"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, November 2 – 5, 2018
A small, select group of poets will bring their completed or in-progress manuscripts to this lovely retreat, abutting a secluded 114-acre nature preserve and located just outside the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, to work closely with nationally-known poet and conference founder Joan Houlihan , poet and publisher Martha Rhodes (Four Way Books), and poet and publisher Christopher Salerno (Saturnalia Books)
For Colrain alums or poets with finalist or semi-finalist standing or with previous book (including chapbook) publication.
The Brandt House | Greenfield, MA
January 18 – 21, 2019
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 or poets with finalist or semi-finalist standing or with previous book publication.
Barred Owl Retreat | Leicester, Massachusetts
March 9, 2019
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 Fred Marchant .
Open to all poets wishing to learn the basics of the poetry manuscript.
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