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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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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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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.

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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

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!

 

 

SNEAK PEEK, JUST a HINT: a NEW BOOK LURKS BELOW the SURFACE of the NEAR-FUTURE, from the FINGERS and BRAIN of FRANCES

I can’t tell you everything, or anything, but I’ll tease you with some artwork! This book is coming out in the next season through GOLD WAKE PRESS. balance

 

I stick to music and it sticks to me, honey to a bee. Can’t help but collaborate. Cheers, Eric George! Here’s his music, our artwork.

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I’m honored to work with this musical genius. He’s putting out a new album this season, and he asked me to illustrate his songbook. So I did, of course! “Pay up” on kickstarter and you might just get some of my original artwork. I’ve included a sneak peeks (illustration above).

Support Eric George’s project here