Every year, we bring three renown spoken-word poets from NYC to lead two days of writing workshops and performances for North Country high schoolers. This year, Jon Sands, Karl Michael Iglesias, and Felicia Cade will lead our High School Writing Retreat on Thursday, October 27 & Friday, October 28 at Paul Smiths College, 9AM to 3PM each day. Registration is open for schools, teachers, or parents to sign their students up. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to introduce the young writers in your life to three inspiring and electrifying poets, teachers, and role models.

Our High School Writing Retreat faculty will also give a featured reading at ACW (15 Broadway, Saranac Lake) on Thursday evening, 10/27 at 7PM. Learn more here.

Jon Sands is a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, selected for his second book, It’s Not Magic (Beacon Press, 2019). He is the facilitator of the Emotional Historians workshop, a series of generative writing workshops that you can find out more about on Instagram 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.

Karl Michael Iglesias a Puerto Rican actor, director, and author originally from Milwaukee, WI. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble, he continues his exploration of verse and heightened language in theater. His poetry can be read on Acentos Review, Florida Review, RHINO Poetry, Brooklyn Review, Kweli Journal, Madison Review and BreakBeat Poets Vol4 : Latinext (2020). Karl is the author of Catch a Glow, available now on Finishing Line Press.

Felicia Cade is an International Poet, Author, and Activist, named one of LA County’s most prominent Poets and a millennial voice to be reckoned with. Felicia’s work raises humanity to a new and inclusive space of thought, Unity, and Love. She has a powerful yet graceful stage presence that captivates her audience along with a unique and immersive style. Along with teaching and performing poetry internationally throughout Europe and Africa, She is the first Poet Laureate for BWW. Felicia has two published books “Collected Pieces & Shed Skin” and “Hallway Confessions”, and is currently working on her third book which is set to gain major publication next fall.

Since 2005, the Adirondack Center for Writing has hosted its annual High School Writing Retreat, and each year brings in more talented local teen writers. Thanks to Stewarts Shops, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Charles R Wood Foundation, and the Saranac Lake Public School Education Fund for supporting the 2022 High School Writing Retreat!

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