The Poetry Brothel

New York City's Poetry Brothel Combines Literature With Burlesque For A Whole Different Kind Of Literary Event

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"If the word "poetry" makes you think of sleepy high school English classes, dusty lecture halls, or incomprehensible Instagram posts, then you should meet the Poetry Whores of New York City. For an entire decade, the Poetry Brothel has been been giving an immersive, literary spin to the world's oldest profession."

The Poetry Brothel Has Spawned a New Art Form

The Poetry Brothel Has Spawned a New Art Form

I choose her for two reasons: her poems and her accent. I think I detect an Australian inflection in the way she omits certain consonants and, like many Southern Hemisphere transplants, my friend and I both get homesick whenever it gets cold in New York...

National Poetry Month: NYC Literary Events, Open Mics And More

National Poetry Month: NYC Literary Events, Open Mics And More

Featuring a rotating cast of poets, The Poetry Brothel seeks to remove poetry from the stuffy confines of the classroom. In honor of National Poetry Month, the performance troupe will spend the evening at The Strand, the city’s largest independent bookstore...

Above & Beyond – The Poetry Brothel

Above & Beyond – The Poetry Brothel

"Guests at this temple of literary deviance are treated to readings enlivened by the aura of burlesque. A rotating cast of male and female poets perform as bordello troubadours, erupting into verse in public and luring guests into back rooms for private readings that may be overheard by voyeurs lurking just around the corner..."

A Look at New York’s Poetry Brothel

A Look at New York’s Poetry Brothel

Tucked inside an alleyway, down one set of steps and up another, a salon exudes the easy sex appeal that could only manifest in a Prohibition speakeasy. Madonna with the Long Neck sits on a nail. Lipstick red covers the wall and floor. A sparkling chandelier lights up the night...