Franklin is also a visual artist, focusing primarily on collage. Addressing the connection between her poetry and her visual art in an interview with the Experimental Arts Examiner, Franklin stated, “Typically my poems and collages start with an image in my head or a line from something that evokes a picture in my head, and I work from there. Over the past year I have been trying to think up ways to connect the poetry to the collages, and I've been engaged in the work of bringing the two together a little more. I used to think of them as two separate roads, but now I'm more interested in the places where those roads converge.”
In addition to being shown widely in galleries, Franklin’s collages have been featured on the covers of several poetry collections, including John Murillo’s Up Jumps the Boogie (2010) and Lita Hooper’s Thunder in Her Voice (2010). A Cave Canem Fellow, Franklin was a cofounder of the 2nd Sun Salon and of Tres Colony. She has taught for Young Chicago Authors, the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, and ETA Creative Arts. Franklin lives in Chicago.