"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 12 – 15, 2018
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 17, 2018
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.
The Inn at Manchester, Manchester, Vermont
April 27 – April 30, 2018
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), Ellen Dore Watson (Smith College), 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.
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