Poetry & Pie II was even better than we had imagined!

There were so many wonderful people, poets, and pies. The weather was perfect, with the sunlight and breezes floating through the barn doors. Didi, Julia, and Ocean read beautifully, and had thoughtful answers to our audience questions. The sound of Taylor's typewriter in the corner as she wrote poems was the perfect accompaniment. Clay Hill Flower Co. provided spectacular flower arrangements. Our family and friends helped us set up, baked incredible pies, managed the parking, manned the welcome table, emceed the open mic, and helped us clean it all up afterwards. The Norwich Bookstore stayed all afternoon to make sure everyone who wanted a book could get one. Special thanks go to Sweetland Farm. We can't imagine a more welcoming and perfect space than their barn, or more generous and enthusiastic hosts.

Thank you to each and every one of you who attended, who read, who baked, who ate, who helped! See you next July! 

Please Join us And

Didi Jackson, Julia Shipley, and Ocean Vuong

for Poetry & Pie
Saturday, July 21, 2018


We've invited the poets and the barn swallows, and now we're inviting you!
Please join us on Saturday, July 21 for poetry readings, conversations with the poets, open mic readings, and pies pies pies!

The Details


Poetry readings by Didi Jackson, Julia Shipley, and Ocean Vuong, 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.

Books will be available for sale through our friends at The Norwich Bookstore.





Saturday, July 21, 2018. Barn doors open at 2:30 pm. Readings and Q&A from 3:00 to 4:00 pm; open mic from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

To participate in the open mic, just sign up at the door; we'll choose the reading order randomly. You can read for up to five minutes. Original work only, please.




Sweetland Farm, 715 Route 132, Norwich, Vermont



Sliding scale donation of $6 to $10, includes readings and cool beverages, and pie, savory and sweet,  a souvenir pencil, and a Poetry & Pie 2018 bookmark. Custom poems are offered on a sliding sale of $10 to $25.



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The Poets


Didi Jackson's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Common, and Water~Stone Review among other publications. Her manuscript, Almost Animal, (now Killing Jar) was a finalist for the Alice James Book Award, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, and the Autumn House Press first book award. Didi's first collection of poems, Killing Jar, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Her chapbook, Slag and Fortune, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly (2013). Currently, she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts, 20th c. Poetry of War and Witness, and Creative Writing at the University of Vermont and serves as the poetry editor for Green Mountains Review.

>> Watch Didi read at the 2014 Burlington Book Festival



Julia Shipley is the author of a debut collection, The Academy of Hay, which won the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2016 Vermont Book Award. Her prose book Adam's Mark: Writing from the Oxhouse was named a 2014 best book about New England by the Boston Globe.  A recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place and The Studios of Key West, she has also received support from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council. Her poems and essays have appeared in 32 Poems, Barrelhouse, The Collagist, FIELD, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review online, North American Review, Orion Magazine, Poetry, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner online, The Rumpus, Salamander, Utne Reader and Verse Daily. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is a contributing editor and columnist for Yankee Magazine, as well as a contributing writer to Seven Days: Vermont's Independent Weekly, and Nieman Storyboard, a publication of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

>> Listen to Julia reading her poem "This Thing of Ours."


Photo by Tom Hines

Photo by Tom Hines

Ocean Vuong is a poet and essayist and the author of the best-selling, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, the debut was a winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Warsan Shire, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst. He is currently at work on his first novel.

>> Listen to Ocean read his poem "Head First."