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Graywolf to Publish James Franco's First Collection of Poems

By Harriet Staff

From Star Tribune:

Actor James Franco is also, you might know, director James Franco, and musician James Franco, and model James Franco, and MFA-holder--make that double-MFA-holder---James Franco, and, yes, poet James Franco.

Franco, who earned an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College, has long been interested in writing. His work has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, and elsewhere, and he is the author of "Palo Alto," a collection of stories, and "Strongest of the Litter," a poetry chapbook.

Graywolf Press of Minneapolis will publish Franco's debut poetry collection, "Directing Herbert White," in April. Graywolf poetry editor Jeffrey Shotts said in a press release that Franco's poems are, in part, "a series of portraits of American successes and failures from within Hollywood. ... But they are also smart and highly aware notes of caution of what can happen when the filmed self becomes fixed and duplicated, while the ongoing self must continue living and watching."

Originally Published: December 18th, 2012