Russ Franklin teaches creative writing and American literature. He designed and teaches the Graphic Narrative Workshop, which is an interdisciplinary class for creative writers and artists. His short stories and poetry have appeared in Fiction, Alaska Quarterly, EPOCH, Southern Review and Oxford American and others. He was a Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote fellow at Stanford University and a Kingsbury fellow at FSU. He is the author of the novel, Cosmic Hotel.