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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.

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    • 4.9 • 331 Ratings

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.

    Shira Erlichman vs. The Unknown

    Shira Erlichman vs. The Unknown

    Come dance in the unknown with Shira Erlichman! Franny and Danez talk with the brilliant poet and musician about how she’s always thrived in the mystery, what she has learned about transformation from both her mental health journey and meditation practice, first draft explosions, her study of death and dying over the course of the pandemic, and much more!

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Carmen Giménez Smith vs. Amplification

    Carmen Giménez Smith vs. Amplification

    Carmen Giménez Smith is ready to get down to the word. The poet and editor takes a deep dive with Franny and Danez into how she approaches editing, how she pushes writers to build off of the most effective parts of their poems, how she takes in feedback from her peers, and much more. 

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Tommy Pico vs Instinct

    Tommy Pico vs Instinct

    Tommy Pico might not like games, but he came to play. The poet, screenwriter, and podcaster talks about adjusting to life off of the road, stepping into a role in a TV writers room, beginning to write as a social media practice, instinct vs. taste, the texture of balls on one’s taint, and so much more. Plus, a fastpunch round for the ages!

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Taylor Johnson vs. Listening

    Taylor Johnson vs. Listening

    Taylor Johnson is listening, and they’re inviting you to listen too. The poet, whose first collection Inheritance was released into the world last year on Alice James Books, talks with our fearless hosts about how they’re listening for the sounds, colors, words, and structures they’re encountering, what they learn when they listen, and much much more. 

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Suzi F. Garcia vs. Oz

    Suzi F. Garcia vs. Oz

    We’re off over the rainbow with the wonderful wizard of this pod, Suzi F. Garcia! The poet and editor takes Franny and Danez on a deep dive into the nuances and oddities of The Wizard of Oz, and it’s a wild wild world. Come down the yellow brick road with the squad!

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    • 56 min
    Monica Sok vs. Survival

    Monica Sok vs. Survival

    Monica Sok is on the pod! Franny and Danez talk with the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On, which came out in 2020 on Copper Canyon, about working through a traumatic collective history and coming out the other side, the delight of learning Khmer in pandemic times, finding a home for her mind, and much much more. This one is a gem, friends!

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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
331 Ratings

331 Ratings

igotpodclass ,

Favorite podcast

This podcast has connected me more deeply to poetry, myself, my city (Chicago), my friends, and the world around me. I didn’t read too much poetry before, but now - in large part due to this podcast - it has become an essential part of my reading and self expression. Thank you to Franny, whose poetry I have discovered since listening, and Danez, whose poetry led me here.

Rachel E R ,

love this!

danez and franny are two of my favorite poets so to hear them be goofy and also vastly intelligent with each other is a blessing. this show has helped me as a poet with encouragement, inspiration, and idk just all around good vibes. 10/10

Zamtack ,

Sheer amazingness

This is the first time I’ve cared enough about anything to write a review. Franny Choi and Danez Smith are amazing. All the conversations are so engaging. I feel like I’m part of a poetry community, which is something I’ve never really had going through life. This podcast means a lot me. It is a significant part of my daily life and such a great way to get motivated to think and write. It’s also great for finding more authors to read. Big fan of both hosts as people and poets. So inspiring. Also the production on this is fantastic. Appreciate ya, Daniel Kisslinger. I recommend this podcast to anyone who likes poetry and wants to be challenged while still being caught up in joy.

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