WHO WE ARE The Millay Colony for the Arts is one of the oldest  multidisciplinary artist residencies in the world.  Since its inception by Norma Millay in 1973, we have invited thousands of writers, poets, visual artists, screenwriters, playwrights, filmmakers and composers to come to Steepletop, the estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and activist Edna St. Vincent Millay to reflect, refuel and create in quiet solitude. Most residencies are month-long but we do offer shorter stays several times a year, especially to accommodate the special needs of parent creators.

In addition, we partner with local and regional schools and other organizations for unique and compelling public programs and community outreach initiatives.

WHERE WE ARE The seven-acre Colony is located in the Hudson Valley in the foothills of the Berkshires. The Millay Society, our neighbor, oversees Millay’s house and gardens.  There are designated trails for hiking and bicycling as well as nearby lakes, rivers and streams.  In the summer, wild blueberries and other delicacies abound, while in the winter, there is excellent crosscountry skiing.  Nearby Harvey Mountain State Forest draws visitors year-round.  We are within 30 minutes of Chatham, New York and Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  Other attractions include The Mount, Tanglewood, Norman Rockwell Museum, Chesterwood, MassMOCA, Naumkeag, Jacobs Pillow, PS21, the Columbia County Film Festival and Berkshire Shakespeare & Company.  

FOOD! We provide groceries and Chef Donna cooks delicious family-style dinners weeknights.  We accommodate all dietary restrictions; we also have a bbq grill and firepit (burgers and s’mores anyone?).

ACCOMMODATIONS Our beloved historic Barn (built from a Sears-Roebuck kit in 1926) features four private bedrooms and studios.  The Main Building (fully ADA-accessible) features 3 private bedrooms and 2 studios, as well as shared living/dining/kitchen space. In addition, the Main Building houses the Nancy Graves Memorial Library, a Yamaha U1 upright piano and the Martha Dupee Darkroom.  Other amenities include washer/dryer, WiFI, printer/computer/copier/fax. 


We have two deadlines annually: MARCH 1 and OCTOBER 1.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable.  Applicants are judged blindly by a jury of professionals (including alumni of the Colony) in that field; we are extremely proud of our long history of excellence, diversity and inclusion.  Please visit out Application Page for more information.

For more information, please contact Co-Director and Manager of Residency, Calliope Nicholas at      518-392-3103 or email


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