February 27th – 28th, 2021.
Over the years we have built a powerful writing workshop and formed a warm community of faculty and alumni. Now translated into a popular Zoom format for the spring of 2021, our renowned conferences boast even broader accessibility than ever before, without losing the magic of community, and without the travel costs!
The roaring success this past year of our first six full online manuscript conferences and one online “Perfect 15 conference,” we’ve learned so very much about what kinds of enrichments we can offer participants in our Zoom-based conferences for manuscripts, and we’d like now to offer an additional series of two-day conferences focused on perfecting poems, rather than manuscripts.
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Developed in response to alumni feedback from ten years of Tupelo Press conferences, this is a stand-alone, poem-level, intensive poetry conference, in which you will work on perfecting up to 15 poems for submissions to journals and literary magazines, while at the same time, learning how to identify and leverage your unique poet gifts. This session will be led by Jeffrey Levine, Artistic Director and Publisher of Tupelo Press, and Veronica Golos, one of the most experienced and long-beloved core poetry faculty with Tupelo Press Conferences. (See bios below.)
Working in small intimate groups over a two-day period (February 27th and 28th), you will select a set of fifteen poems (please be sure to select only poems that you’ll want to work on), and you’ll learn how to dive inside them, employing craft tools proprietary to Tupelo Press, as we work together to render each poem as close to perfect as publish-ready. Jeffrey and Veronica will meet with participants in two small groups, with instructors rotating between the groups both days, so that you’ll have a complete and complementary experience.
We know the value of sustained conversations that can build meaningful professional and artistic relationships. Jeffrey Levine, Tupelo Press Founder, Publisher, and Artistic Director, will open the conference welcoming each participant, joined by Veronica Golos, and together they will curate a sense of community alongside the work (see bios below).
During the course of the conference, faculty will make time to talk about your concerns as writers, about etymology. By the end of the Zoom “retreat,” you will have a set of new tools for writing, revision, and submission to take home and apply to your writing life.
We will ask you to watch, carefully, a video series (it’s a surprise) prior to attending, and to answer certain questions relating the video to your own poems. Then, you will receive your Zoom* link via email well in advance, and a reminder the day before.
Saturday and Sunday: workshops begin at 10 am EST to accommodate those in all US mainland time zones. Morning sessions will run from 10:00 to 1:00 pm, and afternoons sessions from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. You will have assignments to work on in the off-hours.
NOTE: There will be several built-in breaks, including generous time for lunch and snacks.
We’ll start at 10 a.m. with introductions, byo coffee & tea, and a full orientation and overview of what’s in store for the weekend.
Participants will work in two small groups of 5, and Veronica and Jeffrey will rotate between the two groups.
Each group will spend the first part of the day discussing the pre-conference video assignments, and plotting out how it relates (specifically) to each poet’s work, as guided by the faculty. The balance of the day will be spent in analysis and discussion of your poems with the faculty.
The faculty and participants will jointly develop the significant threads from the commentary into a work-plan for polishing the poems, or for final-revisions, leading to fully publishable work.
Day one will conclude with a significant homework assignment, in order to prepare each participant further for the following day’s work
The first part of the day will be a continuation of the previous day’s work, and further, will address the “homework” brought to the session by each participant.
This day will be devoted to shaping the poems, to learning how to become a dispassionate reader of one’s own work, and how to “listen” to the poems in order to determine which poems want to be with (precede or follow) other poems—to understand how poems talk to each other. We will also explore the art of titling a manuscript (and individual poems).
Finally, we will give you an overview of publishing nuts and bolts, with advice on where, when and how to submit individual packets of poems and entire manuscripts, along with proprietary information about how to “improve the odds.” In other words, we’ll give you tools and resources for writing, revision, and submission to take home and apply to your writing life.
In these days of on-line engagement, how could our interactions be as immediate and powerful? Yet my recent experience with the remarkable Tupelo Manuscript Conference has made me reflect how the arts have always been a matter of communing with minds we do not see, who have come before us and who will come after us, and who live in different time zones and geographies and ways of knowing. Most of what we cherish of our humanity, eked and wrought in lives of confinement, isolation, and civic stress, has been created through our sense of this context that spans space and time, imagining a community that can hear us, see us, understand us. Tupelo’s brave new Manuscript Conference recreates these conditions in which artists have always worked. The Conference trusts this reality of what most can support today’s writers. It makes vivid and vibrant a truth about what nourishes the human brain: feedback of a community who cares passionately about what one is creating.
