Thank you for making Poetry & Pie such a wonderful afternoon!

We had a perfect day in a perfect setting, with beautiful readings, an engaged audience, and enough pie to feed an army.

Thank you so much to Sweetland Farm, James Crews, Dede Cummings, Mary Kane, Taylor Mardis Katz, our talented open mic readers, our pie bakers, our gate keepers, our families, and everyone else who lent a hand and support. We made magic together!

See photos and read one attendee's reflections on the event.

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Join Literary North and poets James Crews, Dede Cummings, and Mary Kane for our very first
Poetry & Pie event on Saturday, July 29.

We'll gather in the big barn at Sweetland Farm to revel in a summer afternoon, listen to poems, and eat pie. Following the readings, we'll have an open mic where attendees can share original work. In addition, our friend, poet Taylor Mardis Katz, will be joining us to compose bespoke poems on her vintage typewriter for you (for an extra fee).


The Details


Poetry readings by James Crews, Dede Cummings, and Mary Kane, followed by Q&A, followed by open mic. All accompanied by pie!

During the afternoon, you can commission custom poems from Vermont poet-for-hire, Taylor Mardis Katz. Poems are offered on a sliding scale basis, and will be written on a portable Remington typewriter. This one-of-a-kind poetry artifact will be yours to keep as a remembrance of all the poetry that summer in Vermont has to offer.


Saturday, July 29, 2017. Barn doors open at 1:30 pm. Readings and Q&A from 2:00 to 3:00 pm; open mic from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

For the open mic, readers will sign up at the door, then we'll choose the reading order randomly. Readers can read for up to five minutes. Original work only, please.



Sweetland Farm, 715 Route 132, Norwich, Vermont


$6, includes readings and cool beverages, and pie, savory and sweet, and a souvenir pencil. Custom poems are offered on a sliding sale of $10 to $25.



The poets


James Crews' work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. His first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and received a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award. His second book of poetry, Telling My Father won the Cowles Prize and will be published by SMSU Press later this year. He lives with his partner on an organic farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont, just a few miles from the Robert Frost Stone House.

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>> Read James' poem "My Father Asks For One Last Thing" in the New Republic.

Dede Cummings is a writer, literary agent/publisher and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Her poetry has been published in Mademoiselle, The Lake, InQuire, Vending Machine Press, Kentucky Review, Connotation Press, Mom Egg Review, Pigroot Press, and Bloodroot Literary Magazine. She was a Discover/The Nation poetry semi-finalist and was recently awarded a writer’s grant and a partial fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Dede was the recipient of the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and her full-length poetry book entitled To Look Out From was published in April 2017. Dede lives in Vermont where she designs books and runs the startup Green Writers Press.

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>> Read Dede's poems "The Marriage"and "The Bath."

Mary Kane's poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, on Poetry Daily, on the website's "Poem of the Moment" feature and elsewhere. She is the author of several chapbooks, including An Alternative to Psychoanalysis, After We Talk About the Recent Deaths of our Parents and About Compassion as Handled by Chekov, and She Didn't Float. Her full-length poetry collection is Door. She lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts, with her husband Vincent and daughter Lily and teaches writing and poetry at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

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>> Listen to Mary read her poem "For the Hoarders" for Poetry Sunday on WCAI.