Poetry Barn looks to nature for inspiration and acts as a pollinator habitat for poetry and its sister arts.

A fiscally-sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) organization, our mission is to nurture poetry education, inspiration, and appreciation. We do so by sponsoring workshops, retreats, research, roundtables, readings, events, and a comprehensive independent poetry library freely accessible to the public.

Nestled in the foothills of Catskill Park in Hudson Valley, we are surrounded by the protected lands of the Ashokan Reservoir, part of the New York City watershed.


May 1- December 1
By Appointment & For Events


1693 State Route 28A
West Hurley, NY 12491






Onsite and Online Workshops

Offering online workshops since 2007, we now also offer a monthly workshop at the barn for members, and ad-hoc workshops in season (April-December).


We hold over 2,500 volumes of poetry, freely accessible to the public and lendable to members.


We design signature seasonal retreats in our inspiring location with peer poets and master teaching artists.


We sponsor an annual reading series benefiting local charities.



Originating in 2007 as a group of far-flung friends who exchanged critiques online, Poetry Barn began offering online workshops to the public in 2011.

In 2015, we transformed into a state-of-the-art literary center located in New York's Hudson Valley. 

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