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Jan Freeman is the author of Blue Structure, Simon Says, Hyena, and Autumn Sequence, and the co-editor of Sisters: An Anthology. Her poems have been widely published in literary journals, such as American Poetry Review, the Massachusetts Review, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Ekphrastic, and The Women's Review of Books. Her new poetry is forthcoming in Plume.

Jan founded Paris Press in 1995 to publish The Life of Poetry by Muriel Rukeyser and many other groundbreaking yet overlooked books of poetry and prose by women, including works by Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, and Ruth Stone. She directed Paris Press from 1995 – 2018, and achieved long-deserved national and international acclaim for all of the Paris Press titles in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and other newspapers, on NPR, in literary and academic journals, trade publications, and in other general and specialized publications. In 2018, Paris Press was acquired by Wesleyan University Press, and the Paris Press archives were acquired by the Amherst College Frost Library.

She now provides poetry and prose manuscript consultations, marketing advice, and editorial services to poets, writers and publishers throughout the U.S. Jan is completing a new collection of poetry, Mobius, which addresses grief, identity, and family. Many of the poems in Mobius are in conversation with the work of contemporary women painters.


Join Jan Freeman for a Poetry Retreat at the Studios at MASS MoCA in the heart of the Berkshires.

Write and revise poems, focus on your manuscript, and enjoy daily writing prompts, discussions, readings, and walks through autumn foliage. Explore how you can use visual art and metaphor to express your deepest emotions.

Paintings, sculptures, and metaphor springing from the natural landscape can feed our imaginations and help us access memories, feelings, and language with immediacy and surprise. Join this intimate workshop to create poems as you explore the visual feasts of MASS MoCA, The Clark Art Institute, and the Williams College Museum of Art in the Berkshires. New and experienced poets are welcome.

A private 90-minute manuscript consultation or a consultation about individual poems is included. More in-depth manuscript consultations are available upon request.



Private writing studio at the museum, with 24/7 access. Private bedroom (queen-sized bed) with shared bathroom and kitchen in two four-bedroom apartments across the street from MASS MoCA.

Free admission to MASS MoCA, the Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Museum of Art throughout the week. Free parking.

Welcome dinner on Oct. 23. Lunches at MASS MoCA’s eatery Lickety Split, Oct. 24 – Oct. 28.


$1,500, with limited financial assistance available. Payable by check to Jan Freeman, P.O.Box 487, Ashfield, MA 01330, or via Venmo @ Jan-Freeman-7.

To reserve your space, contact: Jan Freeman