May 19th 2020

We are BEYOND elated to have poets Krista Franklin and Aricka Foreman in the virtual ethereal world. Join us either on Zoom or on facebook live! Zoom Details at the bottom.

Krista Franklin draws on Pan African histories, Black Surrealism, Afrofuturism, pop culture, art history, and the historical and present-day micro-to-macro violence inflicted upon Black people and other people of color, working to forge imaginative spaces for radical possibilities and visions of liberation.

Featuring 30 poems, 30 artworks, an author statement and an interview, Too Much Midnight chronicles the intersections between art and life, art and writing, the historical and the speculative, cultural and personal identity, the magical and the mundane.

“Krista Franklin is for grown folks only. Too Much Midnight is a brilliant synthesis of her stunning and wildly influential visual art with a series of poems that wrench at the gut of you. This is truth-telling in the vein of Nelson Algren and Patricia Smith, poetry from heavy and dark places– dark like blood, dark like midnight, dark like obsidian stone, like ‘blue-black everything.’”
—Eve L. Ewing, author of 1919

“There doesn’t seem to be a word big enough for all that Krista Franklin is, what miracles she can make when tested with a blank page in front of her. The specificity of her sculpting, her ability to be witness, maker, collector, and knife to all our stories. Too Much Midnight is an exercise in precision, both the blade and the wound it is thrust in. Franklin imagines and re-invents, holding a magnifying glass to things most leave unsaid. Her language collages into and onto itself, leaving the reader in the middle of a whirlwind of words and images, demanding that they contend with it all. After this book, all other language feels weak.”
—Fatimah Asghar, author of If They Come for Us

ABOUT ARICKA & SALT BODY SHIMMER: Aricka Foreman is a poet, editor and educator from Detroit, MI. Author of Salt Body Shimmer and the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber (both on YesYes Books), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her poems, essays and features have appeared in The Offing, Buzzfeed, Vinyl, RHINO, The Blueshift Journal, Day One, shuf Poetry, James Franco Review, THRUSH, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin), among others. She currently lives in Chicago, IL.
Salt Body Shimmer is Aricka Foreman’s bold full-length debut with lush imagery that unfurls a portrait around readers line by line.

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Topic: Krista Franklin
Time: May 19, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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