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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. atefwepwawet
    December 12, 2019 @ 14:52

    Interesting piece, and very thorough! As a relative newcomer to polytheism (3ish years) it’s been interesting to watch how UPG can become SPG, and I would’ve never thought of the comparison of headcanon to fanon, but I can see the similarity. It’s always fascinating for me to try to figure out what the threshold is, going from UPG to SPG — how many individuals need to have that UPG in order for it to become SPG? Does that quantity decrease if a big-name-pagan supports that UPG? I know it varies of course, but interesting stuff!


    • Talia Franks
      December 12, 2019 @ 18:13

      I like your point about how we should consider the threshold when thinking about UPG v. SPG! Personally I find that something becomes SPG as soon as it is no longer limited to just one person — that is to say that for me SPG isn’t a monolith, and exists on a spectrum, so as soon as any number of people beyond the individual start to share a belief or experience its spiritual concentration begins to slide up the SPG scale.


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