Charlene Francois is a born and bred writer. She was named as a Fellow at the Poets House (2019), and received support for her work at the Kettle Pond Residency (2019). She has honed her craft at Cave Canem workshops and was selected as a Cave Canem Fellow (2019). Her essay, “witnessing,” was selected as a Nonfiction Finalist in Columbia Journal’s Fall 2019 Contest, judged by Emily Bernard.
Charlene’s poetry explores erotic questions concerning familial and romantic intimacy, as well as our relationships to food, land, and our bodies. She works with the temporal fusion of familiar encounters with the elusive past, the present, and the promise of new beginnings. In a similar vein, she embodies in her writing our responses to the timeline and geography of the city.