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The VS podcast is a bi-weekly series where poets confront the ideas that move them. Hosted by poets Danez Smith and Franny Choi, produced by Daniel Kisslinger, and presented by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness.

The VS podcast is a bi-weekly series where poets confront the ideas that move them. Hosted by poets Danez Smith and Franny Choi, produced by Daniel Kisslinger, and presented by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness.

Location:

United States

Description:

The VS podcast is a bi-weekly series where poets confront the ideas that move them. Hosted by poets Danez Smith and Franny Choi, produced by Daniel Kisslinger, and presented by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness.

Twitter:

@poetryfound

Language:

English

Contact:

312-787-7070


Episodes

Ada Limón vs. Epiphany

2/16/2021
The VS fam returns to kick off Season 5! After an announcement about the future of the show, we get into a great conversation with the wonderful poet Ada Limón. We talk birds, epiphanies, loneliness, and much more. Plus, a new game and a goofy-ass outro. Enjoy! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:06:19

Naomi Shihab Nye vs. Hope

12/23/2020
VS Season 4 wraps up with a whisper, a bang, a smile, and a hug from Naomi Shihab Nye! The legendary poet brings a fistful of sunshine to her conversation with Franny and Danez about learning from her four year-old grandson, holding onto hope and wonder, the magic and utility of child brain, creating welcoming poems, and so much more. NOTE: VS is going to be taking its customary break between seasons, but will be returning for a fifth season next year. Stay tuned for updates! NOTE: Make...

Duration:01:10:43

Aracelis Girmay vs. Dirt

12/15/2020
Franny and Danez get their hands dirty with the inimitable Aracelis Girmay! The prolific and wonderful poet talks about the childhood joy of dirt, parenting in a pandemic, how she centers truth in her poetry, and much more. Plus, we start off with a potential new name for the show…? NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:03:59

Marilyn Chin vs. Fierceness

12/8/2020
On this episode, we get to talk on this episode with the legend, superstar, and self-proclaimed “baby yoda” Marilyn Chin. We talk about her long journey toward building Asian-American poetics, being the Nicki Minaj for so many young writers (in that all of these bitches are her sons), how she’s balancing quarantine with Youtube rabbit holes, and so much more. Plus, the play-by-play of a legendary physical brawl, in which she scraped with a beloved American poet. NOTE: Make sure you rate us...

Duration:01:02:42

Ladan Osman vs. Changing Your Life

11/25/2020
Ladan Osman steps into the stu with a knowledge of her journey and a commitment to share. The poet and filmmaker talks about how she has traversed the complex and scarring world of the poetry industry, the ways that she pushed herself toward making different media, what she hopes for the poets emerging in her wake, and much more. Plus, some quality shoutouts to the bees and important postcolonial board game critiques. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:20:20

Ladan Osman vs. the Journey

11/24/2020
Ladan Osman steps into the stu with a knowledge of her journey and a commitment to share. The poet and filmmaker talks about how she has traversed the complex and scarring world of the poetry industry, the ways that she pushed herself toward making different media, what she hopes for the poets emerging in her wake, and much more. Plus, some quality shoutouts to the bees and important postcolonial board game critiques. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:20:20

Nandi Comer vs. La Lucha

11/10/2020
Nandi Comer climbs in the ring with Franny and Danez for this wonderful, warm episode of VS. The Detroiter, whose new book Tapping Out is available now from Northwestern University Press, talks about her love of lucha libre mexican wrestling, writing into a tradition that isn’t her own, the ways that academia can rob poets of their humanity, and DETROIT! Pick up Nandi’s book Tapping Out here: https://nupress.northwestern.edu/content/tapping-out NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts...

