American essayist. Franklin grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, and after a two-year stint as a Mormon missionary in Japan he earned a B.A. in English at Brigham Young University, an M.A. in creative nonfiction at Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from Texas Tech University. A specialist in creative nonfiction, Franklin professes an interest in "memory, identity, and self-representation." His essays have appeared in
American Literary Review, Gettysburg Review, and the Writer's Chronicle; many of these are collected in his first book, My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married (2015). Franklin teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. See also joey-franklin.blogspot.com.