"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
Barred Owl Retreat | Leicester, Massachusetts
March 21, 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.
The Brandt House | Greenfield, MA
July 17 – 20, 2020
A small, 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-editors Christopher Salerno (Saturnalia Books) and Stephen Motika (Nightboat Books).
For Colrain alums or poets with finalist or semi-finalist standing or with previous book publication.
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