Franny Choi’s poetry explores the collisions of identities, the volatile nature of language, and the haunting relationship between an artist’s body & her body of work.
She is one of the few people to have been a finalist at the three most prestigious poetry slams in the country: the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She was also the top-ranking female poet at the 2011 Southern Fried Poetry Slam and the champion of 2010 Seoul Poetry Slam.
Franny’s literary work has appeared in Indiefeed, Fringe Magazine, Tandem, Issues, The Java Monkey Speaks Anthology, the College Hill Independent, Angry Asian Man, and others. Her work in Fringe was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Sundress Best of the Net Award in 2011. She was also a finalist in the 2012 Write Bloody Publishing Company Manuscript Contest.
In 2011, her play, Mask Dances, was produced at the historic Rites and Reason Theater as part of the Writing Is Live Festival. Telling the story of the young South Korean organizers who led the Kwangju Uprising in 1980, the play became the festival’s first undergraduate production.
Franny has lectured and performed at a wide variety of readings, schools, and conferences across the country, including TEDxBoston, the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, the Jubilee Arts Festival, and many others. As a community organizer devoted to combating racial profiling in Providence, Franny performs at many actions and events fighting for racial and economic justice. She currently co-coordinates the Providence Poetry Slam’s youth program.
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