Pages Bookshop Presents: Franny Choi, Nadine Marshall, & Tommye Blount
We are thrilled to have Franny Choi at Pages Bookshop who will be reading from her latest collection of poetry, "Soft Science." Franny will also be joined by local poets Nadine Marshall and Tommye Blount!
If you didn't catch her reading at her book launch last month, now's your chance to hear her and we promise you, you don't want to miss this opportunity! This event is free and open to the public. Franny's books will be for sale before and after this event.
About Soft Science:
Soft Science explores queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems grounds its exploration of questions not just of identity, but of consciousness--how to be tender and feeling and still survive a violent world filled with artificial intelligence and automation. We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, violence, erasure, agency, gender, and loneliness.
"Franny Choi's Soft Science offers an exceptional exploration both of all that comprises the intimate and of all that consumes the communal in our lives. Whether tracking the adventures of the 'cyborg' or eavesdropping on conversations between sisters, it's all the same world. These striking poems ring through with a singular voice, creating a society that helps us understand our own. When you open a book of poems, 'isn't that what you came to see?' Choi builds a world not only of striking beauty and lucid politics but also, most importantly, with love." --A. Van Jordan
FRANNY CHOI is a writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.
NADINE MARSHALL is a black, queer, gender non-conforming poet, workshop facilitator, and collaborator living and working in Detroit, MI. Their work explores being black, queer, genderless, and the various spaces in between. Nadine organizes the Allied Media Conference and facilitates youth poetry workshops with Detroit City Wide Poets- a program of InsideOut Literary Arts. Their words have reached the audiences of TEDxUofM, The National Poetry Slam, The Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam, the Shade Journal, and Freezeray Poetry Journal.
Born and raised in Detroit, TOMMYE BLOUNT now lives in Novi. Fantasia for the Man in Blue, his full-length debut collection, is to be released by Four Way Books in spring of 2020. Tommye is also the author of the chapbook What Are We Not For (Bull City Press, 2016). A graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, he has been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Kresge Arts in Detroit. Tommye’s poems can also be found in the following places: Poetry Magazine, Indiana Review, The Kenyon Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter, New England Review, Magma Poetry, Cherry Tree, and other publications.