Franny Choi and sam sax descend upon Columbus for a special reading with special guest Hanif Abdurraqib at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters. They'll read from their recent collections Franny's chapbook "Death by Sex Machine" and sam's full length "Madness"! Book signing to follow!
Free admission // $5 suggested donation for the stellar poets
Books, food, drinks available for sale :)
Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and teaching artist. She is the author of "Floating, Brilliant, Gone" (Write Bloody, 2014), the chapbook "Death by Sex Machine" (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017) and the forthcoming "Soft Science" (Alice James Books, 2019). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams and has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post and PBS NewsHour, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Poetry Review, the Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and the Senior News Editor at Hyphen Magazine.
"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.”-- francine j. harris, author of PLAY DEAD
sam sax is a queer jewish writer, performer, educator, and organizer. He's the author of "Madness" (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series Selected by Terrance Hayes and ‘Bury It’ (Wesleyan University Press, 2018). He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, Bread Loaf & the MacDowell Colony. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, author of four chapbooks & winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award, American Literary Award, and Gulf Coast Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, BuzzFeed, Poetry Magazine, Tin House + other journals. He’s the poetry editor at BOAAT Press.
“[A] startling debut . . . I read Madness in a kind of fever, transported into its dreamscape of disorders, diagnoses, addictions, and procedures, shook by its lyrics of desire . . . [sax’s] poems hit like sacred stimulants and wake the body from torpor.” – Diana Whitney, The San Francisco Chronicle
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing.
His next books are Go Ahead In The Rain, a biography of A Tribe Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No' Mo', due out in 2020 by Random House.