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Summary: 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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Podcasts:

 VS Live with Patricia Smith at Chicago Humanities Festival | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Season 3 of VS goes out with a bang! Franny and Danez take the stage as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival with the true gawd of this poetry world Patricia Smith. They talk about the most bone-chilling prompt ever, discuss form as a way to invite readers into the room, and finally settle the page vs. stage question once and for all.  VS will return in early 2020! In the meantime, jump into the archives and enjoy three seasons of amazing conversations. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!  

 Beyza Ozer vs. Taking Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Beyza Ozer brings love into the room and into their gorgeous poems on this episode, the penultimate episode of Season 3! The squad talks about taking time away from poems until they feel urgent and necessary again, writing love poems, Katya from Drag Race as muse and inspiration, and much more.  NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

 Xandria Phillips vs. Digging vs. Running | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Franny and Danez dig real damn deep with Xandria Phillips. They discuss their collection Hull, learning how to write and revise with beginners’ eyes, painting and color theory, and much more. This one is a deep dive in the best possible way. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

 VS Live at the Asian American Literature Festival with Cathy Linh Che, Joseph Legaspi, and Sarah Gambito | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Live from the Asian American Literature Festival, it’s VS! Danez and Franny talk with Cathy Linh Che, Joseph Legaspi, and Sarah Gambito about the remarkable work they’ve done building and maintaining Kundiman. Plus we hear some beautiful poems by all three guests, and some truly excellent shade is thrown.  NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

 Wo Chan vs. Drag | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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 Podcasts and write us a review!

 Cathy Park Hong vs. Triumph | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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! In this episode, we incorrectly gendered brilliant poet CA Conrad. We apologize for the mistake, and encourage you to check out their work here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/c-a-conrad. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

 Yanyi vs. the Personal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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!

 VS x Poetry Magazine Podcast Live in Portland with Eloisa Amezcua and Brenda Shaughnessy! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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!

 Ilya Kaminsky vs. The Republic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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!

 Diana Khoi Nguyen vs. Silence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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 write us a review!

 Morgan Parker vs. Now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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!

 VS Live in Mississippi w/ Helene Achanzar, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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!

 Aimee Nezhukumatathil vs. the Garden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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!

 Julian Randall vs. Forgiveness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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!

 Derrick Harriell vs. the Clock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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!

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