The holiday poets society

The holiday poet’s society was funded in 2022 by Ari Ban, Claire Lefèvre and Kenneth Constance Loe. It is a series of intimate gatherings organised around the reading of poems in English and German. Taking place during holidays and special dates, our readings intend to approach poetry without stiffness. They are an invitation to come together and practice listening, celebrating in community and share written texts in a nurturing environment. The holiday poet’s society centres Queer experiences and creates a caring space where those stories can land, resonate and be heard in their complexities. We are hopeless romantics, word sluts, poetry nerds. Each in our own styles and language, we share texts that are in progress or have been finished for years, texts that are humorous, heartbroken, horny or all of these at once.

Our first event took place in Lazy Life Café for Valentine´s day 2022. It was followed by a Summer Special at Prolet’air Studios in August 2022. in Summer 2023, we took part of Kultursommer. Each time, we followed the same structure: We start by sharing our texts and then we invite audience members to share their own poems if they feel like it. It is a proposition, never an obligation. Friends, friends of friends and their lovers are welcome to join, listen and let our words echo gently within their ears.