Bay Area Poetry Conference

Our Bay Area Poetry Conference, offered in two-day, intimate, private settings for small groups of poets who are dedicated to growing their work by leaps and bounds.

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The conferences focus on advanced concepts and techniques for making more of each participant’s poetic impulses, strategies and “voice.” The theme of these March conferences is: “From Whitman to Whitmanesque.” We’ll look closely at voice, strategies and techniques of Walt Whitman and CD Wright: we’ll identify what we can each learn from these Transcendental humanists, and how we can fortify and bolster our writerly selves, our writerly souls, and our writerly chops, throughout a year of challenges.

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Enrollment and Logistics 

Each two-day conference meets daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lodging is not included in the conference fee.


Limited to first 7 participants who enroll.


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Editorial Reviews of Full-Length or Chapbook Manuscripts

Participants in either session may sign up separately with Jeffrey Levine for an one-on-one review of your full-length or chapbook manuscript. Cost: $400 for chapbook length (up to 32 page), $800 for full-length (up to 54 page) manuscripts. (This represents a substantial discount for workshop attendees.)

Participant Comments

“I do feel that my editor’s eye has been trained in both the close read and the over-all picture. Being invited to questioning the strategy and the moment of a poem were very helpful techniques to me. Also, the emphasis on finding the place where a poem is hiding from itself, or where the speaker is hiding from where the poem wants to go–thinking in that way in those terms was revelatory. Thank you for a very valuable learning experience.”  –Renee Schell

“The conference was out of this world wonderful!  I loved having the sessions in homes.”  —Jill Murray

“I could go on for days about what I learned, but to sum it up I walked away with a valuable tool box much needed for improving my craft and tapping into more creativity; and how to dissect at poem as if it were a science project! I have experience with those helping my kids in science fair for so many years!  I learned to make each word a poem! I also benefited immensely from the list of journals for submissions and advice on submitting a full manuscript and names of publishers.”  —Lorene Zouzounis

“I’ve attended three conferences with Jeffrey and each one opens new doors to my writing. His editor’s eye teaches how to stand back from one’s work, with a positive attitude, and find just the right next step to take, whether a subtle tweak or radical revision. He engages all the senses, keeps a varied and respectful pace that demands your full engagement but does not exhaust you. His reading is incisive, his interactions generous, and his passion for the art infectious.”  —Nancy Meyer

Jeffrey Levine is the author of three books of poetry: Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize. A third book The Problem with Brooklyn is forthcoming. 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, Editor‐in‐Chief and Publisher of Tupelo Press, an award‐winning independent literary press located in the historic Eclipse Mill in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. In addition, he has served for several years on the core faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences and is Director of the esteemed Tupelo Press Writing Conferences.

Contact Information

Email: conferences@tupelopress.org
Phone: 413‐664‐9611

Refund Policy: Refund up to 4 weeks prior each conference, less 15% processing fee.