This selection comes from Frances Cannon’s book, The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big Little Frank available from Gold Wake Press. Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.
FRANCES CANNON is a writer and artist with an MFA in creative writing and book arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a BFA in poetry and printmaking from the University of Vermont. She is the author and illustrator of a book of graphic literary criticism published by MIT Press, Walter Benjamin: Reimagined, as well as a graphic memoir, The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank, published by Gold Wake Press, a book of paintings and poetic translations, Tropicalia, through Vagabond Press, and a book of poems and prints, Uranian Fruit, through Honeybee Press. She was born in Utah and has since lived in Oregon, Vermont, California, Maine, Iowa, Italy, Guatemala, France, and Mexico making art and writing books. She has also worked as an editorial intern and contributor at McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Believer, The Lucky Peach, and The Iowa Review. She has recently been published in The Literary Hub, The Rumpus, The Green Mountain Review, Hunger Mountain, Vice, Prompt Press, The Iowa Review, The Examined Life Journal, Edible Magazine, Electric Lit, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. She currently lives in Vermont, where she teaches creative writing at Champlain College and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and visual arts courses at the Shelburne Craft School.