Franny Choi

About the Author

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Franny Choi is a queer, Korean-American poet, playwright, teacher, organizer, pottymouth, GryffinClaw, and general overachiever.  She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), and a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has received awards from the Poetry Foundation and the Helen Zell Writers Program, as well as fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, PBS NewsHour, and Angry Asian Man.

A former Co-Director of the award-winning Providence Poetry Slam, Franny has been a finalist in competitions including the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She has performed her work in schools, conferences, theaters, and bars across the country, and her all-APIA team, Michael Derrick Hudson, won the Rustbelt Poetry Slam in 2016. She has taught students of all ages and levels of experience, including at the University of Michigan and through organizations like Project VOICE and insideOUT Literary Arts Project. A Kundiman Fellow and graduate of the VONA Workshop, she founded the Brew & Forge Book Fair, which brings together poetry readers and writers to help build capacity in social justice community organizations.

Aside from writing and teaching, Franny is a Senior News Editor for Hyphen Magazine and hosts the Poetry Foundation podcast VS along with fellow Dark Noise member Danez Smith. She is currently an MFA Candidate in the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and her second collection of poems, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2019.




“Take a Turn for the Worse: How We Write About Ghosts and Goneness,” Ploughshares blog, June 2017.

Interview with the Michigan Quarterly Review, May 2017.

Poet Activist SpotlightPloughshares blog, September 2016.

Interview w/ Divedapper, November 2015.

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

Review of Floating, Brilliant, Gone, PANK Magazine blog, May 2015.

Review of Floating, Brilliant, Gone. Muzzle Magazine, November 2014.

Interview w/ Pank Magazine, July 2014

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

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