WHO WE ARE
Poetry Barn, a new literary center, sits in the heart of the Hudson Valley's 700,000-acre Catskill Park. Surrounded by the mighty Ashokan Reservoir and featuring 180 degree Catskill and Shawungunk mountain views, we take nature as our inspiration and act as a pollinator habitat for art.
WHAT WE DO
Former home of the Harry Everett Smith Memorial Library, a member of the Beats, the barn is designed from the ground up for wonder, inquiry, and contemplation. A 24 x 36' post and beam structure stocked with volumes of poetry, the barn serves as poetry resource to the community by sponsoring workshops, readings, craft talks, and book arts for all ages.
WHERE WE'RE AT
The woods belong to the hunters of dreams, the brooks to the fishers of songs.
~ Sam Walter Foss, poet and librarian
When visiting, reserve some time to wander and be renewed by natural beauty. We sit by the spillway of the Ashokan Reservoir, at the edge of Catskill Park, included in Fodor's Go List of 25 can't-miss spots of 2015. Strike out on one of its many trailheads, or enjoy a journey to one of the area's hidden waterfalls, lakes, or swimming holes.
A passion for poetry.
We subscribe to the qualities of open-mindedness, play, responsiveness, and mutual respect. We believe the real magic happens not only when students learn from teachers, but teachers from students, too. We hold ourselves to the highest standards to ensure your experience is sui generis.