Truchas Peaks Place, Truchas, New Mexico | June 9 12, 2017

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, June 9, 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 12.

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 $1,425.00. This includes:

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:

Gabriel Fried

gabeGabriel Fried is the longtime poetry editor at Persea Books in New York City. Fried’s first collection of poems, Making the New Lamb Take, was named a Best Book of 2007 by Foreword magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second book, The Children are Reading, is forthcoming in Fall, 2017 from Four Way Books. His poems have been published individually in the American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, and elsewhere. Fried currently teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri. Read more…


_dsc3823largeCROP1Joan Houlihan is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including Shadow-feast (Four Way Books), forthcoming in 2018. 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 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…


Ellen.2016Ellen Doré Watson is director of the Poetry Center at Smith College and poetry editor of The Massachusetts Review. Her fifth full-length collection, pray me stay eager, will be published by Alice James Books in 2018. 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. 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.