About

Samuel T. Franklin is the author of two books of poetry: Bright Soil, Dark Sun (2019) and The God of Happiness (2016).

A 2018 Best of the Net nominee, he resides in Bloomington, Indiana, where he enjoys making useful things out of wood scraps and losing staring contests to his cats.


Franklin writes with the delicate grace of a contemporary Orpheus.

A. Kinsman, author of & and editor of Riggwelter

These stunning poems…interrogate time and present moments of excavation, of tracing…

Matthew Woodman, editor of Rabid oak

With guts like Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits, Franklin is filled with a charge to juke, jive, and spill poetry…

Dave Malone, author of View from the North Ten