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Who is Jesmalestiel?

Talia Franks Jesmalestiel

Jesmalestiel is the username that Talia Franks hides behind while writing fanfiction. Talia (they/them) is a Black, nonbinary, neurodivergent, and queer, poet, writer, and translator born and raised in Massachusetts. Their goal is to spark passion in the hearts of their readers and foster human connection through the written word, making the world a better place through their writing. This is done through fanfiction, as well as through nonfiction essays and reflections published alongside their book reviews on Word-for-Sense and Other Stories.

Their writing on fandom also includes critical companion articles written for Black Girls Create, such as this article about body shaming in the ‘Harry Potter’ series and writing for Nerdist. They are an alum of the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference and of the Columbia Publishing Course, and earned a Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities from Brandeis University. They’ve written reviews of poetry and prose in translation for Three Percent, and their poetry has appeared in the Brandeis University publications Jaded and Ebony Axis and on Black Girls Create.

When not reading, writing, or translating Talia enjoys hiking, meditation, spending time with friends and family, indexing their personal library, and trying to find more time in their schedule to read. You can find Talia on Instagram and Twitter as @talia_franks and if you’d like to support Talia you can do so via Cash App, PayPal, Venmo, Ko-fi or Patreon.