Join us in the Catskills mountains

Peak Color
Poetry Retreat

October 5-8, 2018

 

Reach your personal peak

 
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What's Included

 

+ Shared or private room in gorgeous vacation house
+ 9 hours of master craft workshop
+ 1 public reading at the O+  Kingston Festival
+ 1 reception & dinner
+ 2 lunches
+ 1 brunch
+ Bottomless coffee/tea/water
+ 2 optional field trips to fabulous locations
+ Full Poetry Barn access

Prices: $350-500 with lodging. Commuters: $300.
Limited to ten. Please reserve by 9/15.

 

lodging
$350-500

A gorgeous vacation home just three minutes away by car, or 15 by bike, luxury lodging is just a stone's throw from the Poetry Barn.

The downstairs is open plan with high ceilings. A well-equipped kitchen leads into the dining area with artist-designed lighting fixture giving the dining area a warm glow. The living area is spacious with sofas for lounging in front of the wood burning stove. 

Three bedrooms (each with beds that accommodate two) and two full bathrooms are located upstairs with a half-bath on the first floor. The master bath has a deep soaking tub perched in the corner with windows overlooking the forest. A sauna is located in the Master bathroom. Soaking tub and sauna are available to all to use.

The four acre lot is surrounded by trees, with a back lawn. The wrap-around decks incorporate a gas grill, fire pit & picnic table.

Return to the real world inspired, refreshed and rejuvenated.

 
 

COMMUTERS
$300

Enjoy a world-class poetry retreat by day, and return to the comforts of your home, campsite, or hotel at night. 

 

Master Craft Workshop

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The Living Object:
Image & Movement

Judith Vollmer will present a master workshop that explores the living object.

A poem’s invitation to explore its visual field means paying attention to image and how it works on its own dynamic motion.  

Image might arrive via observation, description, or odd perception, and then it takes off. Cesare Pavese praises the image’s magic in moving downward and through a poem, with a radiant force-field or sphere of its own making.  

In workshops, we’ll work with prompts and objects; do some observational field work; and look at a group of poems by various highly visual poets across traditions and aesthetics.

 

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Judith Vollmer

Visiting master teaching artist Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including The Apollonia Poems, awarded the University of Wisconsin Press Four Lakes Prize (2017). She is recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and fellowships and visiting artist residencies from the Corporation of Yaddo, the American Academy in Rome, and elsewhere.  Other publication prizes include the Brittingham, the Cleveland, and the Center for Book Arts (limited edition) awards. Her collection Reactor was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was featured in the Los Angeles Times Book Review.  Vollmer’s poetry and criticism have appeared in Poetry International, Poet Lore, The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire, The Women’s Review of Books, and Great River Review, among many others.  She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in the low-residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation at Drew University. Read more at http://www.judithvollmer.com/

 

Schedule

Friday, october 5

  • 4:00:  Check in

  • 6:00:  Welcome reception/dinner
  • 8:00:  Firepit or free time

saturday, October 6

  • 10:00: 3 hr workshop with Judith Vollmer
  • 1:00:  Lunch
  • 2:00:  Field Trip 
  • 5:00:  Free time
  • 7:00:  Dinner out
  • 9:00:  Firepit or free time

sunday, October 7

  • 10:00: 3 hr workshop with Judith Vollmer
  • 1:00:   Lunch
  • 2:00:  Field Trip 
  • 5:00:  Free time
  • 7:00:  Dinner out
  • 9:00:  Firepit or free time

monday, October 8

  • 9:00:  3 hr workshop with Judith Vollmer
  • 11:00: Check out
  • 12:00: Send off reception/brunch
 

Register

With Lodging
$350-$500

A luxury vacation home, complete with sauna, whirlpool, decks and chef's kitchen.  Several room types and price points.

 


COMMUTERS & CAMPERS
$300

Drive here daily from your home and return to the comfort of your own bed for the night. Or pitch your tent in one of the area's beautiful campgrounds on the banks of the Esopus Creek.

 
 
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Become a member & save

Our long-distance migrant members enjoy all the benefits of other membership types, plus take 10% off retreats. 

An environment where great ideas are nurtured in a professional, warm manner. The quality of faculty is equal to any live professional workshop I have participated in including the San Miguel Poetry Week.
— Lois P. Jones, poet and host of Poets Cafe (Pacifica Radio), Los Angeles

 

 

 Getting here 

 

 
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Poetry Barn
1693 State Route 28A
West Hurley, NY 12491

 

CAR

  • from WOODSTOCK: NY-375 S TO NY-28 W TO RESERVOIR ROAD TO NY-28A E
  • from PHOENICIA: NY-28 E TO RESERVOIR ROAD TO NY-28A E
  • from KINGSTON: NY-28 W TO WAUGHKONK RD (MAKE LEFT AT HICKORY BBQ). TURN RIGHT AT NY-28A W
  • from WEST SHOKAN: NY-28A E
  • from HIGH FALLS, ROSENDALE, STONE RIDGE:  NY-213 W TO NY-28A TO NY-28A E
  • from NYC: I-87N TO EXIT 19, FOLLOW 28W TO 28A WEST

train

Take MetroNorth to Poughkeepsie or Amtrak to Rhinecliff.  Need a pickup? Just let us know!

bus

Trailways to Kingston. Need a pickup? Just let us know.

AIRPLANE

We are closest to Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY (SFA).  Albany Airport (ALB) is just a few miles further away.  Newark Airport (EWR) and NYC airpots are also options.

 

Principle photography © Chris Abramides