Saranac Lake, NY – Poetry is alive and well in the Adirondack region, inspiring folks to embrace their creative sides while visiting various locations in the Adirondacks. Two such examples of artistic outlets include a recently released Poetry Machine created by those at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) based in Saranac Lake. Another is ACW’s upcoming Poem Village 2023, a program in which submitted poems will be published and hung in storefront windows in Saranac Lake in mid-April, remaining up until mid-May. Poetry submissions are due by April 1.
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Adirondack Center for Writing to host Lorraine Duvall reading/open-mic on Nov. 9
The Adirondack Center for Writing in Saranac Lake is pleased to host another BarkReaders session, this time featuring Adirondack feminist historian, Lorraine Duvall, who will perform a reading of Finding a Woman’s Place on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. An open mic will follow the reading. Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation at the door. The reading and open mic will run for a total of 60 minutes, and registration is required.
Adirondack Center for Writing Publishes New Prison Writing Anthology
In the spring/summer of 2022, with a grant from NYSCA and the support of the creative aging experts at Lifetime Arts Inc, the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW)created a writing workshop program at Adirondack Correctional Facility, a state prison located in Raybrook, NY. After sixteen workshops, the ACW asked the men in [the] classes to submit their favorite original poems, essays, and stories for a class anthology. I’m Telling You Now, Wherever You Are, is a testament to the fact that a person’s story does not end when they become incarcerated, nor does that person’s past cease to speak.
The anthology’s publication was celebrated on Tuesday, October 11 with a private reading at the prison.
2022 Kickass Writers Festival set for Aug.19 & 20, Adirondack Explorer Editor James Odato signs on as panelist
Saranac Lake, NY—On August 19th & 20th, the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) will present the first annual Kickass Writers Festival, featuring writers, poets, comedians, mountaineers, and more. The festival will take place across various locations all over Saranac Lake and will include readings, workshops, talks, publishing programs, special performances, a book fair, speed dating, and more. The Kickass Writers Festival celebrates how writing and storytelling–in all of their forms–are essential to art, entertainment, and social change.
Kids’ activities set for this weekend in Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh
Parents and caregivers looking for something fun to do with their children this weekend are in luck, as an array of children’s programs are slated for establishments in the Adirondack region, including Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh. These activities include a presentation of Disney’s Frozen Jr. at the Pendragon Theatre through July 31 in Saranac Lake, a PBS KIDS Day celebration at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh on July 30, and a Nature Writing and Drawing for Kids program at the Adirondack Center for Writing on July 30 in Saranac Lake.
Poem Village 2022 open for submissions until April 1
The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is pleased to announce the return of PoemVillage, a beloved community-centered program celebrating local poetry from neighbors and friends annually since it was established in 2016. The program is only open to poets with ties to the North Country region in New York State. This year, ACW will be hanging poems in windows all around Saranac Lake during National Poetry Month (April). Also, bundles of locally-harvested poems will be safely delivered to inboxes and to the ACW website daily from April 15 – May 15.
Adirondack Center for Writing Finds New Home, Staff
The Adirondack Center for Writing is excited to announce the opening of its new event space at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake with an open house during the ArtWalk on September 16, 2021 from 5:00-7:00pm. All are welcome to visit the new center free of charge and meet the newest staff member, Tyler Barton!
“We are so thrilled to celebrate ACW’s very exciting expansion to our brand new event space,” said Nathalie Thill, executive director of Adirondack Center for Writing. “We’ve worked so hard for this moment alongside the rest of the ACW community and we can’t wait to welcome everyone for this momentous occasion. Stop by to check out the space and meet Tyler, our newest staff member.”
“What excites me most about joining ACW is the chance to learn from and collaborate with the vast and supportive art community Nathalie and Baylee have worked so hard to build over the years,” said Tyler Barton, the newest staff member at ACW. “I hope you’ll stop by and introduce yourself during the Third Thursday Artwalk—I can offer book recommendations in exchange for any advice for flourishing over the long Adirondack winter!”
Adirondack Center for Writing presents: An Evening with Russell Banks
Saranac Lake, NY–Nationally acclaimed author Russell Banks will read from his new novel, Foregone, and sign books on September 24, 2021 at 7:00pm to celebrate the opening of Adirondack Center for Writing’s new event space at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake.
