Truchas Peaks Place, Truchas, New Mexico | June 9 – 12, 2017
Nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with panoramic views of the Truchas Peaks, the Jemez Mountains, and the Pedernal, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, Truchas Peaks Place is an unforgettably beautiful setting for poetry and poets. The retreat is part of the Spanish colonial village Truchas, settled in 1754. The village maintains its connection to its Hispanic heritage. Spanish is spoken and the buildings are still constructed of adobe. There is also a flourishing arts community with numerous art galleries exhibiting contemporary art as well as regional arts, weaving and woodcraft.
The elevated, abdobe-style house has panoramic views of mountains outside and spacious, quiet rooms inside.
On the first and second floor are single bedrooms as well as sharable suites.
Please note that we will make all reservations and arrangements for lodging and meals for conference participants. Directions and other details will be sent to all registrants along with the pre-conference materials.
Plan to arrive on Friday, June 9, between 5 and 6 pm. Dinner is at 7 pm, when introductions and preparations for the next day take place. The conference will begin with breakfast at 8 am on Saturday and last till 11 am Monday, June 12.
How to Apply
Following successful application, the registration fee is $1,425.00. This includes:
- Three night, four-day lodging
- Conference fee, workshop tuition, and materials
- Three meals per day plus snacks and beverages (contact us regarding any special needs)
Location / Directions / Transportation
Truchas Peaks Place is located on 1671 Highway 76 in Truchas, New Mexico.
Area airports are at Santa Fe and Tao. You will need to take a cab or rent a car from there.
Make sure and send us your ETA. And don’t forget to arrange for a return shuttle on the final day of the conference, preferable 12 pm or later (conference ends at 11 am).
There is no other fee pertaining to the conference. Poets will receive pre-conference manuscript preparation assignments and other materials a few weeks before the conference begins.
The following nationally-acclaimed poets, editors and publishers will be in residence for the conference:
Joan Houlihan is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including Shadow-feast (Four Way Books), forthcoming in 2018. She has taught at Columbia University and Smith College and currently teaches in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program and is Part-time Professor of Practice at Clark University, both in Massachusetts. Houlihan is founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. Read more…
Rusty Morrison is an American poet and publisher. Her poetry book After Urgency won Tupelo’s Dorset Prize (2012). The Book of the Given is available from Noemi Press. the true keeps calm biding its story won Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin Award, Northern California Book Award, Ahsahta’s Sawtooth Prize, the DiCastagnola Award from Poetry Society of America. Whethering won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. In 2001, Morrison and her husband, Ken Keegan, founded Omnidawn Publishing in Richmond, California, and continue to work as co-publishers. Read more…
Hilda Raz is editor of the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, University of New Mexico Press, and the poetry editor for BOSQUE (the magazine). She is the author of seven books of poetry published by Wesleyan University Press and other presses, the editor of five books published by Persea Press, and others, and a memoir, with Aaron Raz, What Becomes You, published in the American Lives Series, ed. Tobias Wolff, University of Nebraska Press, finalist in two categories for the Lambda Book Award. She is editor emerita of the venerable literary quarterly Prairie Schooner and founding director of the Prairie Schooner Book Prizes. Read more…
Ellen Doré Watson is director of the Poetry Center at Smith College and poetry editor of The Massachusetts Review. Her fifth full-length collection, pray me stay eager, will be published by Alice James Books in 2018. Earlier books include Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010), This Sharpening (also from Tupelo), and two from Alice James, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. She is author of Dogged Hearts from Tupelo Press, This Sharpening, from Tupelo Press, and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York Award from Alice James. Read more…
And So Forth
As a conference participant, you do not have to bring your laptop (although wireless service is available). However, you must bring writing materials and pre-conference work as instructed. If you want more information on the nature of the conference, or if you are not sure if the conference is right for you, please read How It Works to the right, and visit our Conference Criteria page.