Under the Knife [Special Edition]

Under the Knife [Special Edition]


BY Krista Franklin


Released: December 1, 2018.

[Please note that this book is entirely constructed by hand — during times of high order volume, your book’s ship date may be delayed.]

In an edition of 25, the Special Edition of 'Under the Knife' by Krista Franklin includes the handmade artist book and an archival print of the artist's piece 'Transatlantic Turntable-ism'—both are encased in a foil stamped clamshell case.

Special Edition designed by H. M. Batsel and produced at Candor Arts.

ISBN: 978-0-9968161-8-2

First Edition of 500.

8.5" x 11" x 2-1/8", 280 pages.

French-link handbound bookblocks coptic-stitched to clothbound hardcover colophon. Paper wrap cover foil stamped on front and spine. Printed on 5 different papers with Indigo 12000, RISO RZ 390U, and Letterpress.

Design by Matt Austin, April Sheridan, Aay Preston-Myint, and Hannah Batsel.

Letterpress by April Sheridan.

Handbinding, RISO printing, Foil stamping and casework by Candor Arts.

Box Design by H. M. Batsel

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Part memoir, part treatise, part collage and experiment, Krista Franklin’s Under the Knife is an excavation; a dig at the sites of the construction and demolition of the poet/artist’s selves.

Franklin plays fast and loose with fact at the crossroads of the history of her maternal line and her own in a ruptured conversation about inheritance and the generational traumas that blossom in the body. Under the Knife hiccups, cross-fades and stops midsentence as Franklin cuts through the illusion of memory, the pathologies of history, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.


Krista Franklin is a writer and visual artist whose work has appeared in PoetryThe OffingBlack CameraCopper NickelCallalooBOMB MagazineEncyclopediaVol. F-K and L-Z, and the anthologies The End of Chiraq: A Literary MixtapeThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Gathering Ground. Her chapbook of poems, Study of Love & Black Body, was published by Willow Books in 2012.

Franklin is a frequent collaborator with fellow artists, most notably contributing her writing to performances, prints, audio recordings and film voiceovers for the projects of Cauleen Smith; the text of Ayanah Moor’s hand-painted signs for the performance “Untitled (OFFERINGS)”; and poetry for Erin Christovale and Amir George’s catalog Black Radical Imagination (Dominica). Her work is often linked with the cultural movements Afrofuturism and AfroSurrealism, and she was mentioned in Chicago magazine’s “The Next Generation of Chicago Afrofuturism.”

Her work has exhibited at Rootwork Gallery, Produce Model, The Obama Foundation Summit, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Columbia Museum of Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, and featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire. She is a Cave Canem fellow who holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and currently teaches Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.