Duration:01:15:02

Randall Horton vs. the i

10/27/2020
Danez and Franny have the honor and pleasure of chopping it up with the brilliant Randall Horton on this episode of the show. Randall, whose newest collection {#289-128}: Poems just dropped this month, talks about coming to know his story so that he could eventually write about it, resisting being boxed in as a poet who was incarcerated, and what he’s learned from his collaborations with jazz musicians. Get into it! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review

Duration:00:48:42

Carl Phillips vs. the Erotic

10/13/2020
Carl Phillips swings by the zoodio (zoom studio) for a ticklish and insightful convo on this episode. The poet and professor talks about the power of interiority, how his relationship to the erotic has changed as he’s grown older, and much more. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:10:13

Ross Gay vs. Entanglement

9/29/2020
Ross Gay joins VS with his boisterous laugh and brilliance on hand. The poet and professor breaks down the ways we’re all entangled, the elegant lessons mycelium can teach us for a post-capitalist world, getting undergrads to write sock puppet operas, and much more! Buy Ross’ new book Be Holding: https://upittpress.org/books/9780822966234/ NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:07:09

Airea D. Matthews vs. What Haunts

9/16/2020
Airea D. Matthews knows her ghosts. The poet and professor talks with Franny and Danez about the spectres and phantasms that live in her work, the ways she wants her poems to exist beyond paper and ink, the journey back to her original name. Plus, a dollop of Greek myth on top! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:04:54

Airea D. Matthews vs. What Haunts

9/15/2020
Airea D. Matthews knows her ghosts. The poet and professor talks with Franny and Danez about the spectres and phantasms that live in her work, the ways she wants her poems to exist beyond paper and ink, the journey back to her original name. Plus, a dollop of Greek myth on top! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:04:54

Aurielle Marie vs. Audacity

9/1/2020
Aurielle Marie hops on the line, and the line will never be the same. The poet and organizer talks about the ways that her poetics and movement work are interwoven, her decision to walk away from a book deal, and much more! See more of Aurielle’s work: https://auriellemarie.com/ NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review

Duration:01:11:59

Aurielle Marie vs. Audacity

9/1/2020
Aurielle Marie hops on the line, and the line will never be the same. The poet and organizer talks about the ways that her poetics and movement work are interwoven, her decision to walk away from a book deal, and much more! See more of Aurielle’s work: https://auriellemarie.com/ NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review

Duration:01:11:59

John Murillo vs. The Business

8/18/2020
Danez and Franny hop on the ole zoom zoom with legendary poet and beard icon John Murillo. John talks about his new book Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, learning how to focus on the work instead of po-biz, remembering who he writes for, and much more. Plus, a hilarious story involving a staged adulterous act. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:04:46

John Murillo vs. The Business

8/18/2020
Danez and Franny hop on the ole zoom zoom with legendary poet and beard icon John Murillo. John talks about his new book Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, learning how to focus on the work instead of po-biz, remembering who he writes for, and much more. Plus, a hilarious story involving a staged adulterous act. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:04:46

Michael Lee vs. Grief

8/4/2020
After Franny’s episode talking with Cam Awkward-Rich, Danez goes one-on-one with their buddy Michael Lee, a Norwegian-American writer, youth worker, and organizer in Minneapolis. The dynamic duo talks about grief’s place in poems, Michael’s traumatic brain injury, obliterating whiteness, and some fond memories together. Pick up Michael’s book The Only Worlds We Know NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:50:33

Cameron Awkward-Rich vs. Ambivalence

7/21/2020
On this very special one-on-one episode of VS, we get a peek inside the blanket fort that Franny has built and get to listen to her chat with poet and professor Cameron Awkward-Rich (who also happens to be her boo). They talk about the pros and cons of isolation, the forces and spaces that created Cam’s newest book Dispatch, and, most importantly, their illustrious cat Bean. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:53:38

Paige Lewis vs. Tiny Things

6/2/2020
Recorded back before COVID-19 sent the VS team home to different corners of the country, Franny and Danez sat down with poet Paige Lewis for a good ole fashioned in-person chat. Paige breaks down Beta Fish, the nonbinary epic they’re writing, the power of focusing on the micro, and more. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:11:02