A place to unwind, explore, listen, reflect, and write.





The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative is dedicated to promoting, fostering, and inspiring the reading and writing of poetry by: a) facilitating a cross-cultural network of information-sharing on the art of poetry, b) helping develop the voices of under-served poets by offering several free workshops each year, c) providing an asynchronous poetry education setting in which our teaching artists and student artists exchange ideas and information at the convenience of their own schedules, from their own homes, reducing their impact on the environment, d) encouraging peer-to-peer feedback among members, and committing to the greater-good benefits of working cooperatively



Launched in 2011 to public


Fractured Atlas sponsorship in 2013





"Over the past years, this group of hard-working writers has become a family, committed to creating an inclusive space for students of all levels, and to demonstrating a vigorous range of definitions for artistic success."


Popular online poetry workshop provider The Rooster Moans (TRM) today detailed plans to grow its "virtual" community into a literary nexus, including the acquisition of a physical location for retreats and residencies, and the addition of workshops in fiction, literary nonfiction, and playwriting. Founder/director Lissa Kiernan advised that the cooperative will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new location in New York State's Catskill mountains during National Poetry Month, April 2015.

TRM will also begin offering scholarships based on artistic merit and financial need.

Indeigogo - Feb 2014




WetInk: 2014 - early adopter

Kiernan has also partnered with a developer of software custom-built for online writing workshops, providing state-of-the-art interactivity tools and giving all students—past, present and future—continuous free access to a Facebook-style private online community.









  • 17 online workshops

  • 160 students




Acquisition of physical space and branding change to Poetry Barn


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 environment in which to appreciate and practice poetry and its

sister arts. We are dedicated to fostering and inspiring poetry education

by facilitating a 24-7, cross-cultural, international network of

poetry-information sharing, curating and sponsoring readings, helping

develop the voices of emerging poets of all ages and stages, nurturing

emerging poetry educators, and committing to the greater-good benefits of

working collaboratively.


  • 16 online workshops

  • 164 students

  • 15 scholarships




  • 216 students

  • 18 online workshops

    • nuclear poetics

    • eulogy, empathy

  • 3 onsite workshops

  • ashokan reservoir

  • farm to table $300 raised for the reservoir food pantry

  • bookmaking

  • hudson valley haiku





  • 190 students

  • 17 online workshops

  • cost ranged from $100-$300

    • writing poems from the body

    • imitating foremothers

    • writing and motherhood


  • 5 onsite workshops (all by donation)

    • war & healing

    • Summr of Love https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/poetry-barn-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-summer-of-love-300481835.html

  • 8 Third Fridays readings including open mic

  • Ribbon cutting ceremony including open mic

  • Catskill book fair co-sponsor

  • Poetry History Walk in Woodstock https://ulstercountyalive.com/calendar/poet-history-walk-woodstock




  • Launch The Poetry Distillery

  • Launch memberships

  • #MeToo reading

  • Woodstock bookfest https://woodstockbookfest.com/poetry-panel-shadow-selves-writing-persona-poem-2018/


Photos by chris abramides