The Inn at Manchester, Manchester, Vermont | April 27-Apri 30, 2018
Dating from the late 1800s, this elegant, family-run inn is spread across two buildings on sprawling grounds: the Main Inn and the Carriage House. Originally built as a private residence, it became an Inn in 1978. After much renovation and redecoration, this beautiful home was brought to it’s present glory. The Inn and Carriage House are both on the National Register of Historic Places. They, along with the new event barn, sit on four beautiful acres in historic Manchester Village.
Please note that we will make all reservations and arrangements for conference participants. Other details will be sent to all registrants along with the pre-conference materials.
Plan to arrive on Friday, April 27, between 4 and 6 pm. Dinner is at 7 pm, after which introductions and preparation for the next day take place. The conference will begin at 9 am on Saturday and last till 11 am on Monday.
Here, you will work with poet-editor-educators Joan Houlihan, Stephen Motika, Martha Rhodes and Ellen Dore Watson.
Joan Houlihan is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Shadow-feast (Four Way Books). Her poetry has been anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press) and The Book of Irish-American Poetry-Eighteenth Century to Present (University of Notre Dame Press). She is a contributing critic for the Contemporary Poetry Review, associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and author of a series of essays on contemporary American poetry archived online at bostoncomment.com. She has taught at Columbia University, Smith College and Emerson College and she currently teaches in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program and as Professor of Practice at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Houlihan is founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.
Stephen Motika, poet and publisher, is the author of Western Practice, published by Alice James Books in 2012. He is also the author of two chapbooks, Arrival and at Mono (2007) and In the Madrones (2011), and editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009). His articles and poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, At Length, BOMB, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, Maggy, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Poets.org, Vanitas
Martha Rhodes is the director of Four Way Books, a literary press in New York City and author of five poetry collections: The Thin Wall (University of Pittsburgh Press), The Beds (Autumn House Press), Mother Quiet (Zoo Press, 2004), Perfect Disappearance (winner of The Green Rose Prize, New Issues, 2000), and At the Gate (Provincetown Arts, 1995). She has published widely in magazines and journals including Agni, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and TriQuarterly, and her work has appeared in such anthologies as Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, The New American Poets, Last Call, and many others. Martha has taught at Emerson College, New School University, UC at Irvine, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. She is core faculty at the Colrain Conferences.
Ellen Doré Watson
Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson directs The Poetry Center at Smith College and serves as poetry and translation editor of The Massachusetts Review. Her fifth full-length collection, pray me stay eager, is available from Alice James Books. 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. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Orion, and The New Yorker. Among her honors are a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and to Yaddo, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Her best-known works of translation are The Alphabet in the Park and Ex-Voto, both by Brazilian Adélia Prado. Watson also teaches in the Drew University Low-Residency MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation and has for many years led a generative writing group in Northampton, MA.
How to Apply
Before you apply, please visit our Conference Criteria page to make certain this conference is right for you. Once you understand the nature and goals of the conference, please submit an application.
Following successful application, the registration fee is $1,475.00. This includes:
- Lodging for three nights
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages on all days (contact us regarding any special needs).
3967 Main St
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Phone: (800) 273-1793
Complete directions, including from the Albany Airport (closest airport) are here:
If you are flying in, let us know your eta and we will let the other participants know in case anyone wants to share a rental or shuttle.