Franklin Cruz

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Franklin Cruz

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Franklin Cruz is a Latino queer poet living in Denver currently in a biology program at Metropolitan State University. The shy kid who learned the power of his own voice Franklin has performed throughout the country from the Southwest region, coast to coast. An alumni of Minor Disturbance a youth poetry slam team that has won Brave New Voices an international youth competition, Slam Nuba and Mercury Café both adult slam teams and Café Cultura a grassroots indigenous spoken word artist collective. He has also taught and performed at Universities across Colorado including CU Boulder, UNC, CSU, Denver University, Colorado School of Mines, CU Denver and more. Franklin's poetry reflects on being a first generation child of immigrant parents, being a brown queer child in a heteronormative patrioarchy and recalling the traditional indigenous faith of curanderismo. Franklin's aims to work in social profit sector and is leading to a cross disciplinary STEAM career using poetry as advocacy for social change, scientific education/awareness and personal mental health practices.