Poetry Open Mic & Franny Choi
Let your voice be heard at our Festival open mic night! If you have longed to share your poetry in a safe and encouraging environment, this is your chance. If you’d like to hear a wide variety of poets bravely sharing their work, be sure to tune in. Following the open mic, participants will be treated to a poetry reading by Festival headliner, Franny Choi.
This program is part of the 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival. See the rest of the schedule: bit.ly/TellItSlant2020
2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/219894262743908
Reading space is FULL, but there are still plenty of audience seats!
About Franny Choi:
Franny Choi is a queer, Korean-American poet, playwright, teacher, organizer, pottymouth, GryffinClaw, & general overachiever. She is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) & Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has received awards from the Poetry Foundation & the Helen Zell Writers Program, as well as fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center & 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 HuffPost, Ms. Magazine, PBS NewsHour, and Angry Asian Man.
A Kundiman Fellow & graduate of the VONA Workshop, in 2016 she founded the Brew & Forge Book Fair, a fundraising project that brings together poetry readers & writers to build capacity in social justice community organizations.
Franny is the author of two plays: Mask Dances, which was produced as part of the 2011 Writing is Live Festival in Providence, RI, and Family Style, which was given several staged readings in Chicago in 2017. Aside from writing and teaching, Franny is a Senior News Editor for Hyphen Magazine & hosts the Poetry Foundation podcast VS along with fellow poet Danez Smith.
A member of the Dark Noise Collective, Franny is a 2019 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow & the Gaius Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College.