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The New York City Poetry Festival

The Poetry Brothel

The Typewriter Project

Milk Press

The New York City Poetry Festival

Every year on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island. The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees. The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival is to liberate New York poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and universities. By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye. For more information about the next New York City Poetry Festival, visit newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.

“I spotted a disproportionate amount of urbanites meandering barefoot, grinning, straw fedoras tilted on their heads in a suspiciously jaunty manner.” - The Rumpus  

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The Poetry Brothel

The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel is inspired by the turn- of-the-century brothels in New Orleans, Paris, and Buenos Aires, many of which functioned as safe spaces where fringe and avant-garde artists could experiment and perform their work. At each event, The Madame presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during an event. Of course, any true bordello needs a good cover; The Poetry Brothel's is an immersive cabaret featuring burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerials, visual art, magic, and mysticism, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event. For more information, to buy tickets, or to book The Poetry Brothel for a private party, please visit thepoetrybrothel.com

“To have someone whisper a poem into your ear is better than sex.” -Nick Flynn

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The Typewriter Project is a series of initiatives that unbury, tune up, and refurbish old typewriters in the interest of dusting off, shining up, and recontextualizing poetry in the hearts and minds of the public.


The Subconscious of the City

“From a distance, the small, narrow booth resembles a confessional.”

-The New York Times

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The Typewriter Project’s inaugural concept, Subconscious of the City, is a series of site-specific installations which invite passersby to contribute their voices to a collaborative poem that exists in both analog & digital forms. These installations, which take the form of tiny, rustic writing studios for one, are each outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, & a custom-built USB Typewriter™ kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, & posted online for users to read, share, & comment upon. The project is inspired by the Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist writing game in which several authors contribute to one poem. Each entry in The Typewriter Project can be its own distinct lyric, but users can also read & be influenced by what was written before them on the scroll. By creating a new & unique form of public dialogue, this project hopes to capture something of the sound, narrative, & nuance of specific corners of our cities. Subconscious of the City investigates, documents, & preserves the poetic subconscious of a place in time, while providing a fun & interactive means for the public to engage with the written word. To bring Subconscious of the City to your event, school, gallery, museum, bookstore, or office, please contact us here. Read the latest entries from the project at subconsciousofthecity.com.


Micro-Residencies

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New York is one of the fastest moving cities on the planet, & its poets are some of the busiest people in the world. We don’t all have the time to take a year-long, month-long, or even week-long writer’s residency. That doesn’t change the importance of making time & space to write. That’s why The Poetry Society of New York is teaming up with some of NYC's most forward-thinking cultural institutions to give busy poets exactly what they need: a small chunk of time devoted to writing. The mission of The Micro-Residency program is to carve out that small window of time for working poets in stimulating environments & to promote the joy of poetry by introducing poets to the tactile pleasure of writing on a typewriter & by exposing the public to contemporary poets at work. If you are interested in hosting a Micro-Residency at your institution, please contact us for more information. If you are interested in being a resident, Micro-Applications are accepted via Submittable during our open submission periods. To stay up-to-date about upcoming application deadlines, join our mailing list.


Typewriter Poets

The Poetry Society of New York specializes in bringing poets to public events, private parties, and commercial environments. Our Typewriter Poets are stylish, fascinating creatures with fleshed out CV's & graduate degrees. Wielding vintage typewriters, these professional poets & performers write original, personalized poems for attendees to take with them, creating authentic, beautiful, and meaningful souvenirs and party favors. PSNY’s Typewriter Poet service brings poetry into truly unexpected places: law firms, hotel lobbies, architectural agencies, fashion parties, shopping malls. If you would like a typewriter poet at your next event, contact us with the details.

Milk Press

Launched in 2018, Milk Press merges the poetry and visual art worlds by cultivating and presenting exclusively collaborative works. Milk seeks work that steeps itself in identity, performance, social critique, cultural contemplation, body politics, empathy, and everything within and beyond. Our projects are fluid, nourishing, embodied; spilt and split-open. Learn more about Milk Press at milkpressbooks.com and submit your work via Submittable