Frances Cannon is a writer and artist with an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and a BA in poetry and printmaking from the University of Vermont.  

She is the author and illustrator of graphic literary criticism published by MIT Press, Walter Benjamin: Reimagined, as well as the graphic memoir, The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank, published by Gold Wake Press, a book of paintings and poetic translations, Tropicalia, through Vagabond Press, and a book of poems and prints, Uranian Fruit, through Honeybee Press, as well as a book of poems forthcoming with Ethel Press.

She was born in Utah and has since lived in Oregon, Vermont, California, Maine, Iowa, Italy, Guatemala, France, and Mexico, making art and writing books. She has also worked as an editorial intern and contributor at McSweeney’s QuarterlyThe BelieverThe Lucky Peach, and The Iowa Review. She has recently been published in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, Pleiades, VicePrompt PressThe Iowa ReviewThe Examined Life JournalEdible MagazineElectric Lit, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.


MFA | University of Iowa

BFA - Poetry & Printmaking | University of Vermont

Selected work