Looking for something a little outside the box? The Poetry Society of New York specializes in bringing poets to public events, private parties, and commercial environments. Wielding vintage typewriters, our professional and stylish Typewriter Poets write spontaneous, customized poems for clients, employees, & guests to take home as meaningful mementos, personalized gifts, or party favors. From gallery openings to corporate events, bachelorette parties to weddings, baby showers to bar mitzvahs, and holiday parties to actual baptisms, there’s no event that isn’t enhanced by a Typewriter Poet!
PSNY’s Typewriter Poetry clients have included Free People, Opening Ceremony, Rag & Bone, The Macallan, Drop Box, and more. For more information, or to book a poet, contact us below.
Emoji Poetry may initially sound “like a post-ironic gimmick,” but PSNY’s Emoji Poetry workshop remains one of its most popular services—and not just for the kitsch of those adorable hieroglyphs! Emojis are a unique cultural touchstone because they are a global language designed to convey emotion. They communicate tone and nuance, allowing us to emote beyond our spoken languages. That’s why Emojis make for such fantastic icebreakers—even between team members from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Emojis also provide a light-hearted, low-pressure entry point into writing poetry, an art form that many find intimidating. Writing in Emojis is fun!
PSNY’s Emoji Poetry workshop asks participants to write collaborative emoji poems, to translate those poems individually into English, and to share their translations with the group. Cooperating to write emoji poems as a team requires creativity, spontaneity, and compromise—the ultimate group bonding exercise. Translating those emoji poems on one’s own creates a space for vulnerability and personal expression. Sharing individual translations inevitably leads to thoughtful conversations about language, culture, friends, family, process, bias, choice, and values.
Sharing poetry is an inherently intimate act that cultivates trust and imagination. That’s why PSNY’s emoji poetry workshop makes for such an effective team-building activity for both children and adults. This workshop is great for school groups; corporate outings; after-school programs; corporate retreats; community programs; office events; and teams of all sorts looking to create tighter bonds.
Writing and translating Emoji Poetry is perhaps the greatest word game since Madlibs! Don’t miss out on this incredible workshop experience. To request more information or to learn about other collaborative writing activities hosted by PSNY, please contact us below.
"I haven't seen our team smile and laugh that much in a while!"
— Ashley Alvarado, Head of HR, Habitas
A full service entertainment and event production company, The Poetry Society of New York specializes in art direction, design, and production of immersive, poetic cabarets. Our creative team has more than a decade of experience planning, designing, producing, staffing, and programming unique events, performances, and parties. Our company has hired and worked with hundreds of venues, poets, burlesque entertainers, circus performers, event vendors, and service providers over the years and can take those logistics off your hands in a matter of seconds.
Are you looking for an unusual wedding or corporate event idea? Do you want your bachelorette party, hen party, or bridal event to stand out amongst the rest? Contact us with your ideas, and we will bring them to life!
Hire A Performer
Looking to book entertainment for your private, corporate, or pubic event? Our typewriter poets and other poetic practitioners are natural performers—always the most brilliant, gracious, and beguiling at the party. PSNY also has a variety of artists, entertainers, and creatives in our back pocket—all working in different disciplines. If you are thinking of hiring an actor, musician, dancer, burlesque performer, aerialist, magician, visual artist, calligrapher, tarot reader, or other mystic to perform at your private party, public performance, or corporate event, we know the best—and most literary—in the business. To inquire about hiring one of our performers for your event, please contact us below.
poems on demand
Would you like a unique gift for your partner this Valentine’s Day? Are you wracking your brain for an usual, impactful anniversary gift idea? How about a personalized love poem for that writer or literature lover in you life?
At PSNY we have worked with men, women, and everyone in between to craft meaningful, funny, sexy, and personal poems for husbands, wives, partners, friends, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, boyfriends, and girlfriends on Christmas, V-Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and plenty of birthdays and anniversaries.
If you’re looking for a handcrafted gift, PSNY can produce customized hard copies & ship them directly to the recipient. Would you like your poem typewritten & wax-sealed in a linen envelope? Of course you would! Delicately detailed packaging is our specialty.
If you have a poem you'd like written, ghost-written, or edited, we've worked with individuals, as well as dozens of corporate clients, including Adidas, A&E Network, & Manhattan Mini Storage, to create the perfect poems for their commercials, ad campaigns, employee gifts bags, and product launches.
Another idea: would you like your proposal speech, wedding speech, or even your wedding vows written in verse? Not only have we helped brides, bridesmaids, grooms, and groomsmen polish up their vows and speeches, but we’ve even written a few eulogies or two.
Poetry is one of the best ways to commemorate the important moments and celebrate the important people in our lives. Stop googling “how to write a poem” and bring in a professional.
Rent a Typewriter Booth
Here’s an interesting theme idea for your next party: The Typewriter Project! The Typewriter Project is a tiny, rustic writing studio that invites anyone who encounters it to sit down and contribute their ideas to a collaborative poem or community diary. These mobile installations, when not inhabiting the parks of New York City, are available to rent for single-day events; short-term activations; and longer term installations. Each little booth is outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter™ kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. Each entry can have its own distinct theme and style, but since each writer has the opportunity to read what was written before them on the scroll, they are encouraged to be influenced by it. By creating a new form of dialogue, this project provides a unique, creative bonding experience for your guests and a fascinating record of your event that exists in both analog and digital forms. These beautiful and unusual installations mine ideas hiding in our poetic subconscious while providing a fun and interactive means to engage with the written word. Read the latest entries from the project here. To rent a typewriter booth for your next party or event, contact PSNY below.