Franny Choi is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She is a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and has also received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, Paris Review, and American Poetry Review, as well as places like The Abolitionist, Ms. Magazine, and PBS NewsHour.
Soft Science was a Rumpus and Paris Review staff pick and received attention from outlets including NPR, the New York Times, and Lit Hub. Poet Monica Youn called it “raw and radiant,” while Diane Seuss wrote: “In its conceptual heft, formal virtuosity, queer imagination, multi-dexterous approach to language, and tonal intricacy, Soft Science is a crucial book for our time—perhaps the book for our time.”
Franny received an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where she served as a Zell Postgraduate Fellow. She has taught students of all ages and levels of experience, both in formal classroom settings 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, a fundraising project that brings together readers and writers to build capacity in social justice community organizations. As a curator, she has worked with organizations including Split This Rock and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and she is particularly passionate about highlighting the voices of queer/trans poets of Asian and Pacific Island diasporas.
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 is a two-time winner of the Rustbelt Poetry Slam and has performed her work in schools, conferences, theaters, and bars across the country.
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 and won a Hopwood Award for Drama at the University of Michigan.
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 Collective member Danez Smith. She is a current Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College and lives in Northampton, MA with her partner, his cat, and at least one carnivorous plant.