Another Amazing Poetry & Pie is in the Books and our hearts!

Our first Poetry & Pie in 2017 was only our third event and it was a major leap for this fledgling organization. We learned a lot that first time out and Poetry & Pie II was even better. But, you know, we think that this year’s Poetry & Pie was our best one yet. We’ve honed our event planning skills, but the day’s success really was because of the many talented, patient, and energetic people who help make our literary dreams come true. We owe so many thanks to our community, it’s hard to know where to begin, but here’s a start.

Thank you to…

  • Julia Shipley for making all the introductions.

  • Rena Mosteirin, Dan Chiasson, and GennaRose Nethercott for sharing your poems with such good humor and open hearts.

  • Norah Lake and the crew of Sweetland Farm for providing the perfect setting, making us feel so welcome, and providing us with zucchini and cucumber treats.

  • Yankee Bookstore for so cheerfully selling all the books.

  • Duchess Coffee Co. for making and selling much needed cold-brewed coffee.

  • Taylor Mardis Katz for writing her amazing custom poems.

  • Laura Jean Binkley for serenading us so beautifully during the afternoon.

  • Our community of poets for participating in one of the best open mic sessions we’ve ever heard.

  • Our family and friends for doing everything from helping with parking to setting up the sound system to welcoming you at the front door to baking pies to growing and arranging flowers to helping us clean the barn before and after; we would truly be a mess without you.

  • The weather gods for gracing us with another picture-perfect summer day.

  • And all of you who attended, for being the best, most attentive, and most appreciative audience. You have helped us create such a welcoming literary community and we can’t wait to do it all again with you next summer!



You’re invited to the

third annual Poetry & Pie !


✶ Readings by Rena J. Mosteirin,
Dan Chiasson, and
GennaRose Nethercott

✶ Q&A with the poets ✶

✶ Community open mic

✶ Pie Pie Pie! ✶

Also featuring:

✶ Music by Laura Jean Binkley

✶ Poet-for-hire Taylor Mardis Katz

✶ Books for sale by Yankee Bookshop

✶ Cold-brew coffee for sale by Duchess Coffee

The Details

  • When: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 3:00 to 5:00 pm (doors open at 2:30)

  • Open mic: If you’d like to read, sign up at the door. Please plan on reading one original, non-epic length poem.

  • Where: Sweetland Farm, 742 Route 132, Norwich, Vermont (map and directions)

  • Cost: Sliding scale donation of $6 to $10, includes readings, pie (savory, sweet, with vegan and gluten-free options), a souvenir pencil (while supplies last), and a Poetry & Pie 2019 bookmark. Custom poems by Taylor are offered on a sliding sale of $10 to $25.

  • RSVSP: Dear friends, we’re already out of reserved seats! Since plans often change once we get closer to the event, please use the form at the bottom of this page to add your name our waiting list. If a seat opens up, we’ll let you know asap!

The Poets & Musician


Rena J. Mosteirin is the co-author of Moonbit (punctum books, forthcoming summer 2019) an academic and poetic exploration of the Apollo 11 guidance computer code. Her novella, Nick Trail’s Thumb (Kore Press, 2008), won the Kore Press Short Fiction Award, judged by Lydia Davis. Mosteirin is an editor at Bloodroot Literary Magazine, a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars.

>> Watch Rena read “Cetology”, a Moby-Dick erasure poem


Dan Chiasson is the author of five books of poetry: The Afterlife of Objects (2002), Natural History (2005), Where's the Moon, There's the Moon (2010), Bicentennial (2014), and Must We Mean What We Say: A Poem in Four Phases (forthcoming). A book of criticism, One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America, was published in 2006. He is the poetry critic for the New Yorker and writes regularly for the New York Review of Books. He has received the Whiting Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the Lorraine C. Wang professor of English at Wellesley College.

>> Read an interview with Dan in the spring 2019 issue of The Sewanee Review


GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including BOMB, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter. GennaRose will be bringing her cranky shadow puppet show to Poetry & Pie!

>> Watch the trailer for GennaRose’s Lumbjerack’s Dove cranky shadow puppet show


Taylor Mardis Katz is a poet and farmer living in rural Vermont. With her partner, she runs Free Verse Farm, an herb farm & apothecary with a poetry backbone. She is also a marketing freelancer, an ordained minister, a freelance writer and editor, and a poet for hire who has joined us since the very first Poetry and Pie. During the afternoon, you can commission a custom poem from Taylor. 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.

>> Read Taylor’s “Poem on the last day of the year, 2018”


Laura Jean Binkley is a poet, singer, and songwriter with a love of Americana roots music. While attending the University of Minnesota, Laura Jean took up songwriting in earnest. Having been drawn to New York City since childhood, Laura Jean moved east to the Big Apple where she soaked up the local music community. NYC embraced her sometimes soft, but always powerful, folk-rock style, and she sang everywhere from the LIC Bar to the Bitter End (and all the subway stops in-between.) Laura Jean now calls Vermont home. She regularly performs as a soloist, as a member of Tiny Top Hats, and with Reckless Breakfast.

>> Watch Laura Jean sing “Love Song”

Our Partners and sponsors


Sweetland Farm is a diversified family farm in Norwich, Vermont. They grow a wide variety of fresh, seasonal vegetables for their CSA using sustainable practices on conserved farmland. Their animals are raised free-range on lush pastures and they make sweet-smelling feed hay that keeps our Upper Valley neighbors’ animals happy all winter long. The mission at Sweetland Farm is to feed their community and their soil, and to be stewards of their beautiful farmland. We are so grateful to Norah, Chris, and the Sweetland Farm family for the generous use of their barn and their enthusiastic participation in Poetry & Pie from the beginning.


The Yankee Bookshop is Vermont’s oldest continuously operated independent bookshop. It first opened in November 1935 and has been serving Woodstock and the surrounding towns ever since. The shop's eighth and current local owners are Kari Meutsch and Kristian Preylowski, who purchased the shop in February of 2017. Kari and Kristian have been huge supporters of Literary North and we’re so pleased to have them join us at Poetry & Pie this year.


Duchess Coffee Company is run by the dynamic duo, Ruth and Jeremy, who own Antidote Books. Duchess Coffee Co. specializes in fair-trade, organic coffee sourced from women-owned farms in Central and South America. Roasted in Vermont. We are so happy to have them with us this year!

Waiting List RSVP

Dear friends, we're already out of reserved seats! Since plans often change once we get closer to the event, please use this form to add your name our waiting list. If a seat opens up, we’ll let you know asap! Thank you!

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