Copies of Foregone will be available for purchase for signing at the event. This event costs $10 to attend. Tickets are available in advance at adirondackcenterforwriting.org
“Russell Banks is, word for word, idea for idea, one of the great American novelists. Foregone is a book about not coming to a conclusion. Banks presents us with a series of mirrors, some of them broken, some of them intact, and all of them wildly reflective of our times. It is a book about the shifting shapes of memory and the chimerical nature of our lives.” – Colum McCann
Creative Adirondacks: Gary Smith of the Lake Placid Film Festival
This fall, Lake Placid Film Festival will return to a live event, and shepherding it to fruition is Gary Smith, the current Chair of the Board of Adirondack Film Society. Schooled by his more than 40 years in the hospitality industry, Gary sees the festival as an opportunity to display the attractions of the Lake Placid area, as well as to bring filmmakers and their audiences together for the lively and thoughtful sharing of ideas.
Art exhibit by incarcerated artists on display at John Brown Farm
The Adirondack Center for Writing and Federal Correctional Institute Ray Brook are proud to present an exhibit of pieces created by incarcerated artists. This 25-piece exhibit features paintings and some pottery, all inspired by classic Adirondack landscapes and figures.
“ACW has always been dedicated to giving space for the voiceless and this new exhibit is an example of our most important kind of work,” said Nathalie Thill, Executive Director at Adirondack Center for Writing. “This is incredibly special as it is the first time art by incarcerated artists has been displayed outside of a correctional facility in the North Country. We are really honored to bring this exhibit to life. John Brown Farm is the perfect location with its abolitionist history and natural beauty, and we can’t wait to share it with the public.”
Han Shan, Cold Mountain, that Zen sage
1200 years ago enjoyed a view from his cave
better than the Emperor saw when he
looked out his windows in the Forbidden City.
Han Shan also used–with the other monks
from the caves around his– a heated pool
at least four times a month.
Living in his own stench was not his style.
Adirondack Center for Writing hosts free virtual retreat for teens
High School Writing Retreat
↠ Wednesday, April 21, 2021 // 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm ET
↠ LIVE ONLINE on Zoom // Sessions are recorded for registrants only to view to help alleviate any scheduling or tech issues
↠ Free! There’s no cost to be a part of the High School Writing Retreat thanks to our supporters: Cloudsplitter Foundation, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Saranac Lake Public School Education Fund
Register for a day of writing workshops, epic performances, meeting new friends and fellow writers, swag bags (limited supply), and a meet ‘n greet with poets. A perfect opportunity to include on college applications. Open to any homeschooled and high school students and classes, no writing experience necessary!
Students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne (pictured here), Roya Marsh, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands.
Schedule is as follows:
Virtual Howl Story Slam LIVE
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm
Theme: “March Madness”
The same beloved Howl Story Slam, revamped to be enjoyed at home.
This event is LIVE via Zoom featuring 5-minute true stories, with no notes. The first 15 storytellers to sign up will be included in the lineup. Registration required in advance for storytellers and audience members, sign up here.
Free to tell stories and to attend. If you are able, please please add a suggested $10 donation to your registration for the Howl team to split.
Click here to register
Howl Story Slam returns live online
The Howl Story Slam is back with an evening of live stories told online. The team behind the Howl has worked to revamp the program as it is so important to hold space for stories in a time when we can’t physically be together. The beloved program will take place virtually for everyone to enjoy from home on December 18, 2020 at 7:00pm
Anyone is welcome to tell a true, five-minute story on the theme “Holidays: The good, the bad, the ugly” using no notes.
The first 15 storytellers to sign up will be included in the lineup. Registration required for storytellers and audience members, sign up here bit.ly/decvirtualhowl. Free to tell stories and to attend.
The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio, two organizations that believe in the power of stories.
Gretchen Koehler tells a story at the Howl Grand Story Slam, December 2019. Photo credit: Baylee Annis, Adirondack Center for Writing
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 bit.ly/acwunmute and Zoom link sent via email after registration. Follow @adkctr4writing for updates.
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