Jordan Franklin


Brooklyn, NY

Author's Bio

Jordan E. Franklin is a Black poet and educator from Brooklyn, NY. An alumna of Brooklyn College, she earned her MFA from Stony Brook Southampton where she served as a Turner Fellow. Her work has appeared in the Southampton Review, Breadcrumbs, easy paradise, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Frontier, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2017 James Hearst Poetry Prize offered by the North American Review, and a finalist of the 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Prize.

Her first poetry collection, when the signals come home, was selected by Prageeta Sharma as the winner of the 2020 Gatewood Prize and was published by Switchback Books in March 2021. Her first poetry chapbook, boys in the electric age, is forthcoming from Tolsun Books in August 2021.

Publications & Prizes

boys in the electric age (Tolsun Books, 2021)
when the signals come home (Switchback Books, 2021)
Prizes won: 

2020 Gatewood Prize, First Prize, Switchback Books

2020 Pushcart Prize Nominee, Guesthouse

2020 February Poem of the Month Winner, Brooklyn Poets

2019 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, Finalist
2019 Gatewood Prize, Finalist, Switchback Books
2019 Write Bloody Poetry Contest, Finalist, Write Bloody Publishing

2019 Furious Flower Poetry Prize, Finalist, Obsidian
2018 Nightjar Review Poetry Contest, Finalist, Nightjar Review
2018 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Prize, semifinalist

2017 James Hearst Poetry Prize, First Place, North American Review
W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship, Stony Brook University
CUNY Undergraduate Poetry Award – First Prize, Dramatic Monologue

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African American
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Brooklyn, NY
New York
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Brooklyn, NY
New York
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Last update: Jun 05, 2021