The Poetry Brothel is an immersive literary cabaret that fuses poetry, burlesque, live music, vaudeville, visual art, magic, mysticism, and, if that’s not enough, private one-on-one poetry experiences to provide guests with one-of-a-kind experience. The next Poetry Brothel event will take place at the Lower East Side speakeasy The Back Room and will have a New Orleans theme. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend The Big Easy for free! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special New York City events all year long! Free general admission tickets will also be available to Untapped Cities Insiders for the Poetry Brothel’s 4th Annual Office Holiday Party at House of Yes on December 2nd.

DATE: Thursday, November 15th 6:00PM–10:00PM. Doors open at 6:00PM and the show runs from 7:00PM to 9:00PM

PRICE: FREE General Admission for Untapped Cities Insiders! ($50 for the general public)

CAPACITY: 10 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis. This event is 21+ only. Seating allocated on a first come, first served basis. Guest are encouraged to mingle. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required.


Photograph by John Suhar Courtesy of The Poetry Brothel

The Big Easy Poetry Brothel event will include burlesque by Venatrix, Minx Arcana and Cassandra Rosebeetle, music by house band Joanna Sternberg & The Big Easy Band, palm readings and jewelry by Holy Crow, tarot readings by Rebecca Fey, reiki by The Erotic Esoteric, body painting by Liz Belomlinsky, magic by Daniel Taylor, and sketchy sketches by Too Loose. The festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink.

Photograph by John Suhar Courtesy of The Poetry Brothel

Inspired by the turn- of-the-century brothels in New Orleans, Paris, and Buenos Aires, where marginalized, fringe, and avant-garde artists could experiment and perform their work, The Poetry Brothel takes poetry out of the classroom and into the lush interiors of a bordello. This unique experience was co-created by Stephanie Berger, a poet, artist, producer, and entrepreneur who is also the CEO of The Poetry Society of New York and co-creator of The New York City Poetry Festival, and The Typewriter Project. At each Poetry Brothel 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 the event.