Due to escalating rents making it impossible for poor and working class poets to move to the city and write, CAConrad will open the Philadelphia Poetry Hotel. The idea is to acquire several buildings in the downtown area and provide affordable apartments for poets with low incomes.

There will also be rooms available for visiting poets, as well as performance reading space, and basement printing presses for all local poets to use. HEY, we may even open up the Philadelphia Poetry Hotel Laundromat next door with an Emily Dickinson spin cycle! This landmark project will help make Philadelphia a community of artists once again, allowing art to flourish despite economic barriers.

To help fund this project in 2014, please contact CAConrad at 267.581.4229, or e-mail him at

"The only thing one can give an artist is leisure in which to work. To give an artist leisure is actually to take part in his creation."
-Ezra Pound