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

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

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 VicePrompt PressThe Iowa ReviewThe Examined Life JournalEdible MagazineElectric Lit, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

She currently lives in Vermont, where she teaches creative writing at Champlain College and visual arts courses at the Shelburne Craft School.


MFA | University of Iowa
BFA - Poetry & Printmaking | University of Vermont

Selected work