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A SMALL, BEAUTIFUL THING: poetry and painting collaboration with GennaRose Nethercott and 7×7.la

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I’m thrilled to announce that a new collaboration has been released into the world of hybrid art and literature—poetry and paintings, the former by the lovely and talented GennaRose Nethercott, and the latter by yours truly.

GennaRose is the author of the highly acclaimed and stunning book of poems, The Lumberjack’s Dove, which was published by HarperCollins, and was selected by Louise Gluck for the National Poetry Series in 2018. A hearty cheers for all of this, but more importantly for me, GennaRose is a delightful, enthusiastic presence in Vermont, where I have crossed paths with her in literary and artistic circles over the past decade. We finally came together to collaborate on this exchange of art and poetry, for the series published by 7×7.la, who describe their project this way:

“Launched in 2015 to facilitate a new kind of interdisciplinary collaboration, each 7×7 invites one visual artist and one writer to engage in a two-week creative conversation. The format, inspired by Surrealist games of the early 20th century, challenges participants to improvise, in their respective disciplines, a spontaneous story that pushes into ever-wilder imaginative terrain. Every finished 7×7 is singular, unclassifiable, and wholly original.”

I loved this process, and the results are pretty dandy.

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Here’s our collaboration

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Resurrecting Walter Benjamin’s Archival Spirit: An Interview with the Michigan Quarterly Review

How delightful! The writer and editor Cammie Finch recently interviewed me about my recent book for the Michigan Quarterly Review. You can find and read the interview, titled “Resurrecting Walter Benjamin’s Archival Spirit”, via the link below.

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Also, follow Cammie Finch, she’s a bright beam of intelligent light.

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Phoenix Bookstore Book Launch

I’m looking forward to launching my new book at Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington in May! They have ordered the books already, and I’m thrilled and honored to have a display in the store.

The event is coming up:

Reading at 7pm at Phoenix bookstore.

 

And, an after party with the lovely singer-songwriter Iva Mae at my studio in the Soda Plant (on Pine street, above Tomgirl Juice).

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Solstice Celebrations of New Books

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Now that I have finally turned in my final grades for the three creative writing courses that I teach here in Vermont, I’m finally reaching my head above the chaos for a breath of fresh air, and I went back to re-read the marketing and publicity paperwork for MIT Press regarding my upcoming book. There, I found a very kind and thrilling description of my book among the Editor’s Picks for 2019 collection, written by the acquisitions editor who helped coach me through this process. Here is her write-up,

MIT PRESS EDITOR’S PICKS

“Most of us are familiar with Walter Benjamin, but in revisiting him closely while doing research for this book, I was astonished to realize how persistent his influence is—and, in fact, growing.

Frances Cannon’s passion for Benjamin is infectious. Her graphic translations charm and captivate. In the same way that Benjamin’s writing is likened to a meandering stroll, Cannon’s pen wanders, strays, digresses. She illuminates Benjamin the flâneur—allowing us, along with her, to become flâneurs ourselves, traveling through his mind.

This is a fun read, and unpredictable in the best sense of the word. As one of the endorsers notes: “we need to come up with new names for something this wonderful and brand new in the world.”

 

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

 

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. 

GOLD WAKE PRESS

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/