Truchas Peaks Place, Truchas, New Mexico | October 25-28, 2019
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, including an astonishing 10,000 volume library:
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, October 25, between 5 and 6 pm. Dinner is at 7 pm, after which 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, October 28.
How to Apply
Following successful application, the registration fee is $1,400.00. 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)
NOTE: Payment plan available. Please indicate interest on the application.
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:
Peter Covino is one of the founding editors of Barrow Street Press,a not-for-profit press connected to the nationally known journal, Barrow Street. The press publishes poetry collections through its annual contest and through solicitations. As a former professional social worker–who worked in the fields of foster care, AIDS services, and youth and family services for fourteen years, and as an Italian immigrant–poet, translator, and editor, Peter Covino’s creative writing and research interests continue to be strongly influenced by the interrelationship of ethnic culture, work in translation, and psychosocial identity. Covino is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the U of Rhode Island, and author of the full-length poetry collections, The Right Place to Jump (2012); and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005) both from W. Michigan University Press, New Issues, along with Straight Boyfriend winner of Frank O’Hara Prize Chapbook Prize. He has also co-edited an essay collection on Italian American Literature, Bordighera CUNY (2012). His prizes include the PEN American / Osterweil Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence, two recent URI Research Council grants, and a Faculty Mentoring award; and fellowship / residencies from Richmond the American International University of London, the American Academy in Rome, and the Nida Translation Institute, among others. His work has been featured or is forthcoming in Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day, American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Community RAI Italian Television, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Journal of Italian Translation, Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and the Yale Review. You can check out more of his work at: www.petercovino.com
Richard Greenfield is a founding editor of Apostrophe Books and the author of Tracer (Omnidawn 2009) and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California Press, 2003), which was named a Book Sense Top University Press pick. He was born in Hemet, California, spent his early childhood in Southern California, and later lived in the Pacific Northwest. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana (1999) and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver (2005), where he was a Frankel Fellow. He was a visiting writer at Brown University (2006) and a Bates College Learning Associate (2010). Since 2009, he has been a professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, teaching graduate workshops in the MFA program as well as undergraduate courses in poetry.
Joan Houlihan is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Shadow-feast (Four Way Books). In addition to publishing in a wide array of leading journals, including Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Review and Gulf Coast, she has served as critic and editor at a series of online magazines, most recently Contemporary Poetry Review. Her critical essays are archived online at bostoncomment.com. Her work 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 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 in Poetry 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…
Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson is the former director of The Poetry Center at Smith College and is currently the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith. She also 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.
And So Forth
Wireless service is available. 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 visit our Conference Criteria page.