4 poets starting at 4pm
Reception 5:30-7:30pm
May 07, 2022

POETRY READING curated by Caitlin Grace McDonnell
Featuring: Ashna Ali . Arden Levine
Caitlin Grace McDonnell . Suzanne Wise

Saturday May 7, 2022, at 4p.m.
Masks required.
Donations accepted for poets please
Reception to follow in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition RENE LYNCH Gaze at Metaphor Projects

Caitlin Grace McDonnell was a New York Times Poetry Fellow at NYU where she received her MFA. She has published poems and essays widely, including a chapbook, Dreaming the Tree (2003) and two books of poems, Looking for Small Animals (2012) and Pandemic City (2021) She lives and teaches writing in New York City.

Suzanne Wise is a writer of poetry and prose, and she also draws occasional comics. Her most recent collection of writing is the poetry chapbook The Book of Space (Tammy, 2021). Her other books include the poetry collection The Kingdom of the Subjunctive (Alice James Books) and the chapbooks Talking Cure (Red Glass Books) and The Blur Model (Belladonna*). Her poetry has also been published in dozens of literary journals, and her fiction and poetry have garnered her residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MacDowell, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Yaddo, among other places. Otherwise, Suzanne can be found working with pens, pencils, and electronic devices in Brooklyn, New York. Her comics appear on Instagram at @demonsofpoetry.

Ashna Ali, PhD. is a queer, agender, disabled, and diasporic Bangladeshi poet, writer, and educator raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. They are the author of the chapbook The Relativity of Living Well (The Operating System, 2022) and their poetry has appeared in several journals including Sun Dog Lit, Breadcrumbs Mag, Nat. Brut., Zoeglossia, and Kajal Mag, among others. They facilitate a series of workshops through LIMINAL LAB called "CripLit4Spoonies" on literatures of chronic illness and disability, and teach in Bard College Simon's Rock Young Writers Workshop summer program. They can be found on Instagram at @doctordushtu and at

Arden Levine’s debut collection, Ladies’ Abecedary (Harbor Editions, 2021) was included in CLMP’s 2022 Reading List for Women’s History Month. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, RHINO, River Styx, and elsewhere. Other writing has been featured in AGNI Online, The Missouri Review’s Poem-of-the-Week, WNYC’s Radiolab, and Poetry Society of America’s Song Cycle series. An NYC municipal employee, Arden’s daily work focuses on housing affordability, homelessness prevention, and equitable community development.