The Poetry Brothel is an immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside of books, classrooms and lecture halls, and makes it experiential by placing it in the tantalizing interiors of a whorehouse. It is conceptually based on the fin-de-siècle 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 recitals, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one readings in séparées. For a small fee, the "poetry whores" are available for these sequestered intimate performances throughout the event. The Poetry Brothel is a cabaret that tickles all the senses, offering a highly-detailed, immersive environment, a full bar, music, burlesque dancers and other on-stage acts, painters and fortune tellers, all responding to each event's unique theme.