Assembly: Poetry Reading at RISD Museum

Join poets Tina CaneCamille GuthrieSheila Maldonado, and Natalie Shapero, for readings of their recent work.

Free. Registration required to either attend in person (space limited) or virtually.


Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island where she is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Cane is the author of The Fifth Thought, Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz, Once More With Feeling, and Body of Work. She was a 2020 Poet Laureate Fellow with the Academy of American Poets and the creator/curator of the distance reading series, Poetry is Bread. Her new poetry collection, Year of the Murder Hornet, is forthcoming from Veliz Books in 2022 and her debut novel-in-verse for young adults, Alma Presses Play (Penguin/Random House) was just released in September 2021.

Camille Guthrie is the author of four books of poetry: Diamonds (BOA Editions 2021); and Articulated Lair: Poems for Louise BourgeoisIn Captivity, and The Master Thief—published by Subpress. Her poems have appeared in such journals as At Length, Boston Review, Interim, The Iowa Review, The New Republic, Tin House, as well as in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2019 & 2020 and Art & Artists: Poems. The Director of the Undergraduate Writing Initiatives at Bennington College, she has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell and the Yaddo Foundation. She lives in rural Vermont.

Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collections that's what you get (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2021) and one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press / A Gathering of the Tribes, 2011). She is a CantoMundo fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She teaches English for the City University of New York and was an English major at Brown. She was born in Brooklyn, raised in Coney Island, the daughter of Armando and Vilma of El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras. She lives in El Alto Manhattan.

Natalie Shapero is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection POPULAR LONGING. Her previous collections are HARD CHILD, shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and NO OBJECT, winner of the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award. Natalie’s writing has appeared in The NationThe New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksThe Paris ReviewThe New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.