Krista Franklin and Alison Chesley:
Poet Krista Franklin and cellist Alison Chesley are currently collaborating on a series of poems / compositions exploring the life, work, mythology and influence of Jimi Hendrix. Their debut full-length, Aural Anarchy, featuring work from the series, will be released on naïveté records this fall. Krista and Alison have been performing together for over three years, appearing at various venues in and around Chicago, including the Chopin Theater, Lee's UnLeaded Blues Club, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Columbia College.
Krista Franklin is a poet, visual artist and educator who hails from Dayton, OH, and currently resides in Chicago, IL. Her poetry and visual art have been published in such literary journals as Nexus Literary and Art Journal, milk, Warpland, Semantikon, Obsidian III and nocturnes 2: (re)view of the literary arts. She has also been published in the anthologies The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order and Bum Rush The Page. Krista is a Cave Canem fellow, and was a featured poet in the 2000 New Voices New Worlds Series in St. Louis, MO. She has also been a featured poet in Chicago at The Hothouse, The Guild Complex, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the ETA Performing Arts Center, among others.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alison Chesley moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University where she received a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance in 1994. That same year, she formed the acoustic rock duo Jason and Alison with singer-songwriter Jason Narducy. The two later formed the band Verbow and went on to release two albums for Epic Records—“Chronicles,” produced by Bob Mould and “White Out” produced by Brad Wood. Opening for such bands as Live, Counting Crows, Liz Phair and Brad with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Verbow toured nationally for seven years. They received enthusiastic praise from numerous critics, including Timothy White of Billboard Magazine, who, in his 1997 interview with Jason and Alison, claimed that their debut album “of overcast vocals and gutsy string-based acoustic gales always seems to end too soon.” As a solo artist Alison appears on recordings with Disturbed, Bob Mould, Archer Prewitt, and the Sea and Cake, among others. Along with collaborating with poet Krista Franklin, she is currently recording her debut solo album, as well as performing throughout Chicago as a solo artist and with the rock group Poi Dog Pondering.