Talk Series: Rachel Zolf – The Tolerance Project: A Collaborative MFA


Rachel Zolf is working with 84 writers and artists on what could be the first collaborative MFA ever. Reactions to this conceptual writing project have ranged from lauding it as a long overdue Institutional Critique to deriding it as an arrogant violation of the MFA workshop’s privacy and sanctity. Zolf will talk about the origins of the project and its

challenges, describe how the collaborative poems emerge each week, and reveal some of the traces of poetic DNA collected in The Tolerance Project Archive.

Rachel Zolf’s fourth full-length book of poetry, Neighbour Procedure, was recently released by Coach House Books. The Tolerance Project lives at