Frankie Rollins

Writer of myths, fairy tales, and other true stories.


Frankie Rollins has published a collection of short fiction, The Sin Eater & Other Stories(Queen’s Ferry Press, 2013). Of this book, Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Unsettling imagery and hauntingly beautiful language characterize these stories, as ephemeral and indefinable as dreams.” Also, she has published work in Feminist Wire, Fairy Tale Review, Sonora Review, Conjunctions, The New England Review, and Bellevue Literary Review, among others. In 2007, Rollins received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and in 2003, she won a Prose Fellowship from the New Jersey Arts Council. She teaches fiction and composition writing at Pima Community College.

Sometimes Frankie goes by the name Madame Frankie Karamazov.


The Sin Eater and Other Stories

Damage suffuses The Sin Eater and Other Stories. From within Elizabeth Frankie Rollins’ construct of the blighted home an adulterous husband calls on the services of a stranger to expunge his guilt, a young couple is diagnosed with the bubonic plague, and a bored woman finds herself growing a tail. Yet these others don’t dwell; instead, they frame themselves in a way that is sound in structure and sentiment and plunges them from metaphor into modern-day marvel. In the evocative stories of this debut collection, even the tightest crevices dazzle with restorative possibility.

Teaching and Community Work

Frankie Rollins teaches fiction writing and composition at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. In addition, she serves in various other roles in the writing community. She served as the emcee at the Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals in February 2017, as a Screening Fiction Judge-Master Workshop Entries for the Tucson Book Festival November 2015, as the Judge for the Laverne Harrell Clark Award for the University of Arizona Poetry Center May 2014 as a panel presenter with Kate Bernheimer & Aurelie Sheehan: “Fractured Fairytales” at the Tucson Book Festival, March 2015, and as the moderator of the panel “Writing the Body” at the Poetry Off the Page at University of Arizona Poetry Center, May 2012. In October 2011, Rollins appeared on a panel with Danielle Vogel presenting “Transgressing Narrative: Rituals at the Divinatory Seam –” at the 2011 & Now Festival of New Writing: Tomorrowland Forever! Also in 2011, at the Tucson Festival of Books, Frankie participated on a panel entitled “The Writing Life: Making Time When You Have None” with poets/teachers Laynie Browne and Eric Magrane.

Madame Karamazov’s teaching began in 2000, conducting writing courses at community colleges in NJ and PA.  She offered a series of writing workshops for adults in Collingswood, NJ, which ran for eight years.  As a teaching artist, she taught creative writing workshops for NJ Writer’s Project in schools around the state, and co-taught with visual artists in the Visual Poetry program run by Rutgers-Camden.


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