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.

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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.”

 

Art and poetry through Gold Wake Live

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There has been a new edition published of the online literary and art journal, Gold Wake Live, by Gold Wake Press. They have selected one of my illustrated poems. Check it out! Thanks to Prompt Press as well for the original publication of this poem,

GOLD WAKE LIVE 

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PROMPT PRESS

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CICADA school, my new project

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,

CICADA 

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New publications in PROMPT PRESS

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I’m thrilled to be published in the new Prompt Press book, Prompt 6, which is a collaborative collection of visual art responses to the prose poems of Francesca Abbate, designed by printmaker and bookmaker Rachel Kauff. I’m one of the six artists to respond to her work. You can view the responses here, but I recommend buying the book if you want to hold a beautiful handmade object d’art in your hands.

ALSO, I’m very pleased that Jennifer Colville, the editor extraordinaire, has published my graphic poem on their website. Check it out:

Tell me, Reykjavik

 

Tour Update: after Buffalo, Burlington!

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Dear followers of my book tour/ book life, there’s an exciting change in my book tour plans!

After Buffalo, NY, tonight, with Max Weiss and his artsy community buddies,

I’m re-arranging a bit to participate in the POP CULTURE COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL AND SYMPOSIUM in Burlington, alongside my heroes,

Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman, Joe Sacco !

I will be sharing my books and thoughts at the Day-Long Comic Arts Festival and Symposium on Saturday, October 21, 10am-6pm
at the Fleming Museum, University of Vermont
https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/exhibition-room/

Then, my tour will resume, off to New Haven!

 

 

NEW BOOK! My graphic memoir has been published by Gold Wake Press, and I will be touring the states for your reading pleasure October 1rst.

I have just published my second book, a graphic memoir titled “The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank,” through by Gold Wake Press, and the book will be hot off the presses in late September/ early October. I’m planning a book tour from Colorado all the way back East to Vermont. 

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Here’s the book, with the tools of my trade: yes, flowers are tools too! I created of the artwork in the book with pen and ink, and I designed the cover with the help of Liza Cannon and Nick Courtright. 

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As a teaser, here is a brief description, and an illustration from the book: 

Frances Cannon’s illustrations and prose dance in tandem in this dark fairytale of mental illness, adventure, and resilience. This graphic memoir traces the bumpy road-trip of an unusual mother and daughter duo. Shapeshift Ma displays the erratic behaviors of manic depression. She soars insatiable appetite for love, accomplishment, entertainment, and sex; and in times of emotional despair, she transforms into a wild mare. Her daughter, Big-Little Frank, steels herself against hardship by developing an alter ego—an old, wise grandmotherly self—but when she reaches adulthood, her more vulnerable animal core reveals itself as a bunny-child in need of comfort. Together, they travel around the country in an old junker car, fleeing from fire, divorce, and depression, seeking distraction in romance and art.

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For more information about the book, and to pre-order, (book will be officially released October 1rst), here is Gold Wake’s website:

https://goldwake.com

TOUR DATES AND LOCATIONS

are still solidifying, but for now, here are the events that have already been booked and the towns that I will be passing through, between late September and the first half of October. Keep your eyes peeled for my announcements, and if you live in one of the following towns, come out to hear me read and buy a book. Also, if you have suggestions for venues for the dates later in my tour (East Coast, mostly), reach out! 

  • Sept 29th, Fort Collins, Colorado, Reading and musical events at Wolverine Press Publick House, 7:30
  • October 1rst at 6pm at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boulder, Colorado
  • October 5th at 6:30 pm, reading at Beaverdale Books with Paul Brooke in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Oct. 14th I will be reading from and selling my books at the Book Fair as part of the Iowa City Book Festival, downtown on the Ped Mall in Iowa City, 10am-4pm
  • Oct 15th at the Iowa City Book Festival, I will be reading as part of the Day in the City of Literature on Sunday. Reading at Daydreams Comics with graphic novelist John Ira Thomas.
  • Oct 16, Reading at 6-7pm at Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago, IL
  • Oct 17, Reading time/place to be determined Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct 17, Reading time/place to be determined in Ohio
  • Oct 18, Reading time/place to be determined New York, NY
  • Oct 19, Reading time/place to be determined New Haven, CT
  • Oct 20, Reading time/place to be determined Amherst, MA
  • Book release at either New City Galerie or The Hive (or both!) in late November in Burlington, VT
  • November 19th, tune into Vermont Bon Mot radio program: live broadcast on WGDR 91.1 FM on Sunday evening from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Bon Mot streams world-wide on WGDR.ORG and is archived for two weeks of on-demand listening enjoyment.  http://www.crowmilk.org/bonmot/
  • November 20th, catch my reading at the LIT CLUB at the LAMP SHOP, at 7pm in Burlington. See their Facebook page for information, https://www.facebook.com/lovepoetrylovelamps12N0W00SKI810/