The Poetry Society of New York presents
The Poetry Brothel: New Orleans Launch!
Thursday, March 15th, 8pm-1am
The Allways Lounge
2240 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA
The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry experience that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents poets as “whores” who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on couches, chaise lounges and in private rooms. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience functions as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and clients can be themselves in private. For a small fee, all of the “poetry whores” are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true brothel need a good cover; ours is part saloon and part salon, offering a full bar, musicians, burlesque dancers, painters, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event.
Please join us, Thursday, March 15th as our cast of Poetry Whores slips into the dark corners of The Allways Lounge with paying Johns to offer up a glimpse into the secrets of the poetic soul. Local poetry whores include Kelly Gartman as Odessa Harte, Ona Tzar as Nia, Zach Matteson as Sugar Le Fe, Lauren Marie Cappello as Olive, and Janine Julia Jankovitz as Joie de Femme. Visiting from New York will be veteran poetry whores Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein as Elka, Rachel Herman-Gross as Simone, Nicholas Adamski as Tennessee Pink, and of course, Stephanie Berger as The Madame. In addition we’ll feature Moxie Sazerac on Burlesque, Lady Hourglass with an experimental performance, and tarot and palm readings from Sugar Le Fe. LadyBabyMiss and the Tigermen will be the house band for the evening. You’re going to want to join us. We’ll all fall in love.
The Poetry Brothel’s New Orleans branch will be handed off to a new madam and its local cast after this launch event. If you are a poet yourself, please email us if you’d like to join the cast. Or, come and engage in a “friendly little competition” on March 15th. Submit a poem by 11pm, and we will select our favorite of the bundle. The winner will be invited to read his or her poem for the crowd at exactly Midnight and will have the opportunity to join the cast of The Poetry Brothel: New Orleans! Don’t be shy, loves. Join us in all your lyrical decadence!