Kiss As Many Women As You Can
by Franki Elliot
illustrated by Shawn Stucky
As far as books go, this one is unique—it's a collection of perforated postcards featuring Shawn Stucky's artwork and Franki's typewriter poems, which won critical attention from LA Weekly and Flavorpill when we published Piano Rats in 2011. The postcards are intended to be torn out and shared, encompassing Franki's and Shawn's artistic ideals about the free exchange of words and beauty.
PRAISE FOR KISS AS MANY WOMEN AS YOU CAN:
"LA's freshest wordsmith"
"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."
"[Kiss As Many Women As You Can features] beautiful and thought-provoking typewriter poems that are like stories, presented alongside artwork by Shawn Stucky, with full-color detachable postcards."
—Tamara J. Collins, Sheafe Street Books
ABOUT FRANKI ELLIOT:
A few 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. 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. As Elliot wrote, she also took pictures of her favorite stories and eventually turned them into a tear-and-share postcard book titled Kiss As Many Women As You Can. Elliot, who is Los Angeles-based via her hometown of Chicago, is a music industry professional booking bands by day and writing books by night.
ABOUT SHAWN STUCKY:
Shawn Stucky was born red/green colorblind in McPherson, Kansas, in 1979 and currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BFA in Visual Communications from the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, in 2003. He has shown his work across the United States and throughout Europe. He is a multidisciplinary artist creating murals, paintings, print making, tattoo design, film props, and hand-made wooden eyewear with his friend Scott Urban. Commission highlights include Redmoon Theater, Patrón Tequila, and Lollapalooza. Visit Shawn at shawnstucky.com.
Publication Date: November 2013