The Brandt House, Greenfield, Massachusetts | July 20 – 23, 2018
The Colrain Mauscript Intensive is a small, select, highly focused, 3-day conference designed for the evaluation and discussion of book-length manuscripts by editors and publishers. The intensive is open only to those who have attended a previous Colrain conference and/or those whose manuscript is close to publication (semi-finalist, finalist or publisher feedback), and/or those with previous book publication.
The intensive features in-depth pre-conference work and candid, realistic evaluation and feedback from decision-makers. In preparation, particpants will work on pre-conference assignments and then in the workshop to review, arrange, and winnow their collections based on the pre-conference work.. In addition to the manuscript preparation workshop and editor consultation, there will be editorial Q&A, and after-conference strategy session. The Intensive also includes a pre-conference manuscript reading and separate consultation with Joan Houlihan.
Located in the rural town of Greenfield in western Massachusetts, the Brandt House is a 16-room New England estate located on the crest of a hill in a quiet neighborhood of Victorian homes with views of the Berkshire Mountains and set amidst three and one-half acres of lawns surrounded by gardens.
This elegant manor has beautiful, original woodwork and personally selected furnishings and decor, spacious and sunny sitting areas, and fireplaces in the living room, library and many bedrooms. Meals are served in the light-filled dining room with dinner out on the town one night.
Please note that we will make all reservations and arrangements for conference participants. Directions and other details will be sent to all registrants along with the pre-conference materials.
NOTE: Some lodging will be in nearby airbnb’s depending on when you register. All meals and work will take place at the Brandt House.
Work with renowned poet-editor-educators Joan Houlihan, Stephen Motika, and Martha Rhodes.
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 and Smith College and currently teaches in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program and 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, among other publications. A 2010-2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident, he has taught at Naropa University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. He is the program director at Poets House and the publisher of Nightboat Books.
Martha Rhodes is the director of Four Way Books, a literary press in New York City and author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Line (University of Pittsburgh Press). Her other collections are: 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.
Plan to arrive on Friday, July 20, 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.
How to Apply
Following successful application, the registration fee is $1,675.00. This includes:
- All conference fees, workshop tuition, and materials.
- Pre-conference manuscript reading and on-site consultation with Joan Houlihan.
- Lodging for three nights. (Private room, most with private bath.)
- Breakfast, lunch snacks and beverages on all days, and two dinners* (contact us regarding any special needs).
*We will have one dinner out at a local restaurant.
The Brandt House is located on 29 Highland Avenue in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
The best place to arrive for flight transportation is Hartford’s Bradley International Airport. That airport is about an hour away. There is a shuttle service straight from the airport to the Brandt House. It is called Valley Transporter and is in Amherst, MA. (413) 253-1350. You must make arrangements directly with them for the pick up at either plane, train or bus station, and please do so several days in advance. Make sure and send us your ETA. And don’t forget to arrange for a return shuttle on the final day of the conference, preferably 11am or later. Trains arrive at Greenfield, a short distance from the Brandt House. See the Amtrak web site for schedules and rates. If you don’t want to take a train, there are also buses directly to Greenfield from some places. See the Greyhound Bus website for details. NOTE: From NYC it takes about 5 hours by bus to Greenfield.