Yolanda Franklin - Cedar City

Yolanda Franklin

Yolanda Franklin

Oct 18, 2018, 7:00 pm


Yolanda Franklin

Book Title

Blood Vinyls


Cedar City

Southwest Region


Artisans Gallery
94 W Center St
Cedar City , UT 84720-2558
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Sugar House Review and Southern Utah University host poet Yolanda Franklin at Artisan's Gallery. Franklin is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow and the author of the new collection, Blood Vinyls.

The organization of the Blood Vinyls as tracks, with each track as a theme, illuminates these soulful, gorgeous, intelligently-crafted poems, capturing the black South and womanhood so intimately, and with such knowing — an edgy discography of Florida and the contentions of gender and race in the South. Franklin understands, like Zora Neale Hurston, how to pen intimate narratives that reveal a distinctive aspect of southern history, and its customs stemming from the legacies of slavery and beyond.

Yolanda J. Franklin is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, a recipient of a 2016-2017 McKnight Dissertation Fellowship and a Kingsbury writing award. Franklin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Her poems appear in the current issue or are forthcoming in the following journals: Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southern Humanities Review, and the Apalachee Review. Her poetry also appears in the recent anthology “It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop” and is a two-time recipient of a J.M. Shaw Academy of American Poets Award. Franklin is a third generation Floridian, born in the state’s capital — Tallahassee. She loves dancing to old school hip-hop, baking, food tasting, and can be found at her favorite coffee shop, Black Dog Café in Railroad Square enjoying a drink the baristas named after her.

This event is made possible with support from Sugar House Review, Southern Utah University, and Utah Humanities.