December 13-16, 2019

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 Santa Fe. Truchas Peaks Place offers workshop participants a spacious adobe-style hacienda, panoramic views, astonishing 12,000-book library, sumptuous decor and cuisine.

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truchas+golden+moments+dotyProgram Description

Conceived and presented by some 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, Founder and Publisher of Tupelo Press, Katie Farris, Cassandra Cleghorn, Veronica Golos, and Ilya Kaminsky.

Working with an intimate group of participants over a four-day period (December 13 – 16th, 2019), 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:

  • revision strategies that work for your poems;
  • demystifying 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. *


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 Katie Farris, Ilya Kaminsky, Cassandra Cleghorn, and Veronica Golos, who will likewise be present and available throughout (see bios below).

Before and after the working sessions all 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, with 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.)


DECEMBER 13-16, 2019

Please plan to arrive on Friday, 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.

Directions and Transportation

Truchas Peaks Place is located on 1671 Highway 76 in Truchas, New Mexico. Area airports are at Santa Fe and Albuquerque. 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 conference of your full-length or chapbook manuscript, time to be arranged prior to or after the workshop weekend. Those who opt for a full (paid) manuscript review, will have their conference scheduled at Truchas as well. 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 $1,400. 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, you 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 At the Kinnegad Home for the Bewildered is forthcoming from Salmon Press in February 2019. 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 is Director of the esteemed Tupelo Press Writing Conferences.

Ilya Kaminsky:

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Ukraine and currently lives in San Diego. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press) and the forthcoming Deaf Republic. He is also a co-editor of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and co-translator with Jean Valentine of Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books) among other books. His work has been translated into numerous languages and published in such journals as American Poetry Review, Poetry, McSweeneys, Kenyon Review and included into Best American Poetry and Pushcart anthologies. His awards include Whiting Writers Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, Lannan Foundation Fellowship and the Dorset Prize.

Katie Farris:

Katie Farris is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and translator. She is the author of the hybrid-form text boysgirls (Marick Press, 2011), and the chapbooks Thirteen Intimacies (Fivehundred Places, 2017), and Mother Superior in Hell (forthcoming from Dancing Girl in 2019). Most recently she is winner of Fairy Tale Review’s Flash Fairy Tale Prize, the 2018 Anne Halley Poetry Prize from the Massachusetts Review, and the 2017 Orison Anthology Prize in Fiction. She is also the translator of several books of poetry from the French, Chinese, and Russian. Her translations and original work have appeared in anthologies published by Penguin and Graywolf, as well as literary journals including Virginia Quarterly Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, and The Massachusetts Review. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University.

Cassandra Cleghorn:

cassandra cleghornCassandra Cleghorn’s Four Weathercocks was published in 2016 by Marick Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Paris Review, Yale Review, Poetry International, Colorado Review, Boston Review, Field and Tin House. She lives in Vermont, is Senior Lecturer in English and Chair of American Studies at Williams College, regularly reviews poetry for Publishers Weekly, and serves as poetry editor of Tupelo Press. For more info see www.cassandracleghorn.com


Veronica Golos:

Veronica Golos is the author of the poetry books, 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.

Contact Information

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

Payment Procedure & Refund Policy

The conference registration fee is $1,400.

Refund Policy: Refund up to November 1st, 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