The Poetry Society of New York is a non-profit dedicated to promoting poetry within our culture.

The society accomplishes its mission by creating engaging, one-of-a-kind experiences of poetry; by building meaningful partnerships in the worlds of art, literature, & business; & by fostering healthy & progressive poetry communities in cities across the globe.  

Immersive Poetry

An immersive literary cabaret series that fuses poetry, burlesque, live music, vaudeville, visual art, magic, mysticism, & private, one-on-one poetry experiences.

Typewriter poets

Poets wielding vintage typewriters write original, personalized poetry for guests to take home from your wedding, opening, store, cultural institution, or event.

Membership

With PSNY, membership means more than just a regular donation: our members are a family. We offer affordable options for all, whether you’re a student or executive.

NYC poetry festival

A two-day pastoral journey through idyllic Governors Island that brings the vast & diverse poetry community of New York City to new light in the public eye.

Milk Press

Milk Press merges the poetry & visual art worlds by cultivating & presenting collaborations exclusively. Our books are fluid & embodied; spilt & split-open.

Micro-Residencies

Looking to heighten your organization’s culture? Consider a poet-in-residence. PSNY offers day-long residencies at some of New York’s most dynamic institutions.

The Typewriter Project

A series of site-specific installations that invite passersby to contribute their voices to a collaborative poem that exists in both analog & digital forms.

Commission a poem

We have worked with countless brands to put poetry in unexpected places — on buildings, bed sheets, & body parts — and with individuals seeking artistic gifts.

LET US PLAN YOUR EVENT

As a team of professional event producers and poets, no one is better qualified to turn your event into a poetic dreamscape of your own design. Tell us your vision!

Founded by Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski in 2008, The Poetry Society of New York brings poetry into the 21st Century. 

MISSION

The Poetry Society of New York has a simple mission: to redefine and reestablish poetry's essential position in the culture-at-large. The society accomplishes this mission by:

a) creating new models for the presentation of poetry;

b) fostering vibrant, progressive poetry communities across the globe;

c) cultivating relationships in the worlds of art, literature, design, and commerce, and;

d) presenting the works of New York City poets to the world

The New York City poetry world has largely isolated itself to a small & fragmented circle. The Poetry Society of New York moves through & opens up that circle to unite the community of makers with the community of appreciators in fresh and unconventional ways.

HISTORY

The Poetry Society of New York first emerged under the guise of The Poetry Brothel at The Living Theater in 2008. The Poetry Brothel was conceived as a performance art event aimed at fostering intimacy, urgency and exaltation within the New York poetry community, and at expanding that community to include a more diverse population of artists. At that time, New York City, the place perceived by thousands of young writers to be the epicenter of the contemporary poetry world, felt boring. Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara and Edna St. Vincent Millay had quit running amok decades earlier, and a clear vitalizing alternative was required. The Poetry Brothel provided one cure: a pastiche of back-alley history and literary revelry, this event series remedied the monotony of the slam poetry reading’s excessive bravado, and charmed patrons of the one-note, one-format academic poetry readings out of their fold-up chairs into back rooms for private readings.

But it wasn’t enough. The Poetry Brothel bridged social boundaries between individuals, but soon, Berger and Adamski felt the need to cross literal borders. In 2009, they oversaw the creation of The Poetry Brothel’s first international chapter, Prostibulo Poetico, founded by PSNY Chief Operating Officer, Kiely Sweatt, in Barcelona. In 2010, The Poetry Brothel and Prostibulo Poetico began a translation project in the hopes of opening the lines of communication between New York poets and poets living abroad, but in order to get funding for such a project, it was time to get legal and form a business entity. When the state of New York rejected the business name “The Poetry Brothel,” citing it as “lewd and illegal,” Berger and Adamski requested “The Poetry Society of New York, LLC ” and much to their surprise, they got it! 

Since forming The Poetry Society of New York in 2010, they have expanded The Poetry Brothel into over 25 cities across the globe and created The New York City Poetry Festival (founded 2011), The Typewriter Project (founded 2014), Milk Press (founded 2018), and countless smaller projects. Since forming their 501(c)3 corporation, The Poetry Society of New York, Inc., they have watched their little society take on a life of its own. Over the years, via its programs and client services, The Poetry Society of New York has brought poetry into the lives of millions.

Board & Staff

Stephanie Berger
Chief Executive Officer

B.C. Edwards
Chief Financial Officer

Gregg Emery
Chief Programs Officer

Nicholas Adamski
Chief Creative Officer

Lucas Hunt
Chief Development Officer

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Jackie Braje
Programs Coordinator

Kiely Sweatt
Chief Operating Officer

Teresa Bigelow
Chief Public Relations Officer

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Bernadette McCommish
Production Coordinator

Open Positions

Below is a list of our available internships. All internships are unpaid, but they can be done for college credit. To be considered for and internship, please fill out the form below explaining your interest, background, and availability. If you are simply interested in volunteering, that's okay too! We are always looking for volunteers to help out on-site at The Poetry Brothel, The New York City Poetry Festival, the Spring Gala, and more! Send us a note using the form below.


