Where poems are sown and grown.



Poetry Barn sits in the heart of the Hudson Valley, just 20 minutes from Woodstock, and two hours from New York City. Surrounded by the Ashokan Reservoir and the Catskill and Shawungunk mountains, we take nature as our inspiration and act as a pollinator habitat for art. Designed from the ground up for wonder, inquiry, and contemplation, the barn is stocked with a comprehensive independent poetry collection, as well as offering onsite and online workshops, craft talks, readings, and book arts for all ages.


Poetry Barn's mission is to create and sustain a nurturing, accessible, affordable place to practice poetry and its sister arts. We are dedicated to fostering and inspiring poetry appreciation by facilitating a cross-cultural, international, 24-7 network of poetry information and education sharing. In doing so, we are committed to helping develop the voices of poets of all ages and stages, nurturing emerging poetry educators, and to the greater-good benefits of working collaboratively.


The woods belong to the hunters of dreams, the brooks to the fishers of songs.

~ Sam Walter Foss, poet and librarian

When visiting us for an on-site event, be sure to reserve some time to wander and be renewed by our area's natural beauty. The Catskills are included in Fodor's Go List of 25 can't-miss spots! Make it a weekend, and strike out on one of our area's many trailheads, discover a hidden waterfall, or take in an event at the Woodstock Playhouse, Maverick Concerts, Bethel Woods, or Bearsville Theater. 


We're passionate about poetry.


An environment where great ideas are nurtured in a professional, warm manner. The quality of faculty is equal to any live professional workshop I have participated in including the San Miguel Poetry Week.
— Lois P. Jones, poet and host of Poets Cafe (Pacifica Radio) in Los Angeles and co-producer of Moonday East and West
I have grown in confidence, in ability, in critical judgment - the workshops and the ripples afterwards have made me feel I’m part of a community of writers.
— Kim Peter Kovac, Producing Director, Theater for Young Audiences, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The workshop was a fabulous experience for me and helped to break a bad block I have had for a while! I was able to comfortably fit the assignments into my very busy work week because of the online format, and ended up generating more pieces than were required for the course.
— Ami Kaye, Publisher & Editor of Glass Lyre Press and Pirene’s Fountain
It is not at all an exaggeration to say that Poetry Barn has provided me with a poetry community with whom I can have conversations without any fear. I couldn’t have asked for a better place that would allow me to accomodate poetry writing, while working full-time in an academic job.
— Nandini Dhar, publisher of Elsewhere Lit
A sui generis seismic experience. No other cyberhub has so fruitfully convulsed the creative tectonics of my mind.
— Chris Crittenden, Professor, University of Maine, Machias