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GINA FRANCO is a writer and teacher.  


RELI[E]ABLE SIGNS is her journal of photographs. It reflects her travels between the deserts of the Southwest to visit family and the snowy Midwest where she lives and works most of the year.


She is the author of The Keepsake Storm, poems that explore memory and narrative, especially in light of place, faith, and identity.


She has published widely in many journals, including 32 Poems, Black Warrior Review, BorderSenses, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Diagram, Drunken BoatImage: Art, Faith, MysteryFence, The Georgia Review, PoetryPrairie Schooner, Seneca ReviewTuesday; an Art ProjectWest Branch Wired,  Zocaloand Zone 3. 


Her writing is also anthologized in A Best of Fence: the First Nine Years, Lasting: Poems on Aging, Loft and Range, The Wind Shifts: New Latino PoetryCamino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing, and The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity


She earned degrees from Smith College and Cornell University, and she was awarded residencies and fellowships with Casa Libre en la Solana, the Santa Fe Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferenceand the PINTURA:PALABRA Residency in Washington, DC (sponsored by Letras Latinas: Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame)


She served as art editor, gratefully, for several years to Pilgrimage Magazine.


She teaches poetry writing, 18th & 19th century British literature, Gothic literature, Modern & contemporary poetry, poetry translation, Latino writing, religion and literature, and literary theory at at Knox Collegewhere she was awarded the Philip Green Wright-Lombard Prize for distinguished teaching. 


She is an oblate with the Catholic monastic order of the Community of St John in Princeville, Illinois


You can sometimes find her on Facebook.


 


READ THE BOOK


The Keepsake Storm (University of Arizona Press)


 


READ AN INTERVIEW


West Branch Wired


 


READ SOME POEMS


"The Stone is Worldless" at 32 Poems


"Otherwise All Would Be God" at Diagram


"The Box" at Fence


"Foundations of a Marvelous Science" at Image: Art, Faith, Mystery


"Velvet" at The Poetry Foundation


"Archaeopteryx, an Elegy" at The Poetry Foundation


"Refrain" at Poetry Magazine


"The Bells" at The Poetry Center at Smith College


"Fishing" at The Poetry Center at Smith College


"passed over the shadows..." at The Poetry Center at Smith College


"Retablo:" at West Branch Wired


from "Substantial" at West Branch Wired


"The Spirit is Boneat West Branch Wired


"Fiat" at Zocalo 


from "The Accidental" at Zone 3


 


LISTEN 


poems: The Knox Writers' House Recording Project


an interview: Writers at Cornell


a poetry reading with Blas Falconer: Poetry Foundation


a reading from The Keepsake Storm: Library of Congress, "Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers 


 


PRAISE FOR THE KEEPSAKE STORM


“Franco's poems,” Alice Fulton writes, “enact the thrill of alchemy and metamorphosis, the riveting moment when changelings are betwixt-between, nightingale or monsters—it's hard to tell which, so vast and pliable and layered the scene. The poems bequeath a sense of place so deep it transcends particularity and arrives at the interior terrain of thought, the inscape of what-is.” 


Judith Kitchen, reviewing for the Georgia Review, writes that The Keepsake Storm’s “final sequence is so finely wrought, so nuanced and complicated, that it alone heralds an exciting new presence on the poetic stage.”


Midwest Book Review: "Dealing with such diverse themes as cultural alienation, lost family roots, the ambiguous nature of the self, Gina Franco uses her poetry to reaffirm the power of self-awareness, history, and places."


 


OTHER REVIEWS


phati'tude review of The Other Latin@, edited by Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López: "By way of metaphysics, Gina Franco in The Child in the House takes us to Latino poetry and a deconstruction of Western narratives. Christianity, language, culture and logocentrism (the idea that we have access to truth by way of reason and written language) are difficult to contest. One contests them by identifying and dismantling the oppressor in American culture, and she acknowledges this by “wielding her sword at abstractions” at history, government and patriarchy. Poetry is a point of dissension. What is to dissent? To live in dualities, at a distance, in opposition and to sustain the differences instead of accepting the hierarchical nature of the first term: right/left, north/south, soul/body, you/me."

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CAMERAS Canon Digital Rebel XSi, Canon 5D II


LENSES Canon 16-35 f/2.8L II, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L, Canon 50 f/1.4, Canon 85 f/1.8, Sigma 20mm f/1.8


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