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Talia Franks

Talia Franks (they/them) is a poet, writer, podcaster, and translator born and raised in Massachusetts. Talia writes regularly on Word-for-Sense and Other Stories and is host of Into the Archives: A Fanfiction Podcast and co-host of The Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Podcast. They are a contributor to These Bewitching Bonds: A Black Girls Create Anthology and their poetry has appeared in Mass Poetry's Hard Work of Hope, Brandeis University's Jaded and Ebony Axis, and in the Black Girls Create Obsidian Archives. They are an alum of the Bread Loaf Translator's Conference and the Columbia Publishing Course, and earned a Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities from Brandeis University. When not reading, writing, or translating Talia enjoys hiking, swimming, 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.


  1. On Writing About Harry Potter… Again – Word-for-Sense and Other Stories
    November 16, 2018 @ 06:05

    […] into key words having to do with Harry Potter. I had been reluctant to do so, because for all that I do like to write about Harry Potter I hadn’t wanted it to be my sole focus here. However, as I did more research into what there was […]


  2. On Distraction and Inconvenient Inspiration – Word-for-Sense and Other Stories
    February 5, 2019 @ 06:58

    […] Honestly language fascinates me, and sometimes I get so caught up in it that I can hardly concentrate on anything else. This is obviously less than ideal when I am supposed to be reading and concentrating on a text because my thoughts will be completely adrift and then I’ll have to flip back or scroll up until I get to the last part I remember. It’s why whenever I am reading something that I know I’m going to need to come back to I always make a point to take small notes as I read, either in a notebook, or in sticky notes that I put inside the book. Sometimes, if I own the book, I write in the margins with pencil, but not often. To be honest I only really do that with my Harry Potter books, and that’s just because I’m a nerd, and because  I write about Harry Potter a lot. […]


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