Milk Press seeks poetry and visual art that steeps itself in identity, performance, social critique, cultural contemplation, body politics, empathy, and everything within and beyond. Underrepresented voices and emerging artists are in particular encouraged to apply. We believe strongly in diversity and inclusion and strive to ensure that our authors and artists represent the variety of cultures, backgrounds, and unique viewpoints that shape our world.

Milk features one poem and one piece of visual art per week on Spilt Milk, our press' blog. There is no limit to form, content or length. 

Bios are boring. Write us your missing person's ad. 

Milk Press seeks poetry and visual art that steeps itself in identity, performance, social critique, cultural contemplation, body politics, empathy, and everything within and beyond. Underrepresented voices are in particular encouraged to apply. We believe strongly in diversity and inclusion and strive to ensure that our authors and artists represent the variety of cultures, backgrounds, and unique viewpoints that shape our world.

We focus on publishing work by emerging artists. If you have already published a book of poetry or visual art, we encourage you to submit elsewhere. We exclusively publish collaborative books of poetry and visual art. That said, you may submit your individual collection, and if we love it, we’ll work with you to find an artist or poet whose work pairs well with yours. Please note that we publish full-length poetry collections.

Please ditch the bio; we read all submissions blindly. To that end, please do not include any identifying information in your manuscript. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as possible if your book is accepted elsewhere. We take pride in paying royalties to all our authors and artists. 

Thank you for your interest in applying to become a cast member of The Poetry Brothel. Artists from underrepresented communities are in particular encouraged to apply.

In your application, you will need to include your professional name; a cover letter; the city where you reside, a link to your website, portfolio, or Instagram page; your character name & bio (this need not contain any factual or professional information); at least one headshot or other photo of yourself; and an audition video. If you are applying to be one of the poets, please also include 5 pages of your poetry as a PDF. 

In your cover letter, we encourage you to explain your interest in The Poetry Brothel and your background as an artist and performer. If you have any experience working in the sex industry, please also feel safe to mention it here. 

The audition video should be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. Feel free to shoot the video on your iPhone; we don't need anything professionally produced. We simply want to get a sense of your personality, style, and voice while seeing a little bit of what you do. If you are a poet, perform a poem! If you are a dancer, we'd love to see a routine. If you are a singer, sing for us. If you read tarot, show us a sample reading.

Good luck, and we look forward to exploring your work!

The Poetry Society of New York