Krista Franklin


Krista Franklin is the recipient of the Propeller Fund and the Albert P. Weisman Award, and has held residencies at A Studio in the Woods, Cave Canem, and the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative. Her poems and visual art have been published in Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, Vinyl, BOMB Magazine and Encyclopedia, Vol. F-K. Willow Books published Study of Love & Black Body, her chapbook of poems, in 2012. Franklin’s work has exhibited nationally, and was featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire (Season Two). She is the co-curator of the Chicago citywide poetry and art initiative, EKPHEST: A Festival of Art + Word, and 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars. She holds a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts – Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago.

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Krista’s Website

The Offing – “History, As Written by the Victors”

JSTOR Daily – “And, Also, Too “

Chicago Artist Writers – “Quiet Storm: An Interview with Ayanah Moor and Krista Franklin”

Arts & Culture – “The Next Generation of Chicago Afrofuturism”