For me, among the best places for a poetry reading have always been art museums or galleries. For example, recently I did a juried reading with other poets and a book signing at the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. It was sponsored by Poets & Patrons of Chicago.
The reason I think that art museums are a great place for a poetry reading is that you are reaching an audience that is discriminating. Art museums tend to attract an elevated crowd who appreciate culture and who buy books. It is a targeted audience. Often, artists themselves write poetry.
Most of us don’t have an inordinate amount of time to do appearances and to publicize our work. So we must be wise in making appearances at locations that will attract a decent, targeted group of people who are interested in what we are doing.
As an author, always seek a location with a targeted audience in planning an event. Seek an appreciative crowd that will come up to talk to you after the event and buy your book for you to sign.
Whether you like it or not, publicity is key to your success as an author. Publicity snowballs, so often a member of the audience is a valuable contact who will invite you to speak or read at an event he/she is connected with.
In other words, thinking creatively is not limited to written pieces that you do. It involves using your imagination to come up with appearances for you to meet your readers and followers.
And, museums will inspire you to write. Go there in advance of your reading and look at the art. You may even decide to write a poem about an art piece. Inspiration is everywhere, and the imagery associated with artistic works is especially inspiring. Remember, too, that in networking with artists, you may make friends that you can do collaborative pieces with.
Best of luck in all that you do!
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.