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Join the Cast

The Poetry Brothel is always seeking new poets, artists, musicians, mystics, dancers, vaudevillians, circus performers, sideshow acts, interns, volunteers, designers of all kinds, and any one who feels they have something to contribute to The Poetry Brothel. If you are interested in joining the family, feel free to contact us. Do tell us about yourself and ask any questions you may have. 

If you don't have any questions, and you would like to formally submit an application to become one of our venerated "Poetry Whores" or other cast members, please apply via Submittable. Artists from underrepresented communities are in particular encouraged to apply.

In your application, you will need to include your professional name; a cover letter; the city where you reside, a link to your website, portfolio, or Instagram page; your character name & bio (this need not contain any factual or professional information); at least one headshot or other photo of yourself; and an audition video. If you are applying to be one of the poets, please also include 5 pages of your poetry as a PDF. 

In your cover letter, we encourage you to explain your interest in The Poetry Brothel and your background as an artist and performer. If you have any experience working in the sex industry, please also feel safe to mention it here. 

The audition video should be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. Feel free to shoot the video on your iPhone; we don't need anything professionally produced. We simply want to get a sense of your personality, style, and voice while seeing a little bit of what you do. If you are a poet, perform a poem! If you are a dancer, we'd love to see a routine. If you are a singer, sing for us. If you read tarot, show us a sample reading.

Please apply by August 1st for the Fall season and by December 1st for the Winter/Spring season.

Moonlight with Us

So you've got a few old journals full of poetry from your moody and turbulent youth collecting dust on your bookshelf. You've got that incredible mask you bought four halloweens ago that you've been dying to don again for one more grand hurrah. And of course there's that itch to perform, for real, if only just one time, on a stage, in front of a room packed with strangers. We feel you, it's real. Perhaps it's time to put it all together and Moonlight with The Poetry Brothel. We're inviting our biggest fans and most devoted friends to spend a night working and performing as special guest Poetry Whore. For the low, low price of $250, we'll pair you with a mentor from our cast, who will show you the ropes, help you whip a few of those old sonnets into shape, and give you a night you'll never forget. For more information about Moonlighting with The Poetry Brothel, contact us below. Can't wait to share the stage with you, darlings!

Support Our Work


The Poetry Brothel is a production of The Poetry Society of New York, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Contributions in behalf of The Poetry Brothel may be made payable to "The Poetry Society of New York" and are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We really appreciate any and all contributions.

Checks should be made out to 'The Poetry Society of New York' and mailed to:

The Poetry Society of New York

732 4th Avenue, #1

Brooklyn, NY 11232

You can donate online by clicking on the button below. 


We also accept contributions of physical property such as:

  • jewelry

  • antiques

  • home furnishings

  • vehicles

  • musical instruments

  • costumes & props

  • poetry books

  • other literature

  • art supplies

Please email us at to elaborate upon your items and arrange for pickup or delivery. We will provide receipts for these donations upon request.

Sponsorship & Partnership

Each edition of The Poetry Brothel brings together a clientele of 100-200 of the our cities’ finest folks. Our events present an excellent opportunity for liquor, jewelry, art, lingerie, antique, book and magic sellers of all sorts to promote their wares. Please reach out to to begin the conversation.

Other Ideas

You can also support The Poetry Brothel by choosing The Poetry Society of New York, Inc. as your AmazonSmiles charity of choice, or you can hold a fundraiser for the society on Facebook on your birthday! For other ideas, click here.