Monday, December 14, 2020

Unmute yourself: Writing workshops for teens

A new series of workshops is launching from the Adirondack Center for Writing, designed for teens by professional performance poets and educators. The workshops are online and are open to all teen writers and a great extracurricular for college apps.

There is no cost to attend. Students can join for one or all of the workshops for the best experience. Registration is required at and Zoom link sent via email after registration. Follow @adkctr4writing for updates.

Emotional Historians with Jon Sands

December 15, 2020 7:00-9:00pm on Zoom

About the workshop. In the world of people, celebration is often laced with melancholy, joy is a border that surrounds sorrow, and fear is usually one doorbell away from bravery. So, how the fork can we construct poems that acknowledge a complicated and dynamic world? How do we avoid writing that transforms us into caricatures? How do we convey what it feels like to be us, alive at the onset of a new millennium? If the job of an artist is that of an emotional historian, then we must create poems that are as multi-dimensional and layered as the people who write them. We must ask ourselves not whether this is a great poem, but rather, is this today’s poem?

Jon Sands is a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, selected for his second book, It’s Not Magic (Beacon Press, 2019). He hosts an IG Live Interview Series called Ps & Qs. You can follow him at @iAmJonSands. His work has been featured in the New York Times, as well as anthologized in The Best American Poetry. He teaches at Brooklyn College, Urban Word NYC, and for over a decade has facilitated a weekly writing workshop for adults at Baily House, an HIV/AIDS service center in East Harlem. He tours extensively as a poet, but lives in Brooklyn.

It’s Your Poem, You Can Cry If You Want To! with Roya Marsh

December 22, 2020 7:00-9:00pm on Zoom

About the workshop. Writing with Vulnerability is a generative writing workshop series that uses poetry as a way to take risks and challenge one’s self to be courageous and brave. This workshop is heavily based on our respective emotional and historical experiences. It is suitable for all writing levels.

Bronx, New York native, Roya Marsh, is a nationally ranked poet/performer/educator/activist. She is the Poet in Residence with Urban Word NYC and works feverishly toward LGBTQIA justice and dismantling white supremacy. Roya’s work has been featured in Poetry Magazine, Flypaper Magazine, Frontier Poetry, Nylon Magazine, the Village Voice, Huffington Post, Blavity, The Root, Button Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital, Lexus Verses and Flow, NBC, BET and the Breakbeat Poets Black Girl Magic Anthology (Haymarket 2018). @ChampagnePoet

Chasing the Image with José Olivarez

December 29, 2020 7:00-9:00pm on Zoom

About the workshop. What happens when we leave the familiar in search of the new? In this workshop, we will stumble and sometimes glide our way towards discoveries in our poetry. How? By chasing our images and metaphors towards unknown interiors. Poems by Natalie Diaz, Ada Limón, and Aracelis Girmay will guide us.

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal (Haymarket Books), was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. @_joseolivarez

Pictured above: Roya Marsh Photo credit: LaQuann Dawson

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3 Responses

  1. Vanessa Banti Vanessa says:

    These look awesome 🙂

    Where is the Adirondack Center for Writing? I’ve heard of it but haven’t ever really asked. I did find this awesome map on their website however:

    • Hey Vanessa! Baylee here from ACW. Our offices are located in Saranac Lake at 52 Main Street above the Adirondack Artists Guild, but we do programs across the North Country in non-pandemic times and lots of virtual programs like this one. Thanks for inquiring, hope to see you at an upcoming event, check out for more info.

      • Vanessa Banti Vanessa says:

        Hi Baylee – thank you for the kind reply! We were in Saranac Lake in the early fall but did our best to socially distance. Next time we visit we will definitely stop by! I’m a long way dein being a teenager, but am always game for writing programs 🙂

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