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About Talia

Talia Franks

Talia Franks grew up wanting to be a professional polymath and at some point realized that was basically code for nerd.

Talia likes their feminism intersectional and their entertainment diverse, and they created Word-for-Sense to share their thoughts about fandom, philosophy, paganism, writing & social justice.


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. Talia writes regularly on Word-for-Sense and Other Stories and they have contributed articles to both Black Nerds Create and Nerdist. They’ve also written reviews of poetry and prose in translation for Three Percent, and their poetry has appeared in the Brandeis University publications Jaded and Ebony Axis. Currently, Talia is working as the communications manager for History Cambridge and conducting freelance contract work. 

When not reading, writing, podcasting, 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.

10 Fun Facts about Talia

  1. Talia owns over 100 physical books, 300 ebooks, and 60 audiobooks. They also have over 250 epubs of various fanfiction downloaded to their computer and e-reader
  2. Talia has only read about 70% of their library because they want to make sure they never run out of new books to read on rainy days
  3. Talia has 3 podcasts and a Patreon (support them at!)
  4. Talia is a vegetarian
  5. Talia listens to podcasts at 3x speed
  6. Talia is unsure if they have a circadian rhythm because as long as they aren’t working they are as likely to be asleep or awake at all hours of the day and night, whether it be 6am or 6pm
  7. Talia has a Goodreads author account
  8. Talia has a Master’s degree and credits their daily lattes containing 4 shots of espresso with much of their success
  9. Talia has an extensive mug collection including mugs such as “running on coffee and glitter,” “ask me about my pronouns,” “homebody,” “let the adventure begin,” and “celebrate the small victories.”
  10. Talia took three different language classes in high school (Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin) and two in college (Spanish and Ancient Greek) where they also spent a semester studying the linguistic typology of Welsh. They also audited an online Latin course at the Harvard Extension School.
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