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On July 23, 2014, we presented our 12th annual show, Closed: NYC Shuts Its Doors To Artists, at Theatre 80 on St. Marks Place. Poets showcased new works about how New York City is no longer a haven for poets, musicians, visual artists, and performing artists. Skyrocketing rents, the closing of beloved spaces, and the changing culture of the city are pushing artists out of New York. Poets included Tara Bracco, Andy Emeritz, Vaimoana Niumeitolu, Scottt Raven, Shetal Shah, Pamela Sneed, and Justin Woo. For 12 years, Poetic People Power has creatively explored social and political topics.

Poetic People Power is an ongoing project that combines poetry and social change. We present informative and engaging poetry shows about important issues that affect our everyday lives. In addition to our annual shows, we also bring our work to schools, festivals, and perform at non-profit fundraisers.

Here's what the press is saying:

“Exciting, engaging, and inspirational.” - The Huffington Post

“A love song to a bygone New York City.” - The Epoch Times

Here's what audience members have said:

“Moving and inspiring.”

“It moved me to tears.”

“Poetic People are a powerhouse.”

“A very New York City experience.”

“So good. Presented intelligently.”

“A powerful and moving experience.”

“10 years, many venues, many poems, a trip through time.”

“Great show. Very inspiring. I wish there was more.”

“I loved it. Awesome set.”

“Wonderful experience.”

“All of the thoughtful, intelligent, creative and inspiring pieces made for an amazing show.”

“I hope you continue to produce these events, and that I am always able to attend because they change me every year.”

“I was totally influenced by it. My water habits have changed since then.”

“The show brings people into the personal experience of the water crisis instead of just saying here’s the facts. It affects people more deeply.”

“I was really inspired by this evening. Tara is a great producer, moderator, and poet!”

“A professional, inspiring, joyful event. Tara is the master of bringing art and political commentary together.”

“I loved it. So many inspired voices.”

“Amazing Poetic People Power show tonight, produced by the awesome Tara Bracco. I felt lucky to be in attendance.”

“Thank you and the artists for coming out to our campus and taking part in our Earthstock week. Everyone loved all the artists and their poems.”

“It seemed to me that the best of the best were in that room to be heard and recognized as a new generation of poets.”

“This is a beautifully organized event and an amazing concept.”

“Tara has a knack for choosing poets that make you feel like going out and changing the world.”