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. To learn more about PSNY, visit www.poetrysocietyny.org.
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.
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 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. Read the latest entries from The Typewriter Project at subconsciousofthecity.com.
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.
The Emoji Poems are an ongoing experiment in translation and a collaboration between Stephanie Berger and Carina Finn. According to Dazed Digital, “‘Emoji poetry’ initially sounds like a post-ironic gimmick, but in the collaborative chapbook The Grey Bird out from Coconut Books in April, poets Finn and Berger have turned their involved ideogrammatical communication into richly unsettling reflections on love, travel, alienation, etc. Balancing the inherently modern with the timelessly lyric, Berger takes the emoji compositions from Finn and translates them into poems, most of which centre around the enigmatic ‘grey bird’.” Read more about the Emoji poems in Poetry Magazine, Bustle, Refinery 29, Paper Magazine, and Smoking Glue Gun.
TWO GENIUS HUSBANDS is a play by Carina Finn. A queer & experimental farce, Two Genius Husbands investigates the possibility of genius and the simultaneous impossibility of geniuses. In Two Genius Husbands, Q & Q, a pair of genius husbands, are rewriting Aeschylus’ lost tragedy, Callisto. A queer take on Beckettian theater and Greek tragedy, this is the play that dares to ask: what is the difference between desire and domesticity? What is the difference between a bear and the mother of a bear? TWO GENIUS HUSBANDS premiered at Dixon Place. It was produced by Stephanie Berger, directed by Kate Attwell, and starred Ceci Fernandez, Monique Barbee, Molly Bernard, and Mitchell Winter.
YOLO is a conceptual photo-poetry book collaboration between Brandon Johnson, Sean Patrick Cain, Carina Finn, and Stephanie Berger. The project investigates the phrase "You Only Live Once" in contrast to its carpe diem contemporary pop usage as an ultra-conventional moment mori literary trope presented in the unconventional literary medium of a photographic series. Featuring an inscribed granite headstone positioned in public locations through the city of New York, it’s Charles Baudelaire x Ed Ruscha. Antediluvian literary motif presented through photo-based conceptualism. Ye Olde Grandfather Literature gone meme. In memoriam. #YOLO
The "book" consists of a series of 27 5x7" photos in a disposable-style hand-made paper packaging stamped with silver ink and sealed with a wax fleur-de-lis.
Brothel Books was the short-lived publishing arm of The Poetry Brothel. The Poetry Brothel has long been a proponent of bringing poetry to the masses–-exclusively, and with absolute discretion. Likewise, The Poetry Brothel’s publishing arm, Brothel Books, published the most intimate, most charming, and most crafted works by The Poetry Brothel’s poets across the globe. Here is the list of titles, all of which are still available for purchase: