Oaxaca,  October 27-31, 2014

USPiM Annual Poetry Conference


Discussion & Workshop with  Andrei Codrescu

Writing Workshops with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Anselm Berrigan & Catherine Wagner 

Three Discussions with Ron Silliman   

Editing/Writing Consultations with Larry Fagin   

Translation Workshops with Clare Sullivan  

Featured Readings: Guadalupe Ángela, Rocío González, and Natalia Toledo

Welcome to the fifth USPiM Poetry Conference!  Join our faculty of notable poets and like-minded writing professionals in Oaxaca for a week of inspiring literary discourse and cultural immersion during the week leading up to Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  USPiM plans to add a remarkable week of poetics to Oaxaca's vibrant cultural scene. 

Our poetry conference notably offers intimate craft and writing workshops, translation workshops, discussions on contemporary poetics, and an introduction to Mexican poets and their work.  We also provide an opportunity to join fellow poets in discovering Mexico's cultural heritage in its most magical towns and colonial cities, and its remarkable archaeological sites and ecological reserves. Spanish lessons are available. Prior conferences have taken place in Merida, Yucatan (2009, 2010, 2013) and Tulum (2011).   USPiM is a not-for-profit organization. Overview & Activities, Register Online, Schedule 

Join USPiM in this stunning colonial city during its most magical time of year; relax on a hotel rooftop at night viewing the stars and surrounding mountains; view Rufino Tamayo's personal collection of Pre-Hispanic artifacts; sip the Best Coffee Ever at Cafe Brujula; visit numerous indigenous artesanias markets, and more.

Previous faculty: C. D. Wright, Forrest Gander, Diane Wakoski, Tom Sleigh, Mark Doty, Jerome Rothenberg, Nicole Cooley, Ron Silliman, Paul Hoover, Mónica de la Torre, Jack Collom, Bob Holman, Mark Weiss, Jen Hofer, Anne Waldman, Pedro Serrano, Martin Espada, Lynn Emanuel and Suzanne Jill Levine.  Previous featured poetas Mexicanos:  José Vicente Anaya, Pura López-Colomé, Coral Bracho, Luis Cortés Bargalló, Rocío Cerón, Bricieda Cuevas Cob (Mayan language), Pedro Serrano,  Mónica de la Torre, Mario Bojórquez, Álvaro Solís, Carla Faesler, Feliciano Sánchez Chan (Mayan language) Rubén Márquez Máximo, Valerie Mejer, Gabriel Magana Merlo, Ambar Past and Maruch Mendes Peres (Tsotzil Mayan language)



Ron Silliman lecture

Ron Silliman lecture

English language poets visit Mexico for a week of inspiring literary discourse and writing workshops with their peers, and are introduced to contemporary Mexican poets and their work.

Cultural Immersion

Monte Alban, Oaxaca

Monte Alban, Oaxaca

Visiting poets learn about local culture, indigenous languages and customs, and visit archaeological sites, museums and ecological sites.


Forrest Gander & Alfonso D'Aquino

Forrest Gander & Alfonso D'Aquino

We introduce poets from the U.S. and Mexico. We encourage and support translation projects. Translation workshops are available with teaching professionals who specialize in Latin American literature - especially Mexican poetry.