A literary center located in New York's Catskill Park, Poetry Barn offers workshops, readings, retreats, and the largest independent poetry lending library in the region.

Located ten miles from Woodstock and surrounded by the Catskill mountains and Ashokan reservoir, we look to nature for inspiration and act as a pollinator habitat for art. 




A new home for poetry in the Catskills

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From our beginnings as on online community of friends, we've evolved into a state-of-the-art literary center.



Offering online workshops since 2007, we now also offer a monthly workshop at the barn for members.


Join us for an inspiring weekend of poetry steeped in the vibrance of fall in the Catskills.


We hold over 2,000 volumes of poetry, freely browsable, and lendable to members.


We sponsor a yearly reading series featuring emerging and master writers from all genres and benefiting local charities.

Poetry Barn has provided me with a poetry community with whom I can have conversations without any fear.
— Nandini Dhar, Poet & Publisher


We help develop the voices of poets of all ages and stages, nurture emerging poetry educators, and celebrate the greater-good benefits of working collaboratively.


poetry students

We've served over 1000 poets. Some  have published their first poems from our workshops. Others have honed award-winning collections.




Working poets value our online self-paced workshops led by master teaching artists.



teaching artists

We're honored to provide teaching artists with a fulfilling supplemental income stream.



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, 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.  


Get Involved

Sign Up For a workshop

Write in a collaborative environment led by supportive teaching artists.

become a member

Enjoy benefits while helping us sustain our library and programs.

Make a Donation

Our donors provide support for our library and its programs.


Peak Color Retreat

October 6-9

Join us for an incredible weekend of poetry steeped in the vibrance of fall in the Catskills!