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About Us

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.

Latest Episodes

Wo Chan vs. Drag

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!

-1 s5 d ago
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Wo Chan vs. Drag

Cathy Park Hong vs. Triumph

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!

-1 s2 w ago
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Cathy Park Hong vs. Triumph

Yanyi vs. the Personal

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!

-1 sSEP 17
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Yanyi vs. the Personal

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

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!

-1 sSEP 3
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VS x Poetry Magazine Podcast Live in Portland with Eloisa Amezcua and Brenda Shaughnessy!

Ilya Kaminsky vs. The Republic

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!

-1 sAUG 20
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Ilya Kaminsky vs. The Republic

Diana Khoi Nguyen vs. Silence

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 athttps://www.instagram.com/waitingforbeckett/. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

-1 sAUG 6
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Diana Khoi Nguyen vs. Silence

Morgan Parker vs. Now

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!

-1 sJUL 23
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Morgan Parker vs. Now

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

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!

-1 sJUL 9
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VS Live in Mississippi w/ Helene Achanzar, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil vs. the Garden

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!

-1 sJUN 25
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Aimee Nezhukumatathil vs. the Garden

Julian Randall vs. Forgiveness

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!

-1 sJUN 11
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Julian Randall vs. Forgiveness

Latest Episodes

Wo Chan vs. Drag

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!

-1 s5 d ago
Comments
Wo Chan vs. Drag

Cathy Park Hong vs. Triumph

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!

-1 s2 w ago
Comments
Cathy Park Hong vs. Triumph

Yanyi vs. the Personal

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!

-1 sSEP 17
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Yanyi vs. the Personal

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

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!

-1 sSEP 3
Comments
VS x Poetry Magazine Podcast Live in Portland with Eloisa Amezcua and Brenda Shaughnessy!

Ilya Kaminsky vs. The Republic

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!

-1 sAUG 20
Comments
Ilya Kaminsky vs. The Republic

Diana Khoi Nguyen vs. Silence

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 athttps://www.instagram.com/waitingforbeckett/. NOTE: Make sure you rate us on Apple Podcasts and write us a review!

-1 sAUG 6
Comments
Diana Khoi Nguyen vs. Silence

Morgan Parker vs. Now

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!

-1 sJUL 23
Comments
Morgan Parker vs. Now

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

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!

-1 sJUL 9
Comments
VS Live in Mississippi w/ Helene Achanzar, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil vs. the Garden

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!

-1 sJUN 25
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Aimee Nezhukumatathil vs. the Garden

Julian Randall vs. Forgiveness

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!

-1 sJUN 11
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Julian Randall vs. Forgiveness