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MONADNOCK PASTORAL POETS & WRITERS RETREAT XIII

THE RETREAT

For over a quarter of a century this group of writers has gathered annually to celebrate new work and publications as the New Pastoral Poets and Writers. These award-winning writers have been anthologized in China for over a decade including a book On the Monadnock: The New American Pastoral Poets (Chinese Drama Press: Beijing, 2006). They have spent decades staying true to language written beneath the shadow of the mountain Emerson, Thoreau and Kinnell made famous—Mount Monadnock.

Please join us for the annual gathering of the Monadnock New Pastoral Poets & Writers as they host their weekend poetry retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Conference Center in Greenfield, NH.

The weekend will be low-key, collegial, but full with small group (6 maximum) workshops (a primary workshop which meets twice and an optional single-session secondary workshop that meets once), an individual conference with mentors, readings by participants, writing time, social time, optional activities such as Saturday night acoustic folk music by The Grumbling Rustics. The conference concludes with the 27th annual reading of mentors followed by a closing banquet.

There will also be opportunity to enjoy the almost 350 acres of hiking trails at the Harris Center on Otter Lake. See: www.bchcenter.org or e-mail rmartin1@keene.edu for additional details.

 Registration is limited to maintain small workshop size. Deadline, March 21, 2017

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Friday Evening (April 27):
Wine and cheese reception 7 p.m.
American renga ceremony 7:30 p.m.

Saturday (April 28):
Breakfast (buffet style) : 8 a.m.
Primary Workshop 9:30–11 a.m.
Lunch (buffet style): noon
Participants reading 1–2 p.m.
Optional workshop//Indiv. conf./
Leisure activities: 2–4 p.m.
Dinner (buffet style): 6 p.m.
Participants reading 7– 8:30 p.m.
Acoustic music: 8:45 – 10 p.m.
Sunday (April 30):
Breakfast: (buffet style) 8 a.m.
Primary Workshop 9:15—11:15 a.m.
Lunch: (buffet style) noon
Indiv. conf./writing
Optional presentation workshop 1–2 p.m.
27th Pastoral Poets Reading 2:15—3:45 p.m.
Closing Banquet: 4 p.m.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration deadline: 3-23-18 
Includes meals and private or semi-private cabin lodging, two workshops, individual conference with mentor, readings, and closing banquet, Adult Friendly Cabin (4 guests) $390, Lodge Double: $445, Lodge single: $540. Day Rate: $298 (meals but no lodging). Late fee (space available) add $50 (after 3-23-18) (Online payment option, add $15 processing fee

Primary Workshop (Meets twice)
Fiction/Drama (T. Farish, D. Mulligan)
Prose/Personal Narrative: (P. Bernard )
Poetry: (J. Hodgen/J. Beschta; S. Roney-O’Brien, H. Walters, [R. Martin, Sat p.m. Indiv.])

Please include with application 3 poems or 3-
5 pages of fiction or prose you’d like to workshop.

The Mentors:

Yusef Komonyakaa chose Pam Bernard’s Across The Dark as a Main Street Rag Poetry Award in 2002. She serves on the faculty of NHIA and Franklin Pierce University. The most recent of her four collections is a verse novel titled Esther (Cavenkerry Press: 2015)

Award-winning poet Jim Beschta, author of Cutting the Cemetery Lawn and North From Yaounde, (Adastra Press: 2009) and teaches on the poetry faculty of the Worcester Art Museum.

Novelist Terry Farish’s seventh book, The Good Braider, won the 2013 Lupine Award. Her children’s book The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup won the NH Reading Association’s Book of the Year and been released in Japan. She has written three adult novels and three novels for adolescents.

John Hodgen has won AWP’s Donald Hall Prize, and the Grolier Poetry Prize among his many awards. , The Univ. of Pitt. Press released his 4th book of poetry, Heaven and Earth Holding Company in 2010.

Rodger Martin, co-editor of The Granite State Poetry Series, has an Appalachia award for poetry He has three poetry books: The Battlefield Guide, The Blue Moon Series and The Nemo Poems.

Diane V. Mulligan has written two novels for adults, What She Inherits (2017) and The Latecomers Fan Club (2013), which was named a 2014 IndieReader Discovery Award winner. Her first novel Watch Me Disappear (2012), which was for young adults, was a Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Award finalist in 2013.

Susan Roney-O’Brien, winner of Nightshade Press’s William and Kingman Page Poetry Book Award and NEATE’s Poet of the Year, she has published two books of poetry, Farmwife and Earth. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Diner.

Henry Walters’ Field Guide A Tempo (Hobble- bush: 2015) became the ninth title of The Granite State Poetry Series. His poetry won The Better Magazine poetry award for 2013.

 


Comments or questions are welcome.

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  Double
Single
Day Rate (meals but no lodging)

Late fee (space available) add $50 (after 3-23-18)
(Online payment option, add $15

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Make checks payable to:
Monadnock Pastoral Poetry Retreat
Mail to: 30 North Rd., Hancock, NH 03449

Questions please call (603) 525.4715
Cancellation fee: $100 until 3-23-18, $225 after 3-23-18 and before 4-14-18.