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.
I am an instructor of visual arts, watercolor painting, and hybrid media at the Shelburne Craft School in Vermont, and I have a few courses starting this summer and this early fall. Scroll to the bottom of my instructor page on their website to view my courses:
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.
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:
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.
Image credit Regina Jean, one of the contributors to this issue
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:
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 (Monday–Friday)
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,
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.”
I’m launching my new website and project: art and writing mentorship, where you can find more descriptions of the courses I will be teaching at the Shelburne Craft School, and other opportunities for individual mentorship. This is a soft launch, I’ll admit that the “school” is currently more conceptual than actualized, but I’m living more in my imagination than in the corporeal realm these days, so this fits,