Bookish Goodness at the Catskill Interpretive Center

Poetry Barn's table at the Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair

Poetry Barn's table at the Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair

The Second Annual Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair, a working collaboration between the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Writers in the Mountains and Poetry Barn, was a wonderful convergence of literature and nature. Though the wind played a few tricks on exhibitors while setting up their tables, the weather gods, overall, were kind to us, delivering clear blue skies, plenty of sun, and mild temperatures.

An exhibitors’ tent featured books from such regional publishers as Black Dome Press, McPherson & Co., Bushwhack Books, Calling All Poets, Hope Farm Press, Post Traumatic Press, Purple Mountain Press and WoodstockArts—twenty-four booksellers in all!

The number of presenters for the Fair increased from forty last year to more than seventy this year. Writers in the Mountains and Poetry Barn authors read from their works from 11:30-1:00 in Venue B at the fair. Poetry Barn's slate of readers included Simona David, Tina Barry, Soraya Shalforoosh, Ana Silva, Ryan Clinesmith, Marcia Loughran, and Doug Anderson.

The afternoon concluded with a wonderful panel titled “Songwriting in the Catskills,” featuring 2014 Blues Hall of Fame inductee and “folk blues legend” Elly Wininger, songwriter Dave Kearney of Pine Hill, Thunder Ridge fiddler and solo performance artist Dorraine Scofield, and naturalist/musician James Krueger—a fitting coda to a day-long deep immersion in the region’s book and cultural lore.

Along with the book fair the well-appointed Catskill Interpretive Center was open to help visitors plan their next hike, water adventure or tour of the Catskills.

Poetry Barn at the Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair

Poetry Barn at the Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair

A remarkable mix of publishers, exhibitors, workshops and authors—including two special guests with books of regional significance—are coming together for the Second Annual Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair at the Center on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair is a working collaboration between the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Writers in the Mountains and Poetry Barn.

Poetry Barn Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Summer Of Love

Poetry Barn Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Summer Of Love

“Summer of Love: #PeaceLovePoetry” is a series of poetry events inspired by the underground literary and arts flourish leading up to 1967. From Flower Power: Poetry of War and Healing, to Significant Others: The Women Beats, the fiftieth anniversary of the cultural phenomenon will be explored through the Poetry Barn’s home neighboring Woodstock.“The core values of the movement—compassion, social consciousness, and environmental awareness—are undergoing a resurgence,” observes Poetry Barn’s founding director Lissa Kiernan.

Third Fridays at Woodstock Library

We're excited to announce our second season of "Third Fridays at Woodstock Library." Each third Friday from April - November, we feature readings by notable writers from the area and beyond, then turn over the mic to our talented audience.

Interested in sharing a poem, song, or story during the open mic? Simply choose a slot on the sign-up sheet that will be provided prior to the reading. Readings take place promptly at 6:30 pm; the open-mic begins at 7:30 pm.

Many thanks to Woodstock Library Director Jessica Kerr, Librarian Kim Apolant, and all the members of the library staff for their support and generosity.

2017 SCHEDULE

April 21: Mike Jurkovic & Robert Burke Warren

May 19: Post Traumatic Press Authors

  • Leslie Gerber - Lies of the Poets and The Edge of Sleep
  • Susan Hoover - The Mathematics of Disengagement
  • Sharon Israel - Voice Lesson
  • Judith Kerman - Postcards from America
  • Alison Koffler - The Others and Animal Trance
  • Gretchen Primack - Kind
  • Walt Nygard - The Summer Joe Joined the Army
  • Dayl Wise - Basic Load

June 16: Warren Wilson MFA Program Alumni

July 21

  • Doug Anderson
  • Matt Spireng

August 18: Stonecoast MFA Program: Faculty & Alumni

September 15: Emerging & Spoken Word Poets

  • Ryan Clinesmith
  • Gabriela Garcia
  • Bad Stanza
  • Xandra Seline
  • Arianna White

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Poetry Barn to Host Gail Straub for Woodstock Bookfest

Gail Straub, best-selling author and co-director, Empowerment Institute

Gail Straub, best-selling author and co-director, Empowerment Institute

We are honored to be chosen as the host for Gail Straub's Woodstock Bookfest one-day intensive workshop: Life Story’s Two Essential Partners: Fact & Imagination.

Gail states of her workshop: "No one can create your story except you. When fact and imagination are in intimate partnership the most transformative and effective writing occurs . . . in a fluid mysterious way that is often astonishing."

Gail Straub is the author of five books including the best selling Empowerment, the award-winning feminist memoir Returning to My Mother’s House, and most recently the fairy tale Réveil . . . and the Old One at the Edge of the World. Currently she is working on a book exploring landscape as a pathway to consciousness. A pioneer in the field of empowerment, she co-directs the Empowerment Institute, a school for transformative social change where over the last three decades she has offered her work to tens of thousands of people worldwide.

2017 marks the 8th annual Woodstock Bookfest, under the directorship of Martha Frankel. From April 27 – April 30, 2017, the event will host a plethora of classes, panels, keynotes, their infamous Story Slam, parties and more, all in the unique surroundings of Woodstock, New York.