Franny Choi

About the Author

part machine / part starfish / part cirtrus / part girl

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Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), which the Providence Phoenix called “a thin, muscular book crackling with energy.” She has received awards from the Poetry Foundation and the Kentucky Women Writers’ Conference for her poems, which have been published in Poetry Magazine, The Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Margins, New England Review, and others. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, PBS NewsHour, Feministing, and Angry Asian Man.

Franny was a 2016 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellow and former Co-Director of the Providence Poetry Slam, one of the most highly-regarded spoken word poetry communities in the nation.  She has been a finalist in performance poetry competitions including the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the Women of the World Poetry Slam.  Her all-APIA team, Michael Derrick Hudson, won the 2016 Rustbelt Poetry Slam.  She has performed her work in schools, conferences, bars, theaters, and festivals across the country.  As a Project VOICE teaching artist, she has taught students of all ages and levels of experience, from first graders in New York City to high school English teachers in Western Pennsylvania.  A Kundiman Fellow and graduate of the VONA Workshop, she is also a founding member of the multidisciplinary artists of color collective Dark Noise.  She is currently an MFA Candidate in the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and her chapbook, Death by Sex Machine, is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press.

ARTICLES & REVIEWS

“Poet Franny Choi Pictures a World Without Police,” PBS NewsHour, November 2015.

“Vital Signs: On ‘Open Letter from Jessica Alba to My Father,’ by Franny Choi,” Muzzle Magazine blog, October 2015.

“[REVIEW] Floating, Brilliant, Gone by Franny Choi,” PANK Magazine blog, May 2015.

“Franny Choi Enthralls with Spoken Word Poetry,” The Spectator, May 2015.

“Bust Magazine Rocks The Loft with Night of Leading Feminist Writers,” Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 2015.

“Review: Floating, Brilliant, Gone, by Franny Choi,” Muzzle Magazine, November 2014.

“The Words to Lil’ Wayne’s ‘P**** Monster,’ Rearranged by Frequency,” the Huffington Post, October 2014.

Poetry Magazine Podcast, March 2014 (audio)

30 Under 30Muzzle Magazine

“The Word Behind Spoken Word,” Student Life (Washington University in St. Louis)

 

INTERVIEWS & BLOG POSTS

“Poet Activist Spotlight: Franny Choi,” Ploughshares blog, September 2016.

“Franny Choi” (interview), Speaking of Marvels, May 2016.

Interview, Juncker in the Bunker, May 2016 (audio).

“Franny Choi on Body Language,” 3 Good Books, February 2016.

“Franny Choi” (interview), Divedapper, November 2015.

“Poetry off the Shelf: Social Media, Race, and Disney Princesses,” the Poetry Foundation, October 2015 (audio)

“Interview with Franny Choi,” Spit Journal, November 2014.

“Interview: Franny Choi,” the California Journal of Women Writers, October 2014

“The Lightning Room with Franny Choi,” Interview with PANK Magazine, July 2014

“Meet Franny Choi, Your New Favorite Poet,” the Providence Phoenix, April 2014

“Franny Choi: Speaking With Two Mouths”, Interview with Voice of America, March 2014

“시를 공연 형식으로 보여주는 무대, 스포큰워드를 아시나요?” (“Poetry in Performance: Have You Heard of Spoken Word?”), Topclass Magazine, March 2014 (Korean only)

Interview: Franny Choi, Pages to Pixels