- $24 for general admission (up to $32.49 value)
The Poetry Brothel’s Available Performances
- The Odyssey (September 27 at 8 p.m.)—Song, dance, gods, and goddesses combine with togas and the hymns of house band Sarah King and the Smoke Rings for a night that incorporates everything between Mount Olympus and Hades. Expect burlesque, magic, and a poetry performance by Jennifer Michael Hecht.
- 8th Annual Masquerade (October 25 at 8 p.m.)—Masks and costumes open the very doors of time itself, letting guests of Venice mix with those of ancient Versailles in a shimmering dance party. Highlights include Arielle Greenberg and The Hot Club of Flatbush.
- Duende (November 22 at 8 p.m.)—Matadors and Spanish dance take center stage in the November Brothel event. Flamenco artists Talisman and Xianix melt floorboards and guitar strings while readings from Nick Flynn and Patricia Spears Jones stir hearts.
The Poetry Society of New York
Layers upon layers of press clippings—three from the New York Times, others from Ploughshares and Time Out—cling to The Poetry Society of New York, whose diverse projects and events in the name of poetic excellence can't help but attract attention. After all, this is the organization behind the New York City Poetry Festival, whose poets and poetry fans gather annually on Governor's Island to cite verse, hone imaginations, and pole-vault using nothing but giant quill pens.
The Poetry Society of New York also pilots Brothel Books, a small publisher aiming to "[b]ring orange groves to New York City" by printing epic, affecting work. The society's other programs include an ongoing reading series that's hosted poets well-known and obscure since 1978, an immersive theatrical experience called The Poetry Brothel, and a video literary journal. It's all in support of the organization's mission statement, whose three-item list of goals concludes with a simple promise: "to never bore you."