The Bridge was born out of a belief that we need a better community for poets. From the beginning, our mission at Brooklyn Poets has been not just to build community at home but everywhere, and for that we felt we needed something that did not yet exist: a poetry network where student and mentor poets could connect.

We see two main groups of poets in need. One, students looking for mentors to critique their work, but without the time or money to invest in a workshop or writing program. Two, poets with publishing and teaching credentials struggling to find—or keep—teaching jobs.

Our hope is that the Bridge connects these two groups. Simple as that.