Tupelo Truchas Poetry Conference

The Tupelo Truchas Poetry Conference is a writer’s retreat at Truchas Peaks Place in Truchas, New Mexico, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Taos and Sante Fe. Truchas Peaks Place offers workshop participants a spacious adobe-style hacienda, panoramic views, astonishing 12,000-book library, sumptuous decor and cuisine.  (http://www.truchaspeaksplace.com)

June 2-5, 2017


truchas+golden+moments+dotyProgram Description

Conceived and presented by three of the most experienced poets and editors in the nation, this is a no-nonsense, intensive workshop that will result in ten perfect poems: the ideal packet for submission to journals and MFA programs. This session will be led by Jeffrey Levine, poet, Editor-in-Chief and founding Publisher of Tupelo Press, and Veronica Golos, award-winning curator, teacher and poet, with surprise visiting faculty the acclaimed poets Lauren Camp and Maggie Smith.

Working with an intimate group of participants over a four-day period (June 2-5, 2017), you will select a set of your ten best poems and learn how to make them as close to perfect as possible. By the end of the retreat you will have a set of tools including how to:

  • how to learn the revision strategies that work for your poems,
  • how to demystify the submission process,
  • how to read like an editor,
  • how to master the Zen of getting published,
  • and how to apply the lessons learned at Truchas to your writing life.

Through sustained conversations with faculty and peers you will develop a sense of the best markets for you. What poets should you be reading? Which journals and presses are the right venues for your own work? We will help you design an individualized, effective submission plan.

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truchas+golden+moments+17We know the value of sustained conversations that can build meaningful professional and artistic relationships. Jeffrey Levine, Tupelo Press Editor-in-Chief, will be present from the moment you are greeted before dinner on Friday through the farewell breakfast on Monday. Levine will be joined by prize-winning poets Lauren Camp, Maggie Smith, and Veronica Golos, who will likewise be present and available throughout (see bios below).

Before and after the working sessions all three faculty are available to talk with about your concerns as writers: about etymology or the “poe biz” or which presses are right for you, and more. By the end of the retreat you will have a set of new tools for writing, revision and submission to take home from Truchas and apply to your writing life.


working-3“In the Tupelo workshop, I entered as a poet, but I returned home with a deepening of my poetic practice, a cherished community, and a transformed commitment to my poetry” — M.R.

“Thoughtful pre-work assignments, in-depth workshops with masters of poetry, casual conversations with kindred spirits over beautifully prepared food–I left the Truchas Tupelo Poetry Conference with a much deeper understanding of my strengths as a poet and a clear vision for my next project. Thank you!”  — M.S.

“My expectations for the conference were very high, and they were exceeded in every way.” —R. O.



Located midway between Santa Fe and Taos on New Mexico State Highway 76, only 45 minutes from either destination, Truchas is easily accessible but still provides the ambiance of a secluded retreat. The village of Truchas was settled in 1754 and maintains its connection to its Hispanic heritage through its architecture and its regional decor of weaving and woodcraft.  Nearby is a flourishing arts community with numerous art galleries.


All reservations and arrangements for lodging and meals will be made for workshop participants. Truchas is an adobe‐style house that has panoramic views of mountains outside, but spacious, quiet rooms inside on the first and second floor of the house. Most bedrooms are two‐room shared suites. Single rooms are available. Internet access will be available, although laptops are not required. (See below on computer use and writing equipment requirements.)


June 2-5, 2017

Please plan to arrive on Friday, June 2 between 5 and 6 pm. Dinner is at 7 pm, when introductions and preparation for the next day take place.  The workshops and meetings begin with breakfast at 8:00 am on Saturday and lasts until 11:00 am Monday, June 5.

Directions and Transportation

Truchas Peaks Place is located on 1671 Highway 76 in Truchas, New Mexico. Area airports are at Santa Fe and Taos. You will need to take a cab or rent a car from there. Make sure and send us your ETA and please remember to arrange for a return transportation to the airport on the final day of the conference. (http://www.truchaspeaksplace.com/directions)

Editorial Reviews of Full-Length or Chapbook Manuscripts

Participants in may sign up separately (in advance) with Jeffrey Levine for a one-on-one review of your full-length or chapbook manuscript, time to be arranged prior to or after the workshop weekend. 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.)

