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Krista Franklin is a poet and visual artist that the Poetry Foundation says was influenced by American poet Nikki Giovanni, African-American poet Sonia Sanchez and the writers of the Black Arts Movement and whose main artistic focus is collage where artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
Early life and education
Franklin is originally from Dayton, Ohio, received her BA from Kent State University, her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts-Book and Paper from Columbia College Chicago and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
"Her themes of surrealism and utopic and dystopic visions are intricately woven with subtexts of black beauty, self-reflection, and the African Diaspora. In an interview, Franklin has described her approach as both AfroFuturist and AfroSurrealist. Her poetry is influenced by American poet Nikki Giovanni, African-American poet Sonia Sanchez and the writers of the Black Arts Movement. Franklin's artwork has been featured on the television show Empire.
Regarding her talent in the art of collage, Franklin said, “I learned the art of collage through watching my family make something out of nothing,” she said. “That’s really where my collage aesthetic comes from. It comes from an idea of necessity, you know, how you make something beautiful out of scraps.”
Books and poetry
Franklin’s poetry is included in the anthologies of Penguin Books The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order (1999), and Penguin Books Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (2001)  and Penguin Random House book Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (2001). In 2011, Franklin was a featured performer as well as a celebrity judge at the The Gypsy Poetry Slam held in Lexington, Kentucky.
Franklin’s collages are, also, featured on the covers of several poetry collections, including John Murillo’s Up Jumps the Boogie (2010) and Lita Hooper’s Thunder in Her Voice (2010).
- "Like Water"
- "Dreams In Jay Z Minor"
- "Heavy Rotation"
- "We Wear the Mask"
- "Library of Love"
- "SEED (The Book of Eve)"
- Study of Love & Black Body
Awards and fellowships
- "Profile: Krista Franklin". Poetry Foundation. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/krista-franklin.
- Super User. "Krista Franklin". http://www.blancchicago.com/index.php/artists/krista-franklin.
- Sabine Quetant (16 April 2015). "8 Afrofuturist Artists You Need To Follow Right Now". Blavity. http://blavity.com/8-afrofuturist-artists-who-are-out-of-this-world/. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "FEATURE: Required Intelligence, Punk Artistry In The Midwest - Krista Franklin". afropunk.com. http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/feature-required-intelligence-punk-artistry-in-the-midwest-krista. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Sixty Inches From Center » Black To The Future Series: An Interview with Krista Franklin". http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=15558.
- "Afrofuturist Artist Krista Franklin: And, Also, Too". JSTOR Daily. http://daily.jstor.org/and-also-too-krista-franklin/. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "The Daily Northwestern : NU Arts Night brings Chicago artists to Northwestern". The Daily Northwestern. http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/05/21/campus/nu-arts-night-brings-chicago-artists-to-northwestern/. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Bum Rush the Page". PenguinRandomhouse.com. http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/112841/bum-rush-the-page-by-edited-by-tony-medina-and-louis-reyes-rivera/9780609808405/. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Gathering Ground". The University of Michigan Press. https://www.press.umich.edu/104392/gathering_ground. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Poetry Slam Returns With New Award, Headliner Krista Franklin - UKNow". uky.edu. http://uknow.uky.edu/content/poetry-slam-returns-new-award-headliner-krista-franklin. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Profile: John Murillo". http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/john-murillo.
- "Profile: Lita Hooper". http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/lita-hooper.
- ""Like Water": A Solo Exhibition of Works by Krista Franklin". https://arts.uchicago.edu/event/water-solo-exhibition-works-krista-franklin.
- "The Chicago Maroon — Krista Franklin’s Like Water exhibit explores female ability to shapeshift". The Chicago Maroon. http://chicagomaroon.com/2015/10/15/krista-franklins-like-water-exhibit-explores-female-ability-to-shapeshift/. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Face it". daytoncitypaper.com. http://www.daytoncitypaper.com/face-it/. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Bronzeville’s New Blanc Gallery featured by writer Kylie Zane for latest exhibit “Dreams In Jay Z Minor” by Amanda Williams and Krista Franklin - And The Ordinary People Said". chicagonow.com. http://www.chicagonow.com/and-the-ordinary-people-said/2012/11/bronzevilles-new-blanc-gallery-featured-by-writer-kylie-zane-for-latest-exhibit-dreams-in-jay-z-minor-by-amanda-williams-and-krista-franklin/. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "Art. Krista Franklin. Afrofuturism. Afrosurrealism.". SUPERSELECTED - Black Fashion Magazine Black Models Black Contemporary Artists Art Black Musicians. http://superselected.com/art-krista-franklin-afrofuturism-afrosurrealism/. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "On Blackness Re-imagined: A Performance and Conversation with Krista Franklin and Michael Warr". https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/on-blackness-reimagined-a-performance-and-conversation-with-krista-franklin-and-michael-warr/404f2f09-e71c-4ab8-b0d0-132b86ffb764.
- Derricotte, T.; Eady, C.; Dungy, C.T.; (Organization), Cave Canem (2006). Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-06924-8. http://books.google.com/books?id=dWCKQ6CDG4MC&pg=PA197. Retrieved 25 April 2016.