Frank Brannon, a native of East Tennessee, lives in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a graduate of the MFA in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama and is proprietor of SpeakEasy Press. A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Frank has been an art instructor with Western Carolina University, Penland School of Crafts, Colorado College, the University of Alabama and is currently on staff at Northern Virginia Community College. His focus as a maker includes reinterpretations of the book form in consideration of the cultural and historical elements of specific location.
The limited edition, letterpress books that Frank produces are held in several special collections libraries in the United States and England, as well as with private collectors. His 2005 letterpress monograph focused upon research into the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper of northern Georgia, 1828-1834. As the 2016-2017 Vaughan Fellow with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, he continued this historical research, documenting his work supporting Cherokee language revitalization through art.