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

The society accomplishes its mission by designing and producing engaging, one-of-a-kind poetry experiences; by creating strategic partnerships in the worlds of art, literature, and design; and by fostering healthy and progressive poetry communities in cities across the globe.  

the poetry brothel

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

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Hire A Typewriter poet

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

Milk Press

Milk Press publishes collaborative books of poetry & visual art by emerging artists. Our books are fluid, nourishing, embodied; spilt & split-open.

The Typewriter project

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

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put a poem on it

We have worked with countless brands to put poetry in unexpected places: Snapchat filters, on buildings, bed sheets, & body parts -- at events, on products, and online. 

Visible Poetry Project

The Visible Poetry Project partners thirty filmmakers with thirty poets to create visual interpretations of original and classic poems.

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.

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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!

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Micro-Residencies

With a micro-application of just a single poem, poets may apply for a writers residency of 24 hours or less at one of New York's most iconic institutions. 

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 to a event, or to book The Poetry Brothel for a private party, please visit thepoetrybrothel.com

 
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THE TYPEWRITER PROJECT

 

The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which invite passersby to join in a citywide collaborative poem that exists in both the analog and digital realms. These typewriter booths are each 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. The project is largely inspired by the idea of an Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist writing game in which several authors contribute to one poem. Obviously each entry in The Typewriter Project can be its own distinct lyric, but we hope that users will also be influenced by what was written before them on the scroll. By creating a new and unique form of public dialogue, this project hopes to capture something of the sound, narrative, and nuance of specific corners of our cities. The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of the city while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word.

To bring The Typewriter Project to your event, school, gallery, museum, bookstore, or office, please contact us here. Read the latest entries from The Typewriter Project at subconsciousofthecity.com.

 

 
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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.

Fostering an approachable, engaging, diverse, progressive, lively, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of the festival’s mission. Poets bring to light issues of vital importance; they create avenues of intellect, introspection, political awareness, and artistic communication for anyone to enjoy. The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival is to liberate New York’s poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and universities and to bring together as many poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, read, teach, learn, listen, perform, and collaborate in the festival's very own poetry village.

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.

 

 
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Milk Press

Launched in 2018, Milk Press publishes collaborative books of poetry and visual art by emerging artists. Milk seeks work that steeps itself in identity, performance, social critique, cultural contemplation, body politics, empathy, and everything within and beyond. Our books are fluid, nourishing, embodied; spilt and split-open. Learn more about Milk Press at milkpressbooks.com and submit your work via Submittable

Micro-Residency Program

The Poetry Society of New York is pleased to announce its most recent invention: The Micro-Residency. New York is one of the fasted 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 a handful of NYC's most iconic 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 & to shine a little light on what it means to be a contemporary poet at work. 

Because poets-in-residence will most often be inhabiting public spaces, we encourage writers to apply who are inspired by stimuli & open to the idea of interacting with passersby. Residents are also encouraged to find interesting ways of incorporating the public into their writing process, though this is not a requirement. What’s most important is that micro-residents are writing & showing New Yorkers all the ways in which poetry is being written all around them every day. Micro-Applications consisting of one poem, one sentence, & a two dollar application fee are accepted via Submittable.

WHAT PARTY ISN'T BETTER WITH A LITTLE POETRY?

 

The Poetry Society of New York specializes in bringing poets to your parties and events. Our Typewriter Poets are stylish, fascinating creatures with fleshed out CV's and graduate degrees. Our clients have included Opening Ceremony, Saatchi & SaatchiA&E NetworkThe Strand Bookstore, Grounds for Sculpture, Pen & Brush GallerySTORY, and more. Contact us with the details of your event. 

 

 
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