The Orion in the Wilderness retreat, cosponsored by the Omega Institute, was held from March 8 to March 14 at the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station in Cave Creek Canyon in Portal, Arizona, surrounded by the Chiricahua Mountains, known for their abundant bird life and hiking trails. The retreat included workshops, readings, lectures, manuscript consultations with faculty, presentations on local ecology and lore, and optional birding and hikes for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The faculty included poet Sherwin Bitsui and fiction and nonfiction writers Joe Wilkins and Joy Williams. The cost of the conference, which included tuition, lodging, and meals, ranged from $1,100 to $1,900, depending on lodging. Using only the online application system, writers submitted up to six poems or up to 1,500 words of prose by February 1. There was no application fee. Visit the website for more information.
Orion in the Wilderness, Orion Magazine, 187 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230.