"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
March 10 – 13, 2017
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 Martha Rhodes (Four Way Books).
Intensive open only to Colrain alums and/or finalist or semi-finalist in a book-length or chapbook manuscript competition or equivalent. Those with previous book publication also considered.
The Inn at Manchester, Manchester, Vermont
April 28 – May 1, 2017
A select group of poets will bring their completed or in-progress manuscripts to the Inn at Manchester, an elegant, family-run inn dating from the late 1800s spread across two buildings on sprawling grounds: the Main Inn and the Carriage House. Here, in this beautiful setting, poets will work closely with conference founder Joan Houlihan, (Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program), Fred Marchant (Suffolk University), Stephen Motika (Nightboat Books), and Martha Rhodes (Four Way Books).
All poets with an in-progress or complete book-length or chapbook-length manuscript are welcome to apply.
Truchas Peaks Place | Truchas, New Mexico June 9 – 12, 2017
A select group of poets will bring their completed or in-progress manuscripts to this spacious, adobe style retreat with panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where they will meet and work with nationally known poets, publishers, and editors Rusty Morrison (Co-founder/Publisher Omnidawn Press); Hilda Raz (Editor, University of New Mexico Press Poetry Series); Joan Houlihan (Conference Founder / Lesley University); and Ellen Dore Watson (Director of Poetry Center / Smith College).
All poets with an in-progress book-length or chapbook-length manuscript are welcome to apply.
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