Yolanda J. Franklin Jazzes Up the Knott House Museum with a Reading from Her Book of Poetry

Come out to the Knott House Museum tonight as Yolanda J. Franklin reads some of her original pieces from her new book of poetry Blood Vinyls (Anhinga, July 2018), as well as work from several classic jazz poets.

Born and raised in Tallahassee, Franklin earned both her undergraduate degree and a PhD in English from Florida State University. In a previous interview with english.fsu.edu, Franklin said, “growing up in the South is the backbone of my writing.”

She grew up on 40 acres of national forest land, surrounded by her extended family. She has a musical father who played with artists such as Little Richard and BB King, which not only influenced her nature, but her writing as well.

“I say that I am a musician as my father’s daughter because that’s what comes up in my poetry, that influence from my family life,” she said. “I was a tomboy who loves music.”

Blood Vinyls, she says, is a large reflection of her childhood, and she bases many of the ideas in her work around family roots and music.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with poetry, music, and refreshments at the Knott House Museum, 301 East Park Avenue, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets for members are $8 and for non-members the price is $10, and a few tickets are still available at the door.