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About two years ago, Franki Elliot met a Craigslist stranger at Dunkin Donuts, gave her 60 bucks and left with a 1970s baby blue Smith Corona typewriter. Soon after, she began asking people to send her topics to write about because she was tired of writing about herself. Soon after, in search of new material, Elliot began carrying the typewriter to various festivals, beaches, flea markets and let strangers come up to her, request a topic, and leave with a story. (She has most recently typed at Pitchfork Music Fest, as well as at events for Puma, Airbnb and Flavorpill). As Elliot wrote, she also took pictures of her favorite stories and eventually turned them into a tear & share postcard book titled Kiss As Many Women As You Can. The stories are complimented with stunning artwork by Shawn Stucky, who is a red/green color blind artist located in Chicago. Stucky has done everything from carving eyeglasses out of wood, adorning fire hydrants throughout Chicago with his masterful art, designing tattoos, live screenprinting, mural painting and, of course, creating books. Elliot, who is Los Angeles based via hometown Chicago, is a music industry professional booking bands by day and writing books by night.

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"LA's freshest wordsmith." -- Daily Candy "The typewriter idea got my attention, but the writing kept me hooked. Franki's stories have soul and wit, but are also made of real flesh and blood." -- Drew Dernavich, cartoonist for The New Yorker "Franki Elliot's creative writing experiment is proving to be a unique blend of performance art, public art, literature, and text-based multimedia." -- L.A. Weekly "Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the poem that makes me wonder what he'd be like in another situation. Or a relationship that makes me want to know if it worked out. Or a memory I have while reading the poem. For me, Piano Rats by Franki Elliot had all of the above." -- Shamontiel L. Vaughn, Chicago Tribune "The book is a collection of deeply personal pieces, arranged as free verse poems, though Elliot calls them "stories." And they do read as stories, the kind told around a kitchen table--or even, in the case of "Nothing," a recounting of a story that happened while a story was being told around a kitchen table. Most of them detail a down-and-out cast with unbroken spirits, people who predict early deaths but live as if they don't believe it." -- Jonathan Messinger, books editor of Timeout Chicago "The 44 pieces in Franki Elliott's Piano Rats are like the best kind of chance meetings--weird and unsettling, specific and transformative. They are Frank O'Hara meets Ellen Kennedy, "first kiss" meets "fuck off," "hell" meets "rainstorm," poetry meets prose, narrative meets lyric, trailer park meets city street. But they are also entirely themselves, places where you "remember who you wanted to be."" -- Kathleen Rooney, author of Oneiromance (an epithalamion), managing editor of Rose Metal Press "Piano Rats is an homage to being stuck between where you've been and where you still might go. It's just that you haven't quite figured out how to escape where you've been and frankly you have know no idea what comes next. And it is this tension of stuckness in all its messy, druggy, sometimes hopeful, youthful confusion that lives here in these poems and explodes across these pages, all oozy and terribly electric." -- Ben Tanzer, author of Lost in Space "Franki Elliot exposes what most bury beneath layers of shallow conversations, bottles of alcohol, and innuendo. She will subtly make you love her and hate her in the matter of a few well placed lines." -- Jason Behrands, managing editor of Orange Alert Press "LA's freshest wordsmith." -- Daily Candy "The typewriter idea got my attention, but the writing kept me hooked. Franki's stories have soul and wit, but are also made of real flesh and blood." -- Drew Dernavich, cartoonist for The New Yorker "Franki Elliot's creative writing experiment is proving to be a unique blend of performance art, public art, literature, and text-based multimedia." -- L.A. Weekly "Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the poem that makes me wonder what he'd be like in another situation. Or a relationship that makes me want to know if it worked out. Or a memory I have while reading the poem. For me, Piano Rats by Franki Elliot had all of the above." -- Shamontiel L. Vaughn, Chicago Tribune "The book is a collection of deeply personal pieces, arranged as free verse poems, though Elliot calls them "stories." And they do read as stories, the kind told around a kitchen table--or even, in the case of "Nothing," a recounting of a story that happened while a story was being told around a kitchen table. Most of them detail a down-and-out cast with unbroken spirits, people who predict early deaths but live as if they don't believe it." -- Jonathan Messinger, books editor of Timeout Chicago "The 44 pieces in Franki Elliott's Piano Rats are like the best kind of chance meetings--weird and unsettling, specific and transformative. They are Frank O'Hara meets Ellen Kennedy, "first kiss" meets "fuck off," "hell" meets "rainstorm," poetry meets prose, narrative meets lyric, trailer park meets city street. But they are also entirely themselves, places where you "remember who you wanted to be."" -- Kathleen Rooney, author of Oneiromance (an epithalamion), managing editor of Rose Metal Press "Piano Rats is an homage to being stuck between where you've been and where you still might go. It's just that you haven't quite figured out how to escape where you've been and frankly you have know no idea what comes next. And it is this tension of stuckness in all its messy, druggy, sometimes hopeful, youthful confusion that lives here in these poems and explodes across these pages, all oozy and terribly electric." -- Ben Tanzer, author of Lost in Space "Franki Elliot exposes what most bury beneath layers of shallow conversations, bottles of alcohol, and innuendo. She will subtly make you love her and hate her in the matter of a few well placed lines." -- Jason Behrands, managing editor of Orange Alert Press "LA's freshest wordsmith." -- "Daily Candy" "The typewriter idea got my attention, but the writing kept me hooked. Franki's stories have soul and wit, but are also made of real flesh and blood." -- Drew Dernavich, cartoonist for "The New Yorker" "Franki Elliot's creative writing experiment is proving to be a unique blend of performance art, public art, literature, and text-based multimedia." -- "L.A. Weekly" "Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the poem that makes me wonder what he'd be like in another situation. Or a relationship that makes me want to know if it worked out. Or a memory I have while reading the poem. For me, "Piano Rats" by Franki Elliot had all of the above." -- Shamontiel L. Vaughn, "Chicago Tribune" "The book is a collection of deeply personal pieces, arranged as free verse poems, though Elliot calls them "stories." And they do read as stories, the kind told around a kitchen table--or even, in the case of "Nothing," a recounting of a story that happened while a story was being told around a kitchen table. Most of them detail a down-and-out cast with unbroken spirits, people who predict early deaths but live as if they don't believe it." -- Jonathan Messinger, books editor of "Timeout Chicago" "The 44 pieces in Franki Elliott's "Piano Rats" are like the best kind of chance meetings--weird and unsettling, specific and transformative. They are Frank O'Hara meets Ellen Kennedy, "first kiss" meets "fuck off," "hell" meets "rainstorm," poetry meets prose, narrative meets lyric, trailer park meets city street. But they are also entirely themselves, places where you "remember who you wanted to be."" -- Kathleen Rooney, author of "Oneiromance (an epithalamion)," managing editor of "Rose Metal Press" ""Piano Rats" is an homage to being stuck between where you've been and where you still might go. 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