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. They created The 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,” and much to their surprise, they got it! Since forming The Poetry Society of New York in 2010, they have produced The New York City Poetry Festival, The Typewriter Project, and countless other projects and expanded The Poetry Brothel into over 25 cities across the globe. 

 

Board & Staff

Stephanie Berger
Chief Executive Officer

B.C. Edwards
Director of Finance

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Jackie Braje
Executive Assistant

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Rupert McCranor
Production Assistant

Nicholas Adamski
Chief Creative Officer

Lucas Hunt
Development Director

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Bernadette McCommish
Production Coordinator

Teresa Bigelow
Publicist

Kiely Sweatt
Director of Operations

Gregg Emery
Director of Education

Charley Layton
Production Manager

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N.O. Moore
Workshop Manager

Associates

Emily Bergquist
Performance Poet

Allison Sylvia
Performance Poet

Rachel Boyadjis
Poet, Aerialist, Production Assistant

Kate Belew
Poet, Milk Press Editor, Social Media

Joey Cannizarro
Milk Press Art Editor, Poet, Visual Artist

Sara Zepezauer
Poet & Aerialist

Isabelle Bonney
Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Kelly Dochy
Poet & Illustrator

Andrej Kapor
Poet & Graphic Designer

Bobby Gordon
Typewriter Poet

Lucia Stacey
Typewriter Poet

Kevin Devaney
Typewriter Poet

Phillip T. Nails
Typewriter Poet

Brian Sonia-Wallace
Typewriter Poet

Terence Leclere
Typewriter Poet

Partners