Franklin Cruz

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Franklin Cruz

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Franklin Cruz is a Latino queer poet living in Denver and is 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. He's an alumni of Minor Disturbance, a youth poetry slam team that won the Brave New Voices 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, DU, 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 patriarchy, and recalling the traditional indigenous faith of curanderismo.