Krista Franklin is a poet, visual artist and performer who lives and works in Chicago. Much of Franklin’s creative output concerns itself with the intersection of the literary and the visual, and often explores the conceptual concerns of Afrofuturism and AfroSurrealism. She has worked extensively as a teaching artist and lecturer both locally and nationally, and has instructed students from primary school to adults in creative writing and visual art. Her collages have been featured as the cover art of award-winning poetry collections, and exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions at Pace University, UIC’s Gallery 400, Blanc Gallery, and Yonkers Riverfront Public Library. Recent publications of Franklin’s poetry and visual art have appeared in Black Camera, Vinyl 5, BOMB, The New Sound, Copper Nickel, Indiana Review, Clam and Callaloo in addition to the anthologies Encyclopedia Vol. II, F-K and Gathering Ground. In 2012, Willow Books published her chapbook of poetry Study of Love & Black Body. Franklin is the recipient of the Chicago’s Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, the Albert P. Weisman Award, and Columbia College Chicago’s Aiko Fellowship, and held residencies at Cave Canem and A Studio in the Woods. In 2012 she coordinated the limited edition letterpress printing of D. Scot Miller’s Afrosurreal Manifesto: Black is the new black at Center for Book & Paper Arts. A co-founder of 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars, Franklin holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts.