Truchas, New Mexico | June 10 – 13, 2016

casita 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.

truchas_iOn the first and second floor are bedrooms and 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, June 10, between 5 and 6 pm. Dinner is at 7 pm, when 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, June 13.

How to Apply

Before you apply, please visit the Conference Criteria page to make certain this conference is right for you. If so, submit an application.

Conference Fee

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

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:
JHoulihanBWJoan Houlihan is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Ay (Tupelo Press). She has taught at Columbia University and Emerson College and currently teaches in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program and is Part-time Professor of Practice at Clark University, both in Massachusetts. Houlihan is founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. Read more…




RustyRusty 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…



hildaHilda Raz is editor of the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, University of New Mexico Press, and the poetry editor for BOSQUE (the magazine). She is the author of seven books of poetry published by Wesleyan University Press and other presses, the editor of five books published by Persea Press, and others, and a memoir, with Aaron Raz, What Becomes You, published in the American Lives Series, ed. Tobias Wolff, University of Nebraska Press, finalist in two categories for the Lambda Book Award. She is editor emerita of the venerable literary quarterly Prairie Schooner and founding director of the Prairie Schooner Book Prizes. Read more…



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. Read more…



And So Forth

As a conference participant, you do not have to bring your laptop (although wireless service is available). However, you must bring writing materials and pre-conference work as instructed. 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 read How It Works to the right, and visit our Conference Criteria page.