Monday, February 5, 2024

North Country residents invited to share poems

A couple read poetry hung in a window

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is now accepting submissions from anyone living in the North Country for the ninth installment of Poem Village. The deadline for submissions is March 18. Each year, ACW creates a series of posters, or broadsides, displaying poems written by North Country residents of all ages and experience levels. In April those broadsides are installed in shop windows throughout Saranac Lake in order to build community and beautify the otherwise dreary, wet village during mud season.

In 2024, Poem Village will extend its reach beyond Saranac Lake to St. Lawrence County through a partnership with SLC Arts (Potsdam) and to Malone through a partnership with the Downtown Artists Cellar. In addition to the poems posted in Saranac Lake, a second set of the poetry broadsides will be installed in shop windows throughout St. Lawrence County, and a third set of poetry broadsides will be installed in shop windows in Malone.

Poem Village logo for Saranac Lake

Guidelines for submitting:

  • Poems must be under 25 lines or less than 300 words, whichever comes first.
  • Poems must be the original work of the person submitting.
  • Poets must reside at least part-time in the North Country.
  • ACW accepts all submissions so long as they follow the above criteria and they do not express any hateful views or content that could be harmful to the general public.

In 2023, ACW published poems by fourth graders alongside poems by renowned North Country poets such as Roger Mitchell, Chase Twitchell, Joe Bruchac (poet laureate of Saratoga Springs) and hundreds of others. ACW provides weekly writing prompts to inspire anyone to try writing creatively; those prompts can be found in ACW’s weekly e-newsletter or on the website at: adirondackcenterforwriting.org/for-writers.

For more information, visit: adirondackcenterforwriting.org/poemvillage

To submit a poem, visit: adirondackcenterforwriting.submittable.com/submit/284828/poemvillage-2024

Photo at top: Folks read poetry broadsides hung in windows in Saranac Lake. Photo provided.

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