversation, and the Colburn Gallery will be open for viewing “Illuminating Words.”