54th Annual TYCA Northeast Conference

Lighthouse in a Storm:
Shining the Beacon on Student Success

Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, Portland, ME
October 24th - October 26, 2019

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Call for Proposals

TYCA-NE welcomes proposals for presentations, round-table discussions, workshops, and poster sessions that explore this year’s theme, "Lighthouse in a Storm: Shining the Beacon on Student Success." Please visit our Call for Proposals page for more information.


$215 Full time Faculty Early Bird Registration September 16
$225 Full time Faculty and Administrators through October 10
$125 Adjuncts and Retirees through October 10
$100 Grad Students with a current student ID through October 10
$25 Late Registration Fee after October 10

Keynote Speaker: Wesley McNair

Wesley McNair has been called by poet Philip Levine "one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry." He has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA grants in creative writing, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress. He was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America's "finest living artists," and in 2015 was named as the recipient of the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. His latest book of poems is The Unfastening. 

Wesley McNair’s keynote address at the 2019 TYCA Northeast Conference, "What Poetry Has Taught Me," will draw on his work as both poet and educator. His pre-keynote workshop, "The Craft of Free Verse: A Workshop for Teachers, and for Teachers Who Write," will be of interest both to experienced writer-educators and to those seeking a first entry into poetry and its uses in the classroom.

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Hotel: The Westin Portland Harborview

157 High St. Portland, ME 04101


We recommend booking early since October is still "high season" for visiting Portland. Parking is an additional $29 per day on site. The hotel offers a free shuttle service (by reservation) to the Portland Jetport and the Portland Transportation Center (Amtrak Downeaster Service and bus service).

Please book by clicking the button below to get the special conference rate.

Hotel conference rate (+9% lodging tax):
Single: $185 | Double: $185 | Triple: $205 | Quad: $225

Local Accommodations & Attractions

Nestled on the southern coast, Portland, Maine’s largest city, sits on a peninsula with views of Casco Bay to the south and east, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the north and west. The city boasts a vibrant arts district including several museums and galleries, a working waterfront, and a generous offering of nationally honored restaurants. A stay in Portland is memorable with a walk through history on cobblestone streets, time in a quiet corner bookstore, or a ferry ride to the islands of Casco Bay. Local coffee, lobster rolls, ocean views— there’s nothing quite like a visit to Maine’s biggest little city.