“The elegance of the design of the conference layers conversation and in-depth analysis of individual poems. The structure of meetings enables a dozen serious and distinguished writers and teachers of writing from across the U.S. to meet over four days with two editors/publishers whose fingers are on the pulse of literature in our day. From their vantage as working poets themselves, Jeffrey’s and Kristina’s commitment to supporting creative writing has led them to give of their own energies and time and resources to hundreds of writers in daily devotion and practice. And now, their full attention is close-reading our work.”
“The benefit of any Tupelo conference or event to writers is in the creation of community. Jeffery and his carefully curated band of associates have been creating circles of community for years. COVID posed the challenge of how to do that on a Zoom platform. Yes, we missed the socializing and lingering over books on a table, The circling to talk 1:1 with people who would guide us in the next days. I did make some lasting friends in those earlier times. But the Tupelo skill at creating community is an institutional skill. They simply know how to do it and it was done well on Zoom through a combination of structure, Jeffrey’s ineffable listening skill, and Kristina Maria Darling’s vast compendium of knowledge. Simply said, I would do this again and if you value your project, it’s a good bet for you too.” —M.C.
February 27th – 28th, 2021
Please plan to join us on Saturday morning, promptly at 10am. Meet daily Saturday, and Sunday, for workshops from 10:00 to 1pm, and from 3pm to 5:30 pm.
Editorial Reviews of Full-Length or Chapbook Manuscripts
Participants may sign up separately (in advance) with Jeffrey Levine for an intensive, poem by poem review and annotation of your full-length or chapbook manuscript. All manuscripts will be returned, fully edited, in advance of the conference. Those who opt for a manuscript review will have a half-hour, one on one, Zoom discussion of their work with Jeffrey Levine. Cost: $400 for chapbook-length manuscripts, (up to 32 pages) $800 for full-length manuscripts, (up to 54 pages) manuscripts.
Registration and Fees
In the case of a successful application, the tuition for the entire weekend conference is $595.
If you wish, you may add a pre-conference or post-conference (your option) manuscript review and annotation by Jeffrey Levine, at an additional cost of $250 for up to 15 pages, $400 for chapbook-length manuscripts (maximum 32 pages), or $800 for full-length manuscripts (maximum 56 pages). This is approximately half-price for conference attendees. If you choose to have your manuscript reviewed and annotated post-conference, you may take up to three months to submit it.
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Jeffrey Levine is the author of three books of poetry: At the Kinnegad Home for the Bewildered (Salmon Press 2019), Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize. His many poetry prizes include the Larry Levis Prize from the Missouri Review, the James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize, and the American Literary Review poetry prize. His poems have garnered 14 Pushcart nominations. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Levine is founder, Executive Director and Publisher of Tupelo Press, an award-winning independent literary press located in the historic Eclipse Mill in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. He served for seven years on the core faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences and directs the esteemed Tupelo Press Writing Conferences which he founded ten years ago.
Veronica Golos is the author of four poetry books, GIRL, (3: A Taos Press 2019) Winner, International Naji Naaman Honor Prize, for Poetry, Beirut, Lebanon, Rootwork: Lost Writings of John Brown and Mary Day Brown (3: A Taos Press), Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, poems from which are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi, and A Bell Buried Deep (Storyline Press, 2004), co-winner of the 16th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, adapted for stage and performed at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. Golos has lectured at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, Hunter College, Julliard School of Music, Regis University, University of New Mexico, Dine Technical College, Kansas State University, and Colorado State University; she is co-editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, former Poetry Editor for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and core faculty at Tupelo Press’s Writers Conferences. Selections from her upcoming poetry book, GIRL (3: A Taos Press) won an international Naji Naaman Honor Prize 2019 out of Beirut, Lebanon. Golos lives in Taos, New Mexico with her husband, David Pérez.
Payment Procedure & Refund Policy
The conference registration fee is $650
Refund Policy: Refund up to January 15th only, less 15% processing fee. Tupelo Press Conferences reserves the right to cancel this conference without penalty, its liability limited to a full refund of registration fees.
Payment Procedure: Your place is not reserved for the Conference until full payment is received. We will not charge your card unless and until your application has been accepted.
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