Conference Overview

It would be best to arrive Saturday, October 25, since most flights will arrive in the evening.  Sunday is a good day to walk around centro and become familiar with the layout of streets and landmarks.  Daily Schedule.

Plan your own workshop week!  Workshops are conducted on a daily basis and you may work with one poet for one, two, three or all four days.  Daily sign-up sheets are provided. Workshops are intimate and limited to 10 persons each on a first come, first served sign up basis on the day of the workshop.

Sunday, October 26:  6pm-7pm Welcome Reception

Monday, October 27:  8:30am Orientation

Workshops: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.:  9:00am- 11:30am

One-on-One Consultations with Larry Fagin: Mon-Thurs. 2pm - 4:30pm (Limited, advance registration required)

Workshop with Andrei Codrescu: Wed. 10am-12:30pm (all participants)

Lecture on Zapotec language and culture: Tues.: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Discussions with Ron Silliman:  Mon., Thurs., Fri. 5pm - 6pm*

Discussion with Andrei Codrescu: Tues. 5pm-6pm*

Monday through Thursday: Readings at Biblioteca Henestrosa 7:30pm - 8:30pm  Friday: 5:30pm-6:45pm

*Only registered conference participants may attend workshops and private consultations. Faculty and featured readers may join participants for discussions and lectures. Guests and spouses of participants and faculty are welcome to attend our free public readings.

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Workshop, lecture & reading venues are walkable within the historic center of the city.

Spanish lessons:   Becari Language School. $155 for 15 hours in a group class or $255 for 15 hours of private lessons. (additional cost). Please contact Sandra or Martha directly at Becari.

Please contact uspoetsinmexico@verizon with any questions.

Group Activities  (optional)

Sunday:  Visit to Monte Albán ("White Mountain"), is a former Zapotec capital (500BC-750AD) and archaeological site with ruins of pyramids, temples, plazas, residential structures, ceremonial platforms, and tombs with newly discovered paintings and stone carvings. Monte Albán offers excellent 360-degree views of the city and Oaxaca valleys. 9:30am-12:30pm

Monte Albán $20

Includes r/t private van service and an English language guide. Payment must be received by September 1, 2014. Limited to 20 persons.

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Monday morning & afternoon:  Two free walkabouts (or a vintage trolly-$70 pesos) of Oaxaca's historic center to become familiar with the workshop and event locations, cafes and restaurants, artesanias, including 20 de Noviembre market

Wednesday afternoonMuseos de las Culturas de Oaxaca    2pm - 4pm  At cost, pay at the venue. $57 pesos entrance fee, Recommended: $50 pesos for English audio tour. Payable at the venue. Walkable, in centro

Thursday either morning or afternoon:  The Museo de Arte Prehispanico de Mexico Rufino Tamayo. Entrance fee $50pesos payable at the museum, Walkable, in centro.

Friday, October 31:  Visit to Xoxocotlan  to visit the Cementerio Viejo and view altars as families prepare for one of the most beloved and important events of the year,  Dia de los Muertos.  7pm - 10:30pm

Xoxocotlan, Cementerio Viejo $20

Includes r/t private van service, an English language guide, candles, flowers and mezcal.  Payment must be made in advance by September 1, 2014. Limited to 20 persons.

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Saturday, November 1, morning:  Visit to the Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca  English language tour guide   11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $100 pesos  Payable at the venue. Walkable, in centro. 

Saturday, November 1, afternoon; Visit to Pantheon San MIguel cemetery where the Municipal Tourism office organizes activities, including musical performances, lighting of 2400 candles in the main arch and there are some tapetes de levantada de cruz (sand paintings).