Above all else, ACW values the power of words and stories, and the community of folks who made and enjoy stories. This #adkwrites section features the writing news of the ACW community, blogs from local writers, writer resources, and the Adirondack Literary Map that provides a map of writing and reading groups, writing retreats, residencies and more. This section is for you, by you. Let ACW know about your writing news, blog, or writing and reading groups at info@adirondackcenterforwriting.org.


📍 JUDI MERRIAM published Empty Shoes by the Door: Living After My Son’s Suicide on May 16, 2022. On the afternoon of December 23, 2011, Judi Merriam’s eighteen-year-old son, Jenson, took his own life-an act that blindsided everyone who knew him-changing her life and those of her family forever.This is the story of Jenson’s life and death-and of Judi’s path to surviving without the physical presence of the kind, intelligent, and endlessly creative young man she never imagined she would outlive.

📍 ROGER KESSEL published The Hedges: The Story of 12 Precious Acres on Blue Mountain Lake … “Like the smooth entry of an Adirondack guideboat, The Hedges transports the reader to the golden years of Blue Mountain Lake when a Civil War hero and extraordinary businessman built a private camp on its shore.” Paperback edition at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and book and gift stores in The Adirondack Park. Suggested Retail Price $17.95. Kindle edition at Amazon.com for $7.99. Author Contact: 518-533-7449 | rkessel31@gmail.com

📍 NATALLI AMATO, PoemVillage contributor and attendee of ACW publishing conferences, is celebrating the release of her full-length collection of poetry, BURNING BARREL (Finishing Line Press, 2022).

📍LAUREN WHITEHEAD, former resident and current ACW advisory board member, was named a finalist for the prestigious playwriting award, The 2022 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

📍George J. Bryjak’s new book, Life on the Dark Side: Short Stories and Plays, was published in October, 2021 ,and is available for purchase now.

📍Paul Castellani’s new novel, The Prodigal’s Brother (Donwood Books, 2021), was reviewed by Albany Times-Union. “Like Castellani’s other books, readers will enjoy the local settings, and the way he brings alive his characters and allows readers to care about them.  He has a true gift for writing powerful dialogue.”

📍  A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country by Clarence Hall traces the long history of incarceration in the Adirondacks. Published by University of Massachusetts Press, copies are available here.

📍 Written during the Pandemic of 2020 LAMENT FOR US ALL is Carlos Reyes‘ 13th full-length collection. Available for purchase at the author’s website here.

📍Herb Terns has a new Adirondack novel, Iron Sharpens Iron, available for purchase here.

📍Eric Mondschein has published a new short story, Dinner at Grandma’s published by Something or Other Publishing LLC, in their short story anthology 25 Servings of SOOP: literary Journeys into Life, Meaning and Love.

📍Jessica Kane has published Anchors in the Storm, a new picture book written as a comforting tool to help parents be with their children and connect during moments of despair. The book is available digitally www.jessicalaurelkane.com.

📍Alice Gilborn has released a new of poetry, “Apples & Stones” (Kelsay Books), which features poems set in Colorado, the Adirondacks, and Vermont. The book is available from Kelsay Books, the Northshire Bookstore, and Amazon.

📍Stanley A. Ransom, Jr. has published Outskirts Press, Inc. has published America’s First Black Poet; Jupiter Hammon of Long Island (Outskirts Press, Inc.). Kirkus Reviews states: “an essential volume for all libraries interested in Black, and American poetry.” Paperback and Kindle e-book editions are available on Amazon.com.

📍Ronald Berger has just published The Gorge, a thriller based on his experience asa whitewater raft guide on the Hudson River during the 1990s. Paperback and Kindle e-book editions are available on Amazon.com.

📍Christopher Shaw has published a new book The Power Line, and can be ordered at his website.

📍Howard Kirschenbaum has just published a new book, Coming of Age in the Baby Boom: A Memoir of Personal Development, Social Action, Education Reform and Adirondack Preservation. Paperback and Kindle e-book editions are available on Amazon.com.

📍Brian Heinz‘s newest book, a thriller novel for ‘tweens and teens,’ Peabody Pond, has been published and released by 4RV Publishing.

📍Betsy Folwell has released an extended version of Short Carries as an audiobook for the first time. These essays are about wildlife and wilderness, regional history and small-town life, with keen observations and a touch of humor.

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