The New York City Poetry Festival takes great pride in its arts program, which has featured nearly 200 visual, installation, and performances artists over the years. By reaching outside the established poetry communities, The Poetry Society of New York hopes to create new audiences for poetry and facilitate collaborations between poets and other artists.

**Submissions for art installations are now closed and will reopen for the 9th annual NYC Poetry Festival in February 2019** 

The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which invite passersby to join in a citywide collaborative poem that exists in both the analog and digital realms.

These typewriter booths are each outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter™ kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. The project is largely inspired by the idea of an Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist writing game in which several authors contribute to one poem. Obviously each entry in The Typewriter Project can be its own distinct lyric, but we hope that users will also be influenced by what was written before them on the scroll. By creating a new and unique form of public dialogue, this project hopes to capture something of the sound, narrative, and nuance of specific corners of our cities. The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of the city while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word. Read the latest entries from The Typewriter Project at


The Poetry Brothel is an immersive literary cabaret. Inspired by the turn- of-the-century brothels in New Orleans, Paris, and Buenos Aires, many of which functioned as safe spaces where fringe and avant-garde artists could experiment and perform their work, The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one poetry readings.

At the New York City Poetry Festival, The Poetry Brothel is taking over the monument dedicated to Governors Island's founding, located on Colonel's Row, and turning it into their stage for the day. The Poetry Brothel poets will perform publicly at 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm each day. Enjoy poetry, live jazz, vaudeville, mysticism, and more in between, hosted by the one and only Mister Charley. 

Featured poets include:

Saturday: Allison Sylvia, Amy Palen, Anna Winham, Bernadette McComish, Brandi Bishop, Catherine Chen, Cierra Martin, Diana Goetsch, Emi Bergquist, Jane LeCroy, Kat Valdeth, Keighley Baron, and Kendalle Aubra. 

Sunday: Allison Sylvia, Amy Palen, Bernadette McComish, Brandi Bishop, Catherine Chen, Cierra Martin, Diana Goetsch, Emi Bergquist, Emily Chauvin, Jane LeCroy, Kat Valdeth, Keighley Baron, Kendalle Aubra, and Vesta Vaingloria. 

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Homespun Merry-Go-Round

This quote from Vice pretty much sums it up:

"...a nice man named Al Gori... about 20 years ago, made a merry-go-round from scratch as an art school project. He used car parts, old motors, stuffed animals, gadgets, gizmos, and various knick-knackery, and over years of tinkering, created the most charming and unique little jungle-themed solar-powered merry-go-round that ever was. It is, in fact, a merry-go-round with soul." 


The Dysfunctional Theater Company 

Founded in 1997, The Dysfunctional Theatre Company is a collective dedicated to producing ensemble works that challenge the status quo without taking themselves too seriously. The company officially incorporated in 1998, achieved non-profit status in 1999, and has produced over 30 shows in its history, many of them original works.

Dysfunctional Collective

If you happen to notice Prospero, a Baccae, or Edna St. Vincent Millay wandering the festival grounds, performing at the Open Mic, or simply enjoying a beer in the beer garden, no you are not tripping, darlings. The Dysfunctional Collective actors are taking the festival grounds by storm. Catch them if you're lucky. 

The Dysfunctional Swingers

The Dysfunctional Swingers consists of Emily Edwards and Brendan McGlynn, two NYC based dancers from different genres of dance backgrounds who found their common ground in swing dance. This is their 4th summer as residents of the Dysfunctional Collective out on Governors Island. They have performed all over NYC including the Slipper Room, 13th St Rep, Cherry Lane Theatre, and more. Their work focuses on story-telling, partnering, and humor through dance. Join them for a one-of-a-kind workshop.

It Don't Mean A Thang, If It Ain't Got That Slang

Sunday, July 29th, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Join the Dysfunctional Swingers for a one-hour interactive workshop exploring the playful relationship between jive talk and jive dance. Dancers and non-dancers welcome. Find them on The Poetry Brothel stage. 


Poetry + Emojis = Poemoji! Who says you need words to express yourself poetically? Pair up with a translator, choose from fifty avant-garde prompts and craft short-form poetry with this all-ages card game. 

Between Two Trees

As part of the New York City Poetry Festival, visual artist Michael Krasowitz will create unique artworks inspired by the festival's dynamic and pastoral setting. He will ask the poets in attendance to collaborate with him, creating their reactions to the pieces he spontaneously creates.  The final pieces will be displayed on a clothesline hung between two trees. Michael encourages poets to come to his space to participate in the creation of these unique works.