The Philadelphia Poetry Collaboration is focused on education, opportunity, and collaborating with the other amazing arts organizations in Philadelphia.


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Program Director: Steven Kleinman

Steven Kleinman’s work has appeared in Devil’s Lake, The Collagist, and Horsethief. He has received many work-study scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He teaches at Drexel University and the Community College of Philadelphia and is the assistant editor at Saturnalia Books.


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KirwynMedia Director: Kirwyn Sutherland

Kirwyn Sutherland most recently published the chapbook, X: A Mixtape Re-mastered. He has featured at several slam venues in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, DC, and Detroit. He was one of 5 poets to represent Philadelphia at the 2015 National Poetry Slam.


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Creative Director: Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake’s first book, Mr. West, about Kanye West, was published in 2015 by Wesleyan. Her chapbook, Named After Death, is forthcoming with an accompanying workbook. Berfrois published her epic poem, The Starship, in illustrated installments last year.



Past classes include Text and Context: A Poetry Workshop with Emilia Phillips in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

MFA Prep Lab

Prep Lab at the Collab

Are you considering applying to MFA programs in poetry this fall? Would you like another pair of eyes on your 10 page writing sample and statement of purpose? Our MFA Prep Lab at the Collab will follow an online schedule. Poems will be reviewed by Steven Kleinman and statements will be reviewed by Sarah Blake. Cost: $75/writing sample and $25/statement of purpose.

This class will have rolling admissions through the fall. Please use the Contact form to tell us a little bit about yourself and your poetry, if you are interested in this class.




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