The Brooklyn Poets Mentorship Program provides developing writers with twelve months of immersive training in becoming a poet under the sustained guidance of a mentor. Within the comfort of a small cohort, the twelve students selected for the program will embark on a curriculum of intensive study over the course of 2022—conducted completely online—leading to a certificate of training. This will include a series of core workshops and craft labs with veteran Brooklyn Poets teacher and 2018–20 Stegner Fellow Jay Deshpande, as well as elective workshops and craft labs with other Brooklyn Poets teachers and guest speakers. Through this course of study, students will

  • generate, workshop, revise and edit new work
  • develop a manuscript of poems
  • strengthen their literacy in contemporary poetry and multiple literary traditions
  • deepen and broaden their sense of craft by working with multiple teachers
  • build creative support networks with their peers through workshops and reading groups
  • learn about pathways to publication and other professional opportunities and how best to advocate for their work.

Most importantly, students will develop their individual voices in focused, one-on-one mentorship sessions with Deshpande throughout the year. For more information about the mentorship program, including cost and a program calendar, visit the Brooklyn Poets website.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and must not already be enrolled in a degree program with access to creative writing instruction. Applicants also must not have previously published (or had accepted for publication) a book of poems.

To apply for admission to the 2022 Mentorship Program class, please submit:

  • a cover letter describing your writing background, why you're interested in the program and, more specifically, how you conceive of what it means to be a poet. If you need financial aid, also include any relevant information about your financial situation that will help us in determining an appropriate award amount. (250–350 words)
  • 7–10 pages of poems (published or unpublished)
  • documentation of financial need (if applying for aid)

Applications are due Sunday, November 21, 2021 (11:59 PM US Eastern time). We strongly encourage writers of color, LGBTQ+ writers, writers with disabilities, women writers and writers from other underserved communities to apply. Decisions will be announced by December 12.

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