Thursday, January 11, 2024

ACW to present Barkreaders, Howl Grand Slam events this month

ACW 2024 Barkreaders with Andrew Weatherhead

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is pleased to announce a couple events slated for mid-January, including a Barkreaders event which will highlight author Andrew Weatherhead and his book of poetry, Fudge, on January 17 at the ACW. On January 20, the ACW and North Country Public Radio (NCPR) will kick off the conclusion of the Howl Story Slam’s seventh season with the Howl Grand Slam slated for 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence University. See below for details about these events.

Barkreaders offers local writers and readers an opportunity to hear from and connect with new authors. Weatherhead, a poet and collage artist residing in Glens Falls, NY, will read from his newest book of poems, Fudge. A selection of Weatherhead’s collages will be presented alongside his reading. The event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), located at 15 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake.

Following Weatherhead’s presentation, ACW will host an open mic, offering attendees a chance to share up to five minutes of their writing in front of an audience.

The short, quirky and deadpan poems in Fudge explore the Covid-19 pandemic, New York City, basketball and the strangeness of living in the age of information.

Elaine Equi, author of The Intangibles, said in her review of Fudge, “Andrew Weatherhead’s tasty, bite-sized poems capture the flavor of contemporary life in a way most poetry doesn’t. “I can’t think of anyone else who could make a poem about a four hour wait ‘On Hold with NBA League Pass Customer Support’ so thoroughly entertaining. His voice deftly balances breezy with barbed…”

Weatherhead is also the author of three previous books of poetry – $50,000 (Publishing Genius Press, 2020), TODD (Monster House Press, 2018) and Cats and Dogs (Scrambler Books, 2014). More information can be found at:

Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation at the door.


Photo provided by Kaet Moonberry, ACW Communications Manager.

The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) and North Country Public Radio (NCPR) will celebrate the end of the Howl Story Slam’s seventh season with the Howl Grand Slam, held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Lawrence University.

The Howl Grand Slam brings together nine winning storytellers from 2023’s Howl Story Slams to go head-to-head to be named the grand champion and receive a trophy. The lineup includes storytellers who were victorious in Plattsburgh, Morristown, Newcomb, Lake Placid, Brant Lake, Ticonderoga, Old Forge, Keene, Keeseville, Potsdam, Saratoga Springs and Tupper Lake.

Admission is $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased now at

“The 2023 Howl season was exciting because we went to so many new communities—Morristown, Brant Lake, Ticonderoga, Keene—and each new venue was packed the same way it is at our mainstays like Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and Canton. It’s thrilling to see storytellers who we met in bars in a very casual setting all have their stories honored on a stage as prestigious as the Gulick Theatre at St. Lawrence University,” said Nathalie Thill, Executive Director at Adirondack Center for Writing.

storytellers on stage

ACW’s Executive Director Nathalie Thill stands on stage with all the storytellers at 2023’s Howl Grand Slam at the Saranac Lake Town Hall. Photo provided by Kaet Moonberry, ACW Communications Manager.

The Rules:

The Grand Slam allows contestants to tell 8-minute stories, as opposed to the 5-minute limit of regular season story slams. The other Howl Story Slam rules remain intact: stories must be true and no notes are allowed. Stories from the Grand Slam will also appear on the Howl podcast, produced and distributed by NCPR. The show’s first season was the fastest-growing and most popular podcast in the station’s history, with nearly 35,000 downloads to date. The Howl Podcast can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google and Amazon.

“Howl Grand Slams are such special evenings,” said NCPR Station Manager Mitch Teich.  “Having so many people in one place to celebrate storytelling makes for a truly unique experience. In 2023, we launched The Howl Podcast which has become a sort of online extension of the story slams where folks can tune in from anywhere and hear some of the most entertaining and enlightening stories being told around the North Country.”

The Adirondack Center for Writing has been bringing people and words together for 25 years through provocative events and meaningful programs.

For more information about ACW, visit or follow @adkctr4writing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Photo at top provided by Kaet Moonberry, ACW Communications Manager.

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