7:00pm, Give What You Can
Join us to celebrate Franny Choi’s chapbook Death By Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry, 2017).
We'll start the party at 7 PM with karaoke! The reading will start at 8.
This reading is part of the Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Reading Series organized by Soham Patel.
ABOUT DEATH BY SEX MACHINE
“To be clear, Franny Choi’s poetry has the extraordinary ability to solder with tender focus one moment, then rage like electrical fire in the next. In Death by Sex Machine, where fem-surrogate cyborgs of film and manga are impetus for understanding personal suppression of language, Choi gives us poems that are exquisitely uncomfortable with what is said and what is not said. As in the uncanny valley, where we are spooked by machines being a bit too human, but not perfect replica, this tightly controlled chapbook probes the uncomfortable terrain of the familiar but not quite safe. Still, below that troubling surface, the ghost in these machines has more to do with parallel language—absconded language, verbal attack, stutter. It’s as if only she understands their spoken code, and the rest of us need translation. These lyric, blunt, and beautifully sheroic poems serve as cyborg rosetta.”
- francine j. harris, author of play dead
ABOUT FRANNY CHOI
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,” and the chapbook Death By Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry, 2017). 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.