Join us for a reading and conversation with with visiting poet Franny Choi, author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone and Death by Sex Machine, and Ruby poets (Mia Malhotra, Isako Isako, and Jennifer S. Cheng, Moon) about femininity, agency, and technology! The Ruby is a work and gathering space for creative women of all definitions. In Franny Choi's highly anticipated collection, Soft Science, from Alice James books, she uses the myth of the cyborg to explore queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems guides readers as Choi asks questions not just of identity, but of consciousness -- of how to speak and love, in a world filled with strange (and sometimes violent) distances. We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, gender, violence, erasure, agency, and loneliness. And we're asked to examine the biggest question: “What does it mean to be human?”
About Franny Choi
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.