The Poetry Brothel: Fallen Leaves

/ Sep

The Poetry Brothel: Fallen Leaves

Front Room
07:30 pm

$10.00 | 18+ | 7:30 Doors

Our Mission:

The Kingston Poetry Brothel, formed in 2012, looks to subvert and supplant the traditional brothel model– an imbalanced system that casts women and girls as limited commodities. We suggest that what carries value, what is worth buying, is the product of human intellect and creativity—in this case, poetry. We propose a redefinition of intimacy, with brothel members offering private readings to patrons. Brothel events are celebratory, with music and dance interludes, part performance and part private reading. We revel in the desirability of the intellectual, and the link between poetry and person-hood, word and worth. In 2013, the Poetry Brothel of Kingston established ties to Children of Tomorrow, an international organization that rescues young victims of human trafficking. Children of Tomorrow provides access to educational and vocational resources, and offers the possibility for self-expression through the writing and study of poetry. In 2014, we also established ties with the Blue Butterfly Foundation, a smaller organization with a similar mission, under the guidance of Lauren Yanks. Part of our event proceeds supports the rescue and educational efforts of the Blue Butterfly Foundation, teaching previously trafficked and devalued girls that their voices are indeed valuable.


The “Poetry Brothel,” a uniquely immersive poetry experience that takes poetry outside classrooms and reinvents the brothel model by replacing the traditional “wares” with words, presents a bi-annual evening of performance poetry supported by music, dance, and art with attitude.

Conceived by the Poetry Society of New York, The Poetry Brothel has been successful in NYC, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other cities. It presents poets as high courtesans who impart their work in performance-based readings, but most distinctly, private poetry readings on premises. In this brothel of course, the goods are poetic and intellectual, not carnal – and these goods can be had for a small fee. For $3, an audience member can select a poet for a 3 minute private reading. For many, this intensified experience of poetry is quite personal, meaningful, and memorable.

Central to this experience is the creation of character, which– for poet and audience– functions as both disguise and freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression.

In addition to this roving band of costumed poets, a variety of dancers, musicians, and various roustabouts help create the celebratory atmosphere and enrich the evening’s experience.

Tickets to the Poetry Brothel events cost $10 and are available at the door. Tokens for private readings (available throughout the evening) are $3. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Blue Butterfly Foundation, supporting rescue and educational efforts for victims of human trafficking in Nepal, and allowing young women to be valued for their voices.