The Typewriter Project

The Subconscious of the City

Readings & Lecture Topics

  • The Typewriter Project On the Road
  • The Poetic Subconscious
  • Collaborative Writing As Public Art
  • Why Type On A Typewriter?
  • An Evening with Nick Adamski & Stephanie Berger


“From a distance, the narrow wooden booth resembles a confessional.” – The New York Times

The Typewriter Project is a series of rustic wooden writing studios for one. Each studio is outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. Passersby are invited to sit down and contribute to this collaborative poetry experiment as if it were an “exquisite corpse.” Each entry can be its own distinct lyric, but users are encouraged to read what was written before them on the scroll and be influenced by it.

By creating a new and unique form of public dialogue, The Typewriter Project hopes to discover, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word.

The Typewriter Project is an incredible pedagogical tool for bringing to life the concepts and questions of surrealism, collaborative writing, authorship, postmodern literary theory, and literature as public art. The project also presents wonderful cross-disciplinary teaching opportunities for English, Arts, Design, Communications, and Theater departments.

Creators Nicholas Adamski and Stephanie Berger of The Poetry Society of New York are available to travel with the booth to set it up, to give lectures, and to teach and inspire students in the classroom.

The Typewriter Project is a series of rustic wooden writing studios for one. Each studio is outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. Passersby are invited to sit down and contribute to this collaborative poetry experiment as if it were an “exquisite corpse.” The Typewriter Project is an incredible pedagogical tool for bringing to life the concepts and questions of surrealism, collaborative writing, authorship, postmodern literary theory, and literature as public art. The project also presents wonderful cross-disciplinary teaching opportunities for English, Arts, Design, Communications, and Theater departments.