Oaxaca,  October 27-31, 2014

5th 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: Maria Baranda, Rocío González, Guadalupe Ángela

Natalia Toledo (Zapotec language)

Welcome to our 5th Annual Poetry Conference!  Join established and emerging poets  and like-minded writing professionals for a week of inspiring literary discourse and cultural immersion during one of Oaxaca's most important celebrations of the year, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  We plan to add a remarkable week of poetic discourse to Oaxaca's existing vibrant cultural scene.  With a faculty of notable American poets and readings by renowned Mexican poets, along with talented participants visiting this stunning colonial city - there is no doubt this will be one of our most inspirational conferences to date. Join a Dia de los Muertos parade, 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 an indigenous artesanias market and more...AND:

Participate in writing workshops with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Anselm Berrigan and Catherine Wagner;  a discussion and writing workshop with Andrei Codrescu; three thought-provoking afternoon discussions with Ron Silliman; one-on-one editing and writing consultations with Larry Fagin; and translation workshops with Clare Sullivan.  Add to this, our nightly public readings by faculty and featured Mexican poets, Maria Baranda, Rocío González, Guadalupe Ángela and Natalia Toledo. Our week ends with a group reading by all participants on the eve of Dia de los Muertos!  We are including a special one-hour lecture on Zapotec language this year and other cultural activities abound. Find them here

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.