Event Production Internship

The Poetry Society of New York is seeking an intern who will assist with the production of our programs & events. Event Production Interns’ duties may include:

  • Assisting with set-up and breakdown of events

  • Stage managing, taking video, selling merchandise and other on-site duties during events & rehearsals

  • Writing, editing, designing, and printing runs of show, stage plots, venue layouts, materials lists, and other production documents

  • Facilitating communication between with event casts, event staff, venues, sponsors, clients & other professional contacts to streamline production process

  • Participating in the development of new production ideas and seeing them through to their execution

  • Coordinating with the Communications & PR Interns as well as the Social Media & Digital Marketing interns to execute production elements related to promotional efforts

  • Assisting the Communications & PR Interns as well as Social Media & Digital Marketing Interns with their duties, as needed.

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; outgoing, confident, & calm under pressure

  • Hands-on mentality; self-motivated, intuitive, & independent worker

  • Strong artistic aesthetic & attention to detail

  • Ability to work remotely & during nonstandard business hours

  • Demonstrated familiarity with and enthusiasm for poetry, literature, theater, and performance art

  • Experience using Eventbrite & Square Point of Sale system.


Communications & PR Internship

The Poetry Society of New York is seeking an intern who will assist with Communications & PR efforts for our company, events, and programs. Communications & PR Interns’ duties may include:

  • Writing, editing, designing, & distributing press releases, flyers, posters, decks & other promotional materials

  • Creating & updating content & settings for each program or event on Eventbrite, Squarespace, and Facebook

  • Researching, identifying, pitching & maintaining relationships with journalists, bloggers, influencers, venues, potential sponsors & partners, potential clients & other professional contacts

  • Presenting sponsorship & client pitches and proposals

  • Attending industry events and making connections

  • Coordinating with the Event Production Interns & the Social Media & Digital Marketing Interns to execute communications & PR strategies

  • Assisting the Event Production Interns & the Social Media & Digital Marketing Interns with their duties, as needed.

Qualifications

  • Experience using Canva or other graphic design software

  • Excellent communication skills: written, verbal, and visual

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; outgoing & confident

  • Self-motivated & independent worker

  • Avid media consumer & pro researcher

  • Ability to work remotely & during nonstandard business hours

  • Demonstrated familiarity with and enthusiasm for poetry, literature, and performance art


The Poetry Society of New York is seeking an intern who will assist with Social Media & Digital Marketing efforts for our company, events, and programs. Social Media & Digital Marketing Interns’ duties may include:

  • Assisting with the development and execution of a creative and comprehensive Social Media & Digital Marketing strategy across multiple brands, audiences, and platforms

  • Using Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Squarespace, & Google Ads to strategically frame campaigns & messages to target & engage diverse audiences

  • Creating & publishing original written and visual content daily to communicate brand identity & engage followers

  • Tracking each platform's analytics, creating weekly reports, and setting & meeting numeric goals

  • Corresponding with followers & subscribers about questions, concerns and opportunities

  • Creating live, engaging social media content at our events & rehearsals

Qualifications

  • Passionate about using Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Mailchimp, &/or Squarespace to communicate a strong message, aesthetic, and identity and to share it with diverse audiences

  • Experience using Canva or other graphic design software

  • Interest in analytics; passion for setting & meeting follower, engagement, sales, & fundraising goals

  • Excellent communication skills: written, verbal, and visual

  • Self-motivated & independent worker

  • Ability to work remotely & during nonstandard business hours

  • Demonstrated familiarity with and enthusiasm for poetry, literature, theater, and performance art

Social Media & Digital Marketing Internship


Non-Profit Development Intern

The Poetry Society of New York is seeking interns to assist with fundraising, sales, and business development for the society and its projects. Development Interns’ responsibilities may include:

  • Researching & identifying potential business opportunities & funding sources including grant-makers, donors, clients, sponsors, potential members, and other potential funding sources

  • Developing & maintaining relationships with grant-makers, members, donors, sponsors, clients, and other funders

  • Maintaining a calendar of grant deadlines & our membership database

  • Writing letters of inquiry & assembling grant applications

  • Assisting with the development of our members program & fulfilling membership rewards

  • Assisting with the coordination and execution of our Spring Gala

  • Attending fundraising & networking events and making connections

  • Writing, designing, and presenting sponsorship & client pitches and proposals

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; outgoing, charming, and persuasive

  • Ambitious, self-motivated & independent

  • Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal

  • Ability to work remotely & during nonstandard business hours

  • Strong organization skills & attention to detail

  • Demonstrated familiarity with and enthusiasm for poetry, literature, and performance art

  • Experience using Google Sheets, Excel, or other database software

  • Experience using Canva or other basic design software


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