Dear Poets:

Temple’s M.F.A. program is located in the poetically lively city of Philadelphia and features two faculty members with a particular interest in the tradition of innovation, Jena Osman and Brian Teare. Our two-year course of study combines creative and critical practices: students take a mix of writing workshops and literature seminars whose emphases on literary-historical traditions as well as innovative practices fuel students’ thesis projects. Augmented by one-on-one mentoring and thesis advising in the second year, the coursework provides a rich and challenging curriculum for any serious student of poetry.

Designed to dovetail with classroom studies, the program’s Poets and Writers reading series brings four poets to campus a year, including one who is in residence for several days in order to work with the students individually. Additionally, the annual DuPlessis Lecture in Poetry and Poetics brings a poet-critic to campus to speak about the intersection of critical and creative practices. Our program also draws on the resources of neighboring institutions, particularly the University of Pennsylvania and the Kelly Writers House, in addition to the vibrancy of Philadelphia’s many independent poetry communities.

Temple has several financial aid packages available to eligible candidates, including University fellowships that provide full tuition and a stipend, as well as teaching assistantships, which also cover full tuition, health benefits, and a stipend. Students on TAships teach in Temple’s first-year writing program, and may also choose to teach creative writing workshops in their final semester.

Our application deadline is December 15. Please refer to the admission and application information on this website.

We encourage potential applicants to contact us if they are interested in what Temple’s poetry program has to offer. Feel free to email us at and

Many thanks,
Jena Osman & Brian Teare