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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.
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United States

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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.

Twitter:

@poetryfound

Language:

English

Contact:

312-787-7070


Episodes

Wo Chan vs. Drag

10/15/2019
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If hearing the brilliant Wo Chan talk with Danez and Franny about the mystical ritual of drag isn’t enough for you, maybe the spoiler alert that this episode is the first in VS history to need a crying break for all participants will get you to push that play button. Wo talks about the similarities of drag and poetry, the extreme loneliness of a childhood spent at Table 4a, and much more. Recorded at the Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple...

Duration:00:40:24

Cathy Park Hong vs. Triumph

10/1/2019
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Cathy Park Hong has some thoughts for you, and some thoughts on how best to share them. The poet and essayist talks about her newest essay collection Minor Feelings, waking people up from the American Dream, practicing poetry in the real world, and more. Recorded at the Smithsonian Asian American Poetry Festival in DC–please excuse the “on-location” audio! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:53:48

Yanyi vs. the Personal

9/10/2019
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Recorded at the Asian American Literature Festival in DC, Danez and Franny get a glimpse inside the pages and brain of wonderful poet and human Yanyi. They talk bringing their thoughts to the page, the magic of a prose poem, clarity and directness, and more! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:49:06

VS x Poetry Magazine Podcast Live in Portland with Eloisa Amezcua and Brenda Shaughnessy!

9/3/2019
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Listen in on a very special LIVE VS x Poetry Magazine Podcast crossover episode, live from Portland, Oregon! Danez and Franny are joined by Lindsay Garbutt, the cohost of the Poetry Magazine Podcast, and have a blast talking with poets Eloisa Amezcua and Brenda Shaughnessy. Subscribe to the Poetry Magazine podcast today for more poetic flames, glam, and goodness! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:47:25

Ilya Kaminsky vs. The Republic

8/20/2019
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Ilya Kaminsky can weave beautiful sentences out of thin air, then build a narrative tapestry from them that is unlike any story you’ve ever read. The author of Dancing in Odessa and new book Deaf Republic talks with Danez and Franny about how narrative can help when poetics are limited, poets from around the world we should be reading, writing between countries as a refugee, and more. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:56:36

Diana Khoi Nguyen vs. Silence

8/6/2019
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Diana Khoi Nguyen is tackling silence. The poet and multimedia artist talks with Danez and Franny about writing into the spaces left by her late brother, splicing family videos, teaching MBA students to codeswitch, and interviewing the Vietnamese diaspora across generations. Plus, a very existential This vs. That, and a FANTASTIC pun to end the show. Also–VERY IMPORTANTLY–follow her dog on IG at https://www.instagram.com/waitingforbeckett/. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and...

Duration:01:02:36

Morgan Parker vs. Now

7/23/2019
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Morgan Parker has some through-lines. The poet, editor, and YA novelist has been making and shaping literary work since third grade, when she launched her own publishing house (and hilarity ensued). She talks about follow-through, trying to do everything, being a millenial who isn’t very millenial, escaping to the ‘70s, and much more. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:02:47

VS Live in Mississippi w/ Helene Achanzar, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil

7/9/2019
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VS wraps up its visit to Oxford, Mississippi with a dynamite live show featuring the wonderful poets Helene Achanzar, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Recorded at Off Square Books in Downtown Oxford, the squad shares their poems as well as some selected operatic insights, penis-photo literature, and narwhal factoids! Get into it! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:45:28

Aimee Nezhukumatathil vs. the Garden

6/25/2019
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Get your hands in the dirt on this wonderful episode with Aimee Nezhukumatathil. The brilliant poet and Ole Miss professor gives a status update on her garden, her son’s sock budget, writing without a veil, and literary friendships. Plus, a tattoo callback to an earlier episode! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:49:03

Julian Randall vs. Forgiveness

6/11/2019
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On our next dispatch from our visit to Oxford, Missisippi, our fearless hosts get into it with poet Julian Randall. Julian talks about wrestling with forgiveness, searching for records of his family in the nearby town of Water Valley, and how a workshop prompt got him to come out to his parents. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:55:31

Derrick Harriell vs. the Clock

5/28/2019
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Franny and Danez kick it with Derrick Harriell, poet and Director of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi, where this episode was recorded. They talk remaking masculinity, flipping timelines through quantum theory, the anxiety of millennial writers, and much more. Plus, some good strip club recommendations from the good folks at VS. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:02:36

Joshua Nguyen vs. Hometown Heroism

5/14/2019
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The VS Podcast squad pops down south to Oxford, MS for a handful of episodes featuring students and professors in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi. First up is hero Joshua Nguyen, who talks about bringing his hometown of Houston to the page, stickiness in his poems, connecting with his dad over poetic form, and the most comprehensive sports analysis this here podcast has ever included. Franny was flummoxed. Enjoy! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a...

Duration:00:54:35

Daniel Borzutzky vs. the Desert

4/30/2019
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Daniel Borzutzky isn’t afraid of the fire–he’s determined to call it what it is. The poet, professor, and translator talks about the links between Chicago and Chile, the desert as a site of incarceration, how translating shapes his poetry, and facing the violence of our moment head-on.

Duration:00:50:46

Tasha vs. the Nest

4/16/2019
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If you don’t fall head over heels with Tasha by the time you finish this episode, run this pod back and give it another shot because she is to die for. The singer, guitarist, songwriter, poet, and organizer stops by to talk nest-building, badass moms, and more with our fearless, kvelling hosts. Plus TWO in-studio musical performances from Tasha! Make sure you get cozy with her album Alone At Last! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:57:39

Camonghne Felix vs. Romance

4/2/2019
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Camonghne Felix is our president, a damn good poet, and a wonderful human. She sits down with Franny and Danez to talk about romance, heartbreak, flowers and phalanges, and her BRAND NEW collection Build Yourself a Boat, which is in stores now! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:00:46

Pat Frazier vs. Solitude

3/19/2019
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Pat Frazier is the National Youth Poet Laureate of these here United States, and alone. Franny and Danez talk with Pat about the fertile soil of solitude, falling in love with horror movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and more. Plus, a poem about titties! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:52:04

Don Share vs. 150,000 Poems

3/5/2019
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Don Share is the editor of Poetry Magazine, a poet and translator, and a gem of a human. He chats with Danez and Franny about the mechanics and ethos of his job, Allen Ginsberg editing his first poem, what to do when reading a poem harms someone, and much more. Plus, he reads a poem by Spanish poet Miguel Hernández that is so damn beautiful! NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:01:04:01

Paul Tran vs. the Past

2/19/2019
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We back and we back and we back with Season 3! We start off a whole new season of the same ole shindig with the brilliant poet Paul Tran. They talk about learning history to ask the questions they had about their family, creating new a new poetic form, and the gawd Toni Morrison. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

Duration:00:50:00

VS Live with Fatimah Asghar, José Olivarez, and Paul Tran

1/29/2019
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Happy new year y’all! VS returns with a special bonus episode to tide you over until Season 3 drops in February. In the meantime, savor and enjoy this live episode with the squad Fatimah Asghar, José Olivarez, and Paul Tran, recorded as part of the Chicago Podcast Festival. Season 3, on the way!!!

Duration:00:59:43

Jamila Woods vs. The Remedy

12/13/2018
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Can we fanperson out for a goshdarn second? We have the one and only Jamila Woods in the building! She talks about her family’s penchant for healing, sampling loopholes, lactose tolerance, bad interviews, and more.

Duration:00:52:55