YOUR SUPPORT MAKES OUR WORK POSSIBLE
Here are a few ways you can show your support for The Poetry Society of New York’s mission…
The goal of PSNY’s Spring Gala is to raise funds and awareness for The New York City Poetry Festival, now in its ninth year. Each summer The New York City Poetry Festival gathers the poetry community of New York City on Governors Island's pastoral lawns for two days of free readings, workshops, book-selling, art installations, performances, and other poetic festivities. One major highlight of the festival each year is its Youth Poetry Festival, which offers children and young adults the opportunity to participate in interactive writing games, to generate new work, and to perform their work on stage alongside some of New York's greatest living writers. Over 14,000 people attended the New York City Poetry Festival last year. With your help, we hope to make this year's offering richer than ever.
The Spring Gala, to be held at the historic Players Club on Gramercy Park, will include live music and a cocktail hour from 7-8pm, a brief presentation and live auction beginning at 8pm, and an open bar and immersive performance elements throughout. Your entertainers for the evening will include house band the Alex Feldman Trio, dancer & choreographer Jessy Smith, and typewriter poets Kate Belew & Bri Jurries. Speakers will include Stephanie Berger, Nicholas Adamski, N.O. Moore, and Matthew Baker. A photobooth will be on site courtesy of Fitzpatrick Entertainment. Black tie or festival formal attire is encouraged but not required.
If you are unable to attend this year’s Gala, but you are interested in showing your support of The New York City Poetry Festival, please consider making a donation or becoming a member of The Poetry Society of New York. You may also check back here in mid-March to see a list of our limited auction items eligible for absentee bidding!
If you own or work with a business that might be interested in sponsorship, please see our options listed below.
Major Donor Levels
PSNY counts on the contributions of those who can afford to give to fund its operations. The member benefits listed below are tokens of our gratitude and are valid for one year. If you wish to simply make a donation without receiving any benefits, of course that's okay too! Either way, we thank you, from the bottom of our collective heart, for your support!
$500 Limelight membership includes:
Two complimentary VIP tickets to PSNY’s Spring Gala (plus 50% off GA tickets for additional guests)
One complimentary VIP ticket to The Poetry Brothel each month (plus 50% off GA tickets for your guests)
Two complimentary tickets to each of our quarterly PSNY Salons
Exclusive admission to the PSNY Members Tent at The New York City Poetry Festival
One of our exceptional Typewriter Poets will write a customized, personalized poem especially for you & send it in the mail
Discounts from PSNY’s Partner Organizations
A monthly members newsletter featuring news, updates, poems, visual art, photos, videos, & more
$1000 benefactor membership includes:
All the benefits of a Limelight Membership
A total of four complimentary VIP tickets to PSNY’s Spring Gala & a private table for your group
Our Typewriter Poets will write you quarterly personalized poems, and you will receive these poems in the mail every three months
$5000 Champion Membership includes:
All the benefits of a Benefactor Membership
A total of ten VIP tickets & private table for your group at PSNY’s Spring Gala
A $500 award in your name will be given to a poet or community organizer for their contribution to the poetry community; the award will be presented at the Spring Gala, and you will receive a heartfelt “Thank You!” on stage
$10,000 Leadership circle membership includes:
All the benefits of a Champion Membership
A spot on the Advisory Committee of The Poetry Society of New York; as an advisor, you will receive invitations to PSNY board meetings, committee meetings and other internal gatherings, and your voice will help shape the future of the organization.