Brave, Unbodied Scheme— a McNally Jackson poetry reading series featuring Chris Campanioni, Jay Gao, Tyler Mills, Oliver Radclyffe, and Leah Souffrant

February 23rd

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 features Chris Campanioni, Jay Gao, Tyler Mills, Oliver Radclyffe, and Leah Souffrant 


Chris Campanioni is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize, the International Latino Book Award, and the Academy of American Poets College Prize. His essays, poetry, and fiction have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and have found a home in several venues, including Best American Essays. Recent and forthcoming books include a novel titled VHS (CLASH Books, 2025), a creative nonfiction called North by North/west (West Virginia University Press, 2025), a mixed-media notebook named A and B and Also Nothing (Unbound Edition, 2023), and his debut poetry collection, Windows 85, out this fall from Roof Books.




Jay Gao is a poet from Edinburgh, Scotland, living in New York City. His debut poetry collection Imperium (Carcanet, 2022) is a winner of the 2023 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. He is also the author of five poetry chapbooks and pamphlets, two of which are forthcoming. He has received support from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Civitella Ranieri, Community of Writers, and he earned his MFA from Brown University. Currently, he is a PhD student in English at Columbia University where he researches experimental poetics and race.



Tyler Mills (she/her) is the author of City Scattered (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), Hawk Parable (Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019), Tongue Lyre (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (Diode Editions Chapbook Prize, Diode Editions 2021). Her memoir, The Bomb Cloud (Unbound Edition Press 2024), received a Literature Grant from the Café Royal Foundation NYC. Her poetry guidebook, Poetry Studio: Prompts for Poets, is forthcoming from the University of Akron Press (2024) in May. A poet and essayist, her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, the Kenyon Review, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Brevity, Copper Nickel, River Teeth, and The Rumpus. She teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center's 24PearlStreet and lives in Brooklyn.


Leah Souffrant is a writer and artist committed to interdisciplinary practice. She is the author of Entanglements: Threads woven from history, memory, and the body (Unbound Edition Press 2023) and Plain Burned Things: A Poetics of the Unsayable (Collection Clinamen, PULG Liège 2017). She has been awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and her scholarship was recognized by the Center for the Study of Women & Society. She is a founding member of the LeAB Iteration Lab for theater art and performance. She teaches writing at New York University and keeps a studio in Brooklyn where she writes and creates visual art.


Oliver Radclyffe is part of the new wave of transgender writers unafraid to address the complex nuances of transition for the wider world, examining the places where gender identity, sexual orientation, feminist allegiance, social class, and family history overlap. His monograph, ADULT HUMAN MALE, is out now with Unbound Edition Press, and he has a memoir, FRIGHTEN THE HORSES, due for release with Roxane Gay Books this September. His work has appeared in The New York Times and Electric Literature.