History: The Poetry Table seeks to unite poets of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities and linguistic backgrounds around a table of food, wine and friendship. By opening her home to the public every Tuesday evening, New York poet and founder Rosalind Resnick is creating a 21st Century "poetry salon" that encourages new and established poets to break bread, write poetry and build lifelong bonds of fellowship.
Who we are: The Poetry Table is open to anyone who wishes to use poetry to express his/her thoughts, feelings and ideas, from college students to retirees, from painters to bankers. This is not a poetry class, workshop or "spoken word" event. Our mission is not to critique our members' poetry but to provide a warm and supportive environment in which they can create it. Ultimately, we hope to encourage poets around the world to start their own Poetry Tables so that, whether you're in Paris, Tokyo or Istanbul, there will always be a room full of fun, food and poetry to welcome you.
What we do: Each meeting lasts two hours and offers each poet a chance to read aloud a poem that he/she has written and to receive feedback from our members. The highlight of the meeting is a 30-minute session in which each poet writes a fresh, original poem on the spot. At the end of the meeting, members read their newly written poems aloud. They also have the option to publish their poems on our website at http://www.thepoetrytable.com.