Soul Mountain Retreat

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The Soul Mountain Retreat is a writer's colony in East Haddam, Connecticut, USA.


The retreat was established in 2004 with a grant from the University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences[1] by the writer and former Connecticut poet laureate Marilyn Nelson. The idea for creating the retreat grew out of the Cave Canem workshops.[2]

Soul Mountain offers fellowships to "emerging and established poets"[3] with an emphasis on supporting writers belonging to traditionally underrepresented racial or cultural groups.[4]

The non-profit organization has established partnerships with African Continuum Theater Company, Cave Canem, Kundiman, the University of Connecticut, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.[5]

Past Fellows[edit]

Past fellows have included Samiya Bashir, Sherwin Bitsui, Kwame Dawes, LeAnne Howe, Tara Betts, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran,[6] Allison Hedge Coke, Harryette Mullen, Bushra Rehman, and Afaa M. Weaver.[7]


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Coordinates: 41°26′07″N 72°19′55″W / 41.4353°N 72.3320°W / 41.4353; -72.3320