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Poetry at Literati: Sam Sax & Franny Choi

Literati is thrilled to welcome poets Sam Sax and Franny Choi who will be reading from their latest collections Madness and Death By Sex Machine. This event is part of our ongoing Poetry at Literati series. This edition is co-sponsored by our friends The Neutral Zone. 

About Madness:
"An "astounding" (Terrance Hayes) debut collection of poems - Winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series Competition In this ---powerful debut collection, sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health. These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet's personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Ultimately, Madnessattempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artifacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. sax's innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it"

About Death By Sex Machine:
“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

“These poems—sparking with the deep, connective work of persona and genre—helped me to look at the world once more, and to glimpse a world worth dreaming of… When the future might feel simply cold, Franny Choi gifts us complex fire.” — Lo Kwa Mei-En

Sam Sax is a queer Jewish writer and educator. He's received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, The MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Michener Center for Writers. He's the winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award and his poems have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewGulf CoastPloughsharesPoetry, and other journals.

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 

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Madness (National Poetry) Cover Image
By Sam Sax
ISBN: 9780143131700
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

Death by Sex Machine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943977383
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - September 7th, 2017

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