"Thank you for everything; what a wonderfully provocative weekend! I have attended many many conferences and workshops while lurking through the swamps of arranging a manuscript, and the revelations of the time at Colrain were the most concrete realizations I have had in the past few years of this work. Thank you for providing the structure and guidance to allow epiphany."
—M. Hasemann, NY
The Brandt House | Greenfield, MA
January 17 – 20, 2020
A small (maximum 8), select group of poets will come to a turn-of-the-century Colonial revival estate, nestled in the pioneer valley of Western Massachusetts, and there they will work closely with poet and conference founder Joan Houlihan (Lesley University) and poet and publisher Peter Covino (Barrow Street Press).
For Colrain alums and/or for poets with finalist, semi-finalist or Honorable Mention standing or with previous book (or chapbook) publication.
Barred Owl Retreat | Leicester, Massachusetts
March 14, 2020
The Colrain One-Day Informational Retreat is designed for poets who wish to learn the basics of a poetry manuscript before applying to the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference and/or submitting to presses. Led by two seasoned Colrain poet-editors, Joan Houlihan and Ellen Dore Watson .
Open to all poets wishing to learn the basics of the poetry manuscript.
The Arlington Inn, Arlington, Vermont
May 1 – May 4, 2020
A select group of poets will bring their completed or in-progress manuscripts to the The Arlington Inn in Arlington, Vermont, a village estate built in 1847 that was later turned into a summer hotel. Here, in this beautiful setting, poets will work closely with conference founder Joan Houlihan, (Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program), Stephen Motika (Nightboat Books), Martha Rhodes (Four Way Books) and Daniel Tobin (Emerson College).
All poets with an in-progress or complete book-length or chapbook-length manuscript are welcome to apply.
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