Talia Franks

Talia Franks (they/them) is a poet, writer, and translator born and raised in Massachusetts. They are an alum of the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference and of the Columbia Publishing Course, and earned a Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities from Brandeis University. Talia writes regularly on Word-for-Sense and Other Stories and they have contributed articles to both Black Girls Create and Nerdist. They've also written reviews of poetry and prose in translation for Three Percent, and their poetry has appeared in the Brandeis University publications Jaded and Ebony Axis. When not reading, writing, or translating Talia enjoys hiking, meditation, spending time with friends and family, indexing their personal library, and trying to find more time in their schedule to read. You can find Talia on Instagram and Twitter as @talia_franks and you can support Talia on Ko-fi or Patreon.


  1. Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller – Word-for-Sense and Other Stories
    June 1, 2018 @ 15:40

    […] that exists in an environment that is so oppressive to women. When I read Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles* I was taken aback by the stark reference to the maltreatment of women as was customary in the […]


  2. Book Review: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – Word-for-Sense and Other Stories
    October 5, 2018 @ 12:08

    […] personal interest, and I have also read and seen other adaptations of the cycle (see my review of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller) but the unique feature of The Silence of the Girls being the story as told from the perspective of […]


  3. Book Reviews in Review Part I – Word-for-Sense and Other Stories
    November 30, 2018 @ 06:24

    […] and subversive retelling” of a well-known goddess from The Odyssey; not to mention The Song of Achilles, also by Madeline Miller, which recounts the Trojan war through the love story of Achilles and […]


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