Young writers opportunity!

Between the Lines: Identity & Belonging will include US-based Muslim and non-Muslim students, who will come together for one week of intensive creative writing workshops in Iowa City, Iowa. Tuition, room, board and travel will be fully covered by Iowa Writer’s Program for this special session; funding opportunities are available for the first session.

Please visit our website, share these details with your young writers, and feel free to disseminate the attached flyers. We’re going to have a wonderful summer!

Update: PoemVillage deadline extended to March 20

Car tucked in garage,

teapot singing on the stove,

blizzard in the Park.

PoemVillage Saranac Lake

Overcome with the excitement of this winter’s first real snowstorm, we’re extending the deadline to submit your poems to PoemVillage until Monday, March 20! Anyone with ties to the Tri-Lakes region is encouraged to write a new poem, or submit that poem you wrote a while back. All submissions are accepted, and will be on display in downtown businesses for the month of April. Submit your poems here!

An Invitation to Apply

The Latin@ scholarship which provides full funding, including tuition, room, board, and travel, to the Conference on Poetry, July 10 – 16, this summer at The Frost Place.

The Frost Place is a small non-profit center for the arts headquartered out of Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, nestled in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. At the Conference on Poetry, the scholarship winner will have the opportunity to study at The Frost Place with faculty including Martha Rhodes, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Maudelle Driskell, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Michael Klein, Matthew Olzmann, and Collier Nogues.

This scholarship is designed to encourage the Latin@ voice in poetry and the literary arts, both at The Frost Place and in the broader literary community. The ideal applicant would self-identify as Latin@, would have a strong commitment to the Latin@ community, and be a minimum of 21 years of age. The application deadline, May 31, is approaching. There is no fee to apply, and the application is fully electronic. If you or anyone you know might be interested in this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities at The Frost Place, such as the Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets, please see our submissions page.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Daniel Levin

Assistant to the Director

The Frost Place


P – 603.823.5510

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Howl Grand Slam stories airing all week

This week on North Country Public Radio’s 8 o’clock hour, tune in for a story every day to celebrate the start of a new season of Howl Story Slams! On February 23 at 6pm we will be at Bitters & Bones in Saranac Lake, and then on February 24 at 6pm we’re heading to the Rushton Room at Best Western in Canton. Come with five-minute stories of “The First Time I Ever…”

Tuesday:  Rob Carr – Coming of age story from Saranac Lake

Wednesday: Lucy Thill – our youngest storyteller, age 10, who wowed everyone with a humorous tale

Thursday:  Trish Hartka – a Massena storyteller who shared a moving story of family, and specifically grandparents in her life

Friday:  David Wolfe, with a wrenching story about war, patriotism and conscience.


Thanks to all new and returning members!


Thank You from the Adirondack Center for Writing 

ACW is proud to welcome 42 new members to the family of writers, readers, and literary supporters across the Adirondacks and beyond. We’d like to recognize all of the faithful members and contributors, as well as our new members.

It’s not too late to contribute to ACW!

You can still support us before our fiscal year ends on June 30. Donate the right amount for you online or send a check to: Adirondack Center for Writing, P.O. Box 956, Saranac Lake, New York 12983. You can join this list of wonderful supporters who have given this year since July:
Stacey Annis, Hannah Gibbons-Arthur and Zack Arthur, Lee Bailey and Linda Rosenstock, LeeAnne Baker, Russell Banks, Margaret Bartley, Stuart Bartow, Nancie Battaglia and Edward Finnerty, Jackie Beattie, Lisa Bellamy, Mr. and Mrs. Bengt Ohman, Eleanor Berger, Betsy Bitner, Ryan Black, Anne and Jim Bodnar, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bogdanavitch, Barbara Brenner, Beverly Bridger and Michael Wilson, Rick Brooks, Joe Bruchac, Neal Burdick, Marjorie Burns, Fred Calder, Jane and Ted Caldwell, Angela Cannon-Crothers, Joseph and Rebecca Carfi, Mary Carney, Rob Carr, Paul Castellani, Michael Coffey, Chris Cohan, Linda and Sarah Cohen, Candace Combs, Helen Condon, Bernard and Catherine Conners, Judith Coopy, Ruth Ann Dandrea, Patricia Davidson, Lale Davidson, Bonnie Davis, Michael DeDevitis, Doug Deneen, Dan DiLollo, David Donahue, George Drew, Lorraine Duvall, Melissa Eisinger, John and Margo Ernst, Andrew Fichter, Betsy Folwell, Kevin Fountain, Susan Fox, Bruce Frost, Richard Frost, Greshen Gaines, Phil Gallos, Marc and Sarah Galvin, Alice and Craig Gilborn, Barbara Linell Glaser, John Glusman, Amy Godine, Jim Gould, Gail Antoktal and Neil Gozan, Betty Hafner, Richard Hanpeter, Judith Harper, Cindy Harris, Wendy Harris, Jane Haugh, Brian Heinz, Jackie Heinz, Madeline Hennessey, Rick Henry, Stefanie Holderied, Steven Holtzman, Tony Holtzman, Robert Igoe, Christine Jerome, Mary Anne Johnson, George Jolly and Caroline Seligman, Tom Kalinowski, Leslie Karasin, Lynn Kellogg, Jacqueline Keren, Stephen Kiernan, Nancy Kimball, Jeannine Laverty, Meg LeFevre, Victoria Levitt, Todd Lockwood, Deirdre Loftus, Liana Mahoney, James Marshall, Judyth Martin, Andrea Masters, Marilyn McCabe, Joy McCabe, Kathleen McCoy, Joan Meer, Lilace Mellin Guignard, Craig Milewski, Rosemary Miner, Dorian Gossy and Roger Mitchell, Eric Mondschein, Peggy Morehouse, Bruce Morrow, Susan and Fred Mueller, Ann Mullen, Colleen Mulvey, Annette Neilsen, Camille Costa and Mike Nerney, Aline Newman, Northshire Bookstore, Rebecca O’Neill, Bobbie Dumas Panek, Dave and Lynne Perry, Rachel Person and Steve Sheinkin, Philip Petronis Anne Phinney, Michael