The Inn at Manchester, Manchester, Vermont | April 28-May 1, 2017

porchDating 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 28, 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, Fred Marchant, Stephen Motika and Martha Rhodes.

_dsc3823medCROPJoan Houlihan is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Ay (Tupelo Press). Her fifth collection, Shadow-Feast, is forthcoming in Spring, 2018. 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 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.

marchantFred Marchant’s new collection of poetry, Said Unsaid, is available from Graywolf Press. The Looking House (Graywolf Press, 2009), was named by Barnes and Noble Review as one of the five best books of poetry in 2009. He is also the author of Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize in poetry, and Full Moon Boat (Graywolf Press, 2000). A new and selected volume,House on Water, House in Air, was published by Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland, in 2002. He was the 2009 co-winner (with Afaa Michael Weaver) of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets whose “work is an inspiration to other poets.” Fred Marchant is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, poetry by the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa, published in 2006 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam and editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008). Fred is Professor of English and the Director of The Suffolk University Poetry Project in Boston. He is a longtime teaching affiliate of The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and has taught workshops at various places across the country, including the Veterans Writing Group in the San Francisco Bay area and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Over the past several years he has frequently been a teaching faculty member in the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.

motika2Stephen 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 NewsletterPoets.orgVanitas, 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.



marthaMartha Rhodes is the director of Four Way Books, a literary press in New York City and author of five poetry collections: 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) and The Thin Wall, forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017. 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.

 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.

Conference Fee

Following successful application, the registration fee is $1,375.00. This includes:


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.

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