Joel Christensen is one of my favorite people on this planet, and I am incredibly lucky and privileged to know him and learn from him. His words here about Harry Potter and the relationship between author, text, and reader resonate deeply within me, and I appreciate the personal perspective he lends to the discussion of the topic at hand. As far as my personal opinion regarding JK Rowling is concerned, the books and the fandom around them and all of the great things that fans have created can stand on their own, and don’t need to be defined by JKR and her opinions. She may have created the original text, but most of its meaning exists in what the world has done with it since then.
Word-for-Sense and Other Stories and they have contributed articles to both Black Girls Create and Nerdist. They are a contributor to These Bewitching Bonds: A Black Girls Create Anthology, and their poetry has appeared in the Brandeis University publications Jaded and Ebony Axis. Talia is also the host of the podcast Into the Archives. They are an alum of the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference and of the Columbia Publishing Course, and earned a Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities from Brandeis University. When not reading, writing, or translating Talia enjoys hiking, meditation, spending time with friends and family, indexing their personal library, and trying to find more time in their schedule to read. You can find Talia on Instagram and Twitter as @talia_franks and you can support Talia on Ko-fi or Patreon.