About Talia

Talia Franks grew up wanting to be a professional polymath and decided that publishing and working with words is just as rewarding. A Brandeis University alum, Talia earned a bachelor’s degree in European cultural studies and linguistics, and a master’s degree in comparative humanities. After college, she interned at Perseus Books, and as an undergraduate, she participated in numerous clubs and societies including multiple LGBTQIA+ organizations, the Brandeis Harry Potter Alliance, the Quidditch team, and co-leading the Spanish-speaking social group Charlamos. Her experience working in Brandeis’ Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, intertwined with her identity as a queer person of color, has inspired her to explore the ways in which the literary world can reflect the diversity of the everyday. Talia currently volunteers with Dobby’s Sox, the Boston Area chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, and is a student at the Columbia Publishing Course, expecting to receive her certificate in July.

Talia likes her feminism intersectional and her entertainment diverse, and she created Word-for-Sense to share her thoughts about translation, writing, books, nerdiness, and language. (And also to share her life with the internet, in true millennial fashion). On a related note, she thinks that talking about herself in the third person is disconcerting but is sticking to her established methods and doing it anyway.

In her free time, Talia enjoys reading, writing, and translating poetry & prose from Spanish to English. The three things Talia will never say no to are a good cup of tea, a Harry Potter debate, or a linguistics meme.


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