Registration and Fees

In the case of a successful application, the registration fee is $1,300. This includes the workshop and tuition fees and materials, as well as lodging for three nights plus all meals, snacks and beverages. (Travel excluded.)

Please email conferences@tupelopress.org with any special needs or concerns. Please bring all necessary writing materials with you, including drafts of “core poems” and “secondary poems” (these terms will be defined once you have been accepted for registration).

Prior to the workshop, your will be given pre-conference assignments to complete and bring to the workshop for review with conference leaders. These assignments are designed to help you prepare your ten-poem manuscript and begin to focus on the many elements of your writing that make your poetry uniquely your own. You will also be given a packet of course materials: the Tupelo Truchas Writer’s Tool Kit.


Faculty Profiles

Jeffrey Levine

jelJeffrey 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, Jubilo, 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. He has served for seven years on the core faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences and is Director of the esteemed Tupelo Press Writing Conferences.

Lauren Camp:

Lauren Camp

Lauren Camp is author of two previous books of poems, This Business of Wisdom (West End Press, 2010) and The Dailiness(Edwin E. Smith, 2013), which was an “Editor’s Pick” by World Literature Today and winner of the National Federation of Press Women’s 2014 Poetry Book Prize. Since 2004, she has produced and hosted Santa Fe Public Radio’s “Audio Saucepan,” which entwines music with contemporary poetry. She lives in New Mexico.

“We’ll focus our time together on vision, sonics and shifts—all of which are necessary to a successful poem. We’ll discuss the music of the line, and the grounding as a poem turns and builds. Have you considered where you need the reader’s hesitation, or where the words should continue with urgency? We’ll pay attention to the visual arrangement, identifying options that might strengthen the meaning of the work. We’ll strategize to fortify poems with sound currents and wisdom lines to carry a reader through to the end. ”

Veronica Golos:

author photoblack and whiteDSC_Veronica Golos is the author of Vocabulary of Silence, winner of the New Mexico Book Award, poems from which are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi, and A Bell Buried Deep, co-winner of the 16th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize (Story Line Press), to be re-issued by Tupelo Press.  Her most recent poetry book is Rootwork: The Lost Writings of John Brown & Mary Day Brown, (3: A Taos Press, 2015).

Golos’s poems are anthologized in The Poet’s Craft, Annie Finch, Editor, Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined, Ley Lines, editor Harvey Hix, Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poets, editor Dean Kostos, Somerset Hall Press, 2008, among others.

Her work has appeared in journals including Spillway, Meridians, Drunken Boat, Orion, Cimarron, Contemporary World Literature, Sin Fronteras, Verso (Paris), Poetry (London), Rattle, World Literature Magazine Spring’s Forum (Syria), www.nabee.awatf.comwww.saddana.com, (UAE), www.shenrayar.com/ar, (Iraq) www.Alimbaratur.com (Denmark) and Maqal (Kuwait). Golos has lectured at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, Hunter College, Julliard School of Music, Regis University, University of New Mexico and Colorado State College.

Golos is the Poetry Editor for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Harvard Divinity School), and co-editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. She lives in Taos, NM, with her husband, David Pérez.

“Reading Deeply, Writing Deeply.  In a safe and intimate setting, we will look beneath the surface of the poems — taking our time in discussion, and seeking ways to deepen the voice and language, or, to bring forth the poem that hovers just underneath.  We will also practice how to listen closely, to our own reading of our poem, and to another’s reading.”

Maggie Smith

bio-photo-2Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Weep Up (Tupelo Press, September 2017); The  Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015); and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005). Smith is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Plume, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. PRI (Public Radio International) called it “the official poem of 2016.”

Smith has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, among others. She lives in Bexley, Ohio, and is a freelance writer and editor

Contact Information

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

Payment Procedure & Refund Policy

The conference registration fee is $1,300.

Refund Policy: Refund up to September 10 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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banner photo credit:  Truchas Peaks Place