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The Rancho Linda Vista artists community is a pioneer in the emergence of Arizona’s vibrant arts scene. Over the years many poets of note have spent time here—writing, giving public readings, exploring the desert, sharing ideas and collaborating with resident artists.

To honor this rich creative exchange, we are launching our first writers workshop on the eve of our 50th year celebration. We are very excited that the award-winning poet Adrian Matejka has agreed to lead the weeklong inaugural workshop.


NOTE: new deadline & lower fee

When: November 4-11, 2017 (still relatively warm and comfortable)

Where: Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, Arizona
(Located on an historic adobe guest ranch located in the scenic Sonora Desert, 40 miles from Tucson, and for nearly half a century home to artists and their families. Learn more.)

Workshop fee: $850 (includes room and meals)

Application deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017 before Midnight

Workshop leader: Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka—born in Nuremberg, Germany, 1971—is an African-American poet who grew up in California and Indiana. He earned his BA from Indiana University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The Big Smoke (2013), his third poetry collection, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is Map to the Stars.

The workshop will include morning workshopping with approximately ten participants; and free time in the afternoon for writing, revision, or outside activities. Evenings will include readings, conversation, and/or music. A final presentation for RLV residents and invited public will take place on the last evening. Room and meals will be supplied.

A unique opportunity

Stroll sandy arroyos or desert paths set amidst giant boulders, giant blue agaves, and stands of scrub oak. Find a rock ledge on which to write, while hawks circle above. Wander into the barnyard and find artists working in their studios or outside swapping stories. At RLV visiting poets have a rare chance to create in a bucolic, charming and somewhat funky setting that faces smack onto the north face of Mount Lemmon, with nothing but desert wilderness in between. The ranch counts many poets as constant and good friends, among them Gerald Stern, W.S. Merwin, William Pitt Root, Pamela Uschuk and Charles Alexander of Chax Press. Over the years, many of the artists too have worked on individual collaborations with poets, creating broadsides, chapbooks and the like.

Application Guidelines

To apply please send the following as an email attachment (PDF, Word or Rich Text Format) before Midnight on Saturday, July 15, to rlvworkshop@gmail.com:

  1. Name and home address, email and phone number

  2. In 300 words or less, describe yourself, your current project and what you hope to accomplish during the workshop.

  3. Include no less than three and no more than eight pages of poetry. (Within these parameters, poems can be as short or long as you like, and formatted as you intend them to be read.)

PRINT or DOWNLOAD a PDF version of these Application Guidelines.


Guests at Other Times

During the regular course of the year, various accommodations are available for rent to serious writers and other artists. Learn more...