Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Graywolf Press to publish poetry collection by actor James Franco.

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book news, Local publishers Updated: December 17, 2012 - 12:01 PM

 

James Franco.

James Franco.

 

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 of 2014. 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."

He has also appeared in the movies "Milk," "Pineapple Express," and "Howl," in which he portrayed poet Allen Ginsberg.

 

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