Franny Choi, Founder / Director

Franny Choi is a queer, Korean American writer, former organizer, and author of three books: The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On (2022), Soft Science (2019), and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (2014). She developed her practice in community with artists and activists in Providence, RI, where she worked on campaigns for police accountability, youth power, and migrant justice. Her poems have been published in the New York Times, the Nation, and the Atlantic; taught in abolitionist trainings by Mariame Kaba; translated into five languages; and broadcast on NPR’s Code Switch and All Things Considered. She is a Poetry Editor for the Massachusetts Review and Faculty in Literature at Bennington College.

Tamiko Beyer, Retreat Coordinator

Tamiko Beyer is the author of the poetry collections Last Days and We Come Elemental. Her poetry and articles have been published widely, including by Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review, Black Warrior Review, and Georgia Review. She has received awards from PEN America and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, among others. She publishes Starlight and Strategy, a monthly newsletter for shaping change. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power.

photocredit: Susi Franco

Lo Kwa Mei-en, Book Fair Coordinator

Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of Yearling (Alice James Books, 2015), The Bees Make Money in the Lion (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016), and two chapbooks from The Lettered Streets Press and Bloom Books. She lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.

photocredit: Araminta Kellond-Knight


  • Tamiko Beyer

  • Franny Choi

  • Arhm Choi Wild

  • Aurielle Marie

  • Lo Kwa Mei-en

  • Cynthia Dewi Oka

  • Claire Schwartz

  • Jessica Yuan


Made up of Staff, Book Fair Committee Members, and other advisors, the Advisory Circle is the collective governing body of Brew & Forge. For 2021-2022, the advisory circle includes the names listed above as well as Danez Smith and Nate Marshall.


Andrea Schmid, Justice Ameer, Candace Wiley, Jess X. Snow, Tamiko Beyer, and MARS Marshall also participated in a Catalyst Circle in June 2021 to advise on the growth of B&F, including the Witches & Warriors Retreat.

Five Asian American people are posed and smiling in front of a wood backdrop strung with lights and streamers.

Participants in the 2021 Catalyst Circle, from top left: Andrea Schmid, Franny Choi, MARS Marshall, Justice Ameer, Tamiko Beyer, Jess X. Snow, Candace Wiley. 

Staff of the 2022 Witches & Warriors Retreat. From top left: Tamiko Beyer, Amelia deGuzman, tae min suh, Franny Choi, Patricia Jeon.

Seven people of color (Black, Latinx, and Asian) on a Zoom screen, smiling. One has put up a heart reaction.