At the New York City Poetry Brothel, patrons pay for one-on-one readings with scantily-clad bards over cocktails and candlelight. This short documentary follows the self-proclaimed “poetry whores” through one of their writing workshops, as they attempt to make the traditionally stodgy art form alluring and personal.

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Teresa Mahoney will be joining Mint, based in New Delhi, India this fall as a video producer and will help train reporters in visual storytelling. Follow her on Twitter @TeresaMahoney

Carmel DeAmicis is a contract reporter based in San Francisco covering startups in Silicon Valley for PandoDaily. Follow her on Twitter @carmeldea.