The Poetry Society of New York
The Poetry Society of New York (TPSNY) has a simple three-fold mission: a.) to unite New York poetry communities, b.) to bring the works of New York poets to the world and c.) to never bore you. The New York City poetry world has largely isolated itself to a small and Balkanized circle. The Poetry Society of New York moves through and opens up that circle to unite the community of makers with the community of appreciators in new and mysterious ways.
TPSNY's crown jewel, The Poetry Brothel, a unique and immersive poetry experience, takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and locates it in the lush interiors of a figurative bordello. Based in concept on the fin-de-sií¨cle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel presents poets as high courtesans, each operating within a carefully constructed character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on couches, chaise lounges, and in private rooms. Poets performing at the Brothel are male and female, emerging and established, local and international, and they engage audiences in an immersive experience that flows seamlessly through the Brothel’s public spaces into its private poetry readings. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience function as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and audience can be themselves in private.