The Poetry Brothel, a unique and immersive poetry experience, takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents poets as high courtesans 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. The Poetry Brothel also explores and responds to the tendency of poets to undervalue themselves inside the creative marketplace by providing a seductive and intimate means of confirming for writers and audience alike the literal monetary value of such work. The Poetry Brothel is produced by The Poetry Society of New York, LLC, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.
Alexandra Burguieres is a writer, linguist, and artist with a passion for the great outdoors. She recently completed a nonfiction manuscript—chronicling the effect of media on young adults' conversations—and is currently working on a novel.
Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonpost.com, National Geographic Traveler Online, The Gazette, Etude Literary Magazine, and others.
Her artwork and photography have featured in Washingtonpost.com, National Geographic Traveler's Blog: Intelligent Travel, The Oregon Voice, The Adirondack Review. Solo exhibitions have been held in Aix-en-Provence, France; London, England; Belfast, Ireland; & many U.S. cities.
Mara Buck writes and paints in the Maine woods. Her novel Highway To Oblivion is a Short-Listed Finalist for The Faulkner-Wisdom Competition and her poem Charmeuse has won second in the Carpe Articulum Literary Review 2010 Poetry Competition and is published in the Autumn edition. Other poems may be seen in the anthology Vwa: Poems For Haiti, in Caper Journal, and on the website Poets For Living Waters. She is the creator of the gallery-sized installation “A Year In Oblivion.” She was awarded a solo artist exhibition of her paintings by the government of the Yucatan, and her artwork appears in public and private collections throughout North America. More of her writing, videos: and art/poetry/video for the World Trade Center Memorial.