Brave, Unbodied Scheme—a McNally Jackson poetry reading series featuring Brian Teare, Mónica de la Torre, Shin Yu Pai, and Wayne Koestenbaum

April 12th

McNally Jackson Seaport

Join us at the McNally Jackson Seaport bar, manhattan’s own coastal refuge, as we present an evening featuring a range of brilliant minds from NYC's poetry scene.

The title for this new monthly series comes from Herman Melville’s poem “Art”. Poetry, wine, and the sea have always been inextricably intertwined. This reading series seeks to highlight poets from all over the city, and give them a backdrop of McNally Jackson’s bar to read their new work. Join us to hear poems, drink wine, and enjoy the “pulsed life”.

This month's reading is loosely based around ekphrasis and features Brian Teare, Mónica de la Torre, Shin Yu Pai, and Wayne Koestenbaum.

A former Pew Fellow in the Arts, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, the American Antiquarian Society, the Fund for Poetry, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is the author of The Room Where I Was Born, Pleasure, Sight Map, Companion Grasses, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, and Doomstead Days, which is Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry. Winner of the Brittingham Prize and the Thom Gunn and Lambda Literary Awards, his work has also been a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and eights years in Philadelphia, he is now an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Mónica de la Torre’s most recent book of poems and experimental translations is Repetition Nineteen (Nightboat). Other collections include The Happy End/All Welcome (Ugly Duckling Presse)—a riff on a riff on Kafka's Amerika—and Public Domain (Roof Books). She has published several books in Spanish, including Taller de Taquimecanografía (Tumbona), written jointly with the eponymous women artists' collective she co-founded. With Alex Balgiu, she co-edited the anthology Women in Concrete Poetry 1959–79 (Primary Information). She has translated numerous works from the Spanish, most recently Omar Cáceres’s Defense of the Idol (Ugly Duckling Presse) and is co-editor of the volume Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (Copper Canyon). A recipient of a 2022 Creative Capital grant and the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts C.D. Wright Award for Poetry and, she teaches poetry at Brooklyn College.

Shin Yu Pai is currently Civic Poet of The City of Seattle. She is author of 13 books, including most recently No Neutral (Empty Bowl, 2023) and Less Desolate (Blue Cactus Press, 2023). In 2021, Entre Rios Books published her book, ENSO, a 20-year survey of her work across creative disciplines, including book arts, photography, film, installation, and performance. She is the creator and host of the chart-topping, award-winning podcast Ten Thousand Things, which she produces for KUOW, Seattle's NPR affiliate station.

[Photo credit: Daniel Carrillo]


Wayne Koestenbaum—writer and artist—has published 23 books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including Stubble Archipelago, Ultramarine, The Cheerful Scapegoat, Figure It Out, Camp Marmalade, My 1980s & Other Essays, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Humiliation, Hotel Theory, Circus, Andy Warhol, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award). He has given musical performances of his improvisatory Sprechstimme soliloquies at the Hammer Museum, The Kitchen, REDCAT, Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, The Artist’s Institute, the Renaissance Society, and The Poetry Project. His paintings have been exhibited in solo shows at White Columns, 356 Mission, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum. His first feature-length film, The Collective, premiered at UnionDocs (New York) in 2021. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and a Whiting Award. Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired his literary archive. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center.