Twelve teenagers seeking rhythm and self-expression! Ages 13-18.


A FREE 8-week summer poetry workshop for teens, offering a fun, welcoming space for individual creative expression. Workshop culminates in a celebratory slam poetry night on July 27th! Program coordinated by spoken word artist Christian Collier.


Monday Evenings:  June 3 - July 22 

6-7 PM


The Arts Building

Second Floor

301 E. 11th Street

Chattanooga, TN 37403

© Nikki Vickers

Apply by May 26!

Perhaps the best way to describe him is by what he doesn’t do. Christian is a modern renaissance man (poet, musician, educator, event host, etc.) who has been called a street beatnik, the spoken-word rockstar, and an artist to watch among other (mostly positive) things. Regardless of the medium though, Christian’s objective is the same: to genuinely impact and connect with each audience he’s in front of. It is this mission statement that has motivated him to keep pushing himself to delve deeper as an artist, performer, and person.


Christian J. Collier is a 2015 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow.  This program is made possible by a major grant from the Surdna Foundation and by the generous support of Loft members. He is an accomplished artist, public speaker, and educator who has shared the stage with several members of HBO’s Def Poetry cast, legendary poet and activist Ishmael Reed, Grammy-nominated artist Minton Sparks, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members The Impressions, etc. Mr. Collier has also given a TED Talk and repeatedly been featured on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel, which prides itself on featuring the best spoken word artists working today. Some of his works have been featured on The Guardian, and published in such publications as The Seven Hills Review, Dirty Chai, Voicemail Poems, Calliope Magazine, and The Origami Poetry Project to name a few, and his 2009 chapbook Ghosts & Echoes has sold hundreds of copies independently solely off the strength of readings and live performances.


In October of 2013, he released his debut EP Between Beauty & Bedlam, which he wrote and produced himself. The record fuses spoken word poetry and an eclectic mix of musical genres including Hip-Hop and ambient to make a sonic gumbo. It is available now at CD Baby, Bandcamp, at live performances, and from his website. Christian serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Lit Alliance.