Beth Howard

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B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1983


The World Needs More Pie


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Biographical Note

Beth M. Howard is a writer, blogger and pie baker. In 2001, at the height of the dot-com boom, she quit a lucrative web-producing job to bake pies at a gourmet deli in Malibu, California. She started her popular blog,, in 2007. Beth lives in Eldon, Iowa in the famous American Gothic House where she runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand, writes and teaches pie baking.

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Latest Publication Title

Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie, Harlequin, 2012.

Publication Excerpt

When journalist Beth M. Howard’s young husband dies suddenly, she packs up the RV he left behind and hits the American highways. At every stop along the way—whether filming a documentary or handing out free slices on the streets of Los Angeles—Beth uses pie as a way to find purpose. Ultimately, Howard returns to her Iowa roots and creates the perfect synergy between two of America’s greatest icons—pie and the American Gothic House, the little farmhouse immortalized in Grant Wood’s famous painting, where she now lives and runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand. Making Piece powerfully shows how one courageous woman triumphs over tragedy. This beautifully written memoir is, ultimately, about hope. It’s about the journey of healing and recovery, of facing fears, embracing the future and finding meaning in life again, and moving forward with purpose and, eventually, joy. It’s about the nourishment of the heart and soul that comes from the simple act of giving to others, like baking a homemade pie and sharing it with someone whose pain is even greater than your own. And it tells of the role of fate, second chances and the strength found in community.

"You will find my story is a lot like pie, a strawberry-rhubarb pie. It’s bitter. It’s messy. It’s got some sweetness, too. Sometimes the ingredients get added in the wrong order, but it has substance, it will warm your insides and, even though it isn’t perfect, it still turns out okay in the end."

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Evergreen was instrumental in helping me become a self-employed writer. Besides all those seminars and self-evaluations, the writing classes encouraged creativity. The school encourages self-motivation and independence and this has contributed to my being comfortable and confident working on my own (from home, usually in my pajamas). My ability to exercise self-discipline is impressive, even to me!