For its Parisian event, The Poetry Brothel is looking for a batch of poetry whores: male and female, emerging and established, local and international. Are you a poet? Do you enjoy reading poetry in your bedroom at home? Have you ever put on a costume and changed your name? Would you like a glass of absinthe right now?! If so, please send five poems (no longer than two pages each), your professional bio, a Poetry Brothel ”character” bio (thepoetrybrothel.com/meet.html), and a photo of yourself to The Madame at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be soon announcing the date and venue but we can say already that the Paris Poetry Brothel will occur during the weekend that goes from November 14th to 16th. You’ll be paid by the clients for private readings that you give. Perks include free booze for those of drinking age and professional photography sessions. Serious inquiries only.
About The Poetry Brothel:
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. Based in concept on the fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel’s “Madame” presents a rotating cast of poets as “whores,” 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 the “poetry whores” are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true brothel need a good cover; The Poetry Brothel’s is an immersive cabaret, offering a full bar, live jazz, burlesque dancers, painters, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event. 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. Past guest readers have included Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, Jerome Rothenberg, Dorianne Laux, Dorothea Lasky and Ariana Reines, among dozens of others.