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.