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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. It is a concept based in concept on the fin-de-siècle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel's "Madame" or "Monsieur" presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully constructed character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one poetry readings in back rooms. For a small fee, all of these poets of easy virtue are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true brothel needs a good cover; The Poetry Brothel's is an immersive cabaret, offering a full bar, live music, burlesque dancers, painters, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event.

Poets performing at the Brothel are male and female and everything in between, emerging and established, local and international, and they engage audiences in an immersive experience that flows seamlessly through the Brothel's public spaces into its private poetry readings. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience function as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and audience can be themselves in private. Through the vehicle of the private reading, The Poetry Brothel offers access to a part of the artistic process that was previously restricted to individuals in already intimate relationships.

From The Observer:
The Poetry Brothel is the brainchild of Stephanie Berger, who was struck with the idea while writing her thesis on New Orleans sex workers at the New School.
“Poetry and prostitution are two of the oldest professions in the world and, in my opinion, were always destined to be bedfellows,” she told the Observer. “Both poetry and sex feed the human need for intimacy, fantasy, desire, violence, and freedom.”
Once Ms. Berger chose to pursue her concept, Nicholas Adamski jumped onboard. He too believed that poetry deserved a niche outside of subpar classrooms and tedious readings."
Now, the Poetry Brothel has become a phenomenon around the world. 

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