Lakeview Inn, Naples, Maine | April 29-May 2, 2016

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Located in the Sebago Lake Region of western Maine, in the small lakefront town of Naples, Lakeview Inn is just a 40-minute drive northwest of Portland. Nestled between the shores of Long Lake and Brandy Pond, the inn sits on a knoll overlooking the lakes and causeway below.

Similar to a small hotel, a grand main floor welcomes you with relaxing dining and sitting areas with the focal point being the huge original stone fireplace.

The sixteen guestrooms, located on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th floors, all offer new furnishings and private baths.


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 29, 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, Martha Rhodes, Jeffrey Shotts, and Ellen Dore Watson.

joan-320Joan Houlihan is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Ay (Tupelo Press). 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 and Emerson College and currently teaches in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program and Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Houlihan is founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.


marthaMartha Rhodes is the director of Four Way Books, a literary press in New York City and author of four 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). 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


shottsJeffrey Shotts is currently Executive Editor of Graywolf Press where he has worked for nearly fifteen years with such writers as Elizabeth Alexander, Mary Jo Bang, Charles Baxter, Eula Biss, Robert Bly, Mark Doty, Nick Flynn, Tess Gallagher, Dana Gioia, Albert Goldbarth, Linda Gregg, Eamon Grennan, Marilyn Hacker, Donald Hall, Matthea Harvey, Tony Hoagland, Fanny Howe, Carl Phillips, D.A. Powell, Claudia Rankine, Charles Simic, Tom Sleigh, Tracy K. Smith, Dorothea Tanning, Tomas Tranströmer, Natasha Trethewey, and Kevin Young, among many others. Shotts is also currently a Poetry Editor for Post Road, a bi-annual literary magazine headquartered in Boston. Shotts has taught or lectured on poetry and editing at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the College of Saint Benedict, Hamline University, the University of Houston, the University of Iowa, The Loft Literary Center, Macalester College, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Sarah Lawrence College, Vermont College, and Washington University. Shotts is also on the continuing faculty of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference in Massachusetts. He is a Visiting Instructor in the English Department at Macalester College, where he teaches courses in creative writing and on literary publishing.


ellenEllen Doré Watson is director of the Poetry Center at Smith College and poetry editor of The Massachusetts Review. Her most recent book is a translation of Adelia Prado’s work, Ex-Voto, from Tupelo Press. 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. Ellen’s work has appeared widely in literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Among her honors are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. In addition to teaching at Smith College, she has for many years led a generative writing group and offered private manuscript consultations.

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 (for a single). This includes:


Lakeview Inn
15 Lake House Road
Naples, ME 04055
Phone: (207) 693-9099

Driving Directions From Portland & South:

Take the Maine Turnpike (Interstate 95) to Exit 48 (Westbrook). Follow Riverside St. to Route 302 West through North Windham and Raymond to Naples. Take second left (Lake House Road) after crossing the new Causeway Bridge.

From the North:

Take the Maine Turnpike (Interstate 95) to Exit 63 (Gray). Turn left onto Route 202 (West bound). Follow Route 202 to Route 115 to Route 302 in North Windham. Turn right on Route 302 West through North Windham and Raymond to Naples. Take second left (Lake House Road) after crossing the new Causeway Bridge.

From the West:

Take Route 302 East through Bridgton to Naples. Turn right on Lake House Road.


The closest airport is in Portland (30 miles away):

Portland Airport

Let us know your eta and we will let the other participants know in case anyone wants to share a rental or shuttle.