THE OPEN COLLECTIVE is a (free) mentorship program for LGBT poets in New England between the ages of 18 and 28 who have not received a college degree nor are currently enrolled as matriculated full-time students at a university or college, yet have an aptitude for poetry. Please note: applicants need to be open to constructive criticism for the purpose of revision, and consequently becoming a better writer and reader of poetry. If you fit this criteria and are interested, application instructions are provided below.

Monthly phone, Skype, or in-person meetings for the purposes of workshopping submitted poems (up to three one-page poems or one long poem per month) and discussing poems by established poets. Mentees will need to be open to revision.

Each six month period (July 1 and January 1) there will be the opportunity for the  mentee and mentor to review their arrangement and determine to either: continue (for another six months) or for the mentee to be reassigned to another mentor (if one is available).


THE OPEN COLLECTIVE organizer, KEVIN MCLELLAN has taught poetry workshops at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the University of Rhode Island, and out of his home. He is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems appear in numerous literary journals including Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, and Witness. Also, with Laura Knott, he co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced a short experimental film titled, Exordium. Kevin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and you can find out more about him here:



ROSANN KOZLOWSKI is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant in Poetry.  Her work is published in numerous journals including Spoon River Poetry Review, Salamander, Connecticut Review, and MidWest Quarterly. She writes poetry, plays, and essays, and is writing a memoir/biography of her grandmother. She has worked as a chemist, a middle school teacher, and college professor, and currently works as a freelance writer and  owns a small yoga studio, Pure Elements Yoga.




Simone John is a poet, educator, and facilitator based in Boston, MA. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College with an emphasis on documentary poetics. Her poetry has appeared or been reviewed in Wildness, The Boston Globe, Public Pool, PBS Newshour, Bustle, and elsewhere. Her debut full-length collection Testify, was published by Octopus Books in 2017. Simone is the Associate Director of Organizational Equity Practice at Trinity Boston Foundation. She is also the Chief Creative Officer of Hive Soul Yoga, a community wellness business. Find her online at and on twitter @simoneivory.

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APPLICATION: email the required items to: theopencollectiveNE (at) gmail (dot) com

Part 1: identity
In the body of the email please answer the following questions: 1) What is your full name (and if you prefer to be called by another name what is that name)? 2) How do you identify (gender)? 3) What is your race/ethnicity? 4) What is your month and year of birth (not day)? 5) What is your current address?  6) Were you ever enrolled in college?  If so, when and where?

Part 2: essay (no more than 250 words) 
In the body of the email please respond to the following question, “What do you hope to accomplish within the writing of a poem?”

Part 3: poems
Attach a .pdf that includes up to ten pages of poetry (one poem per page) and please use a common 12-point font.


applications open: 9/1/2019
applications close: 11/1/2019 12/1/2019 (extended!)
notifications: 12/15/2019 (approximately)
program starts: 1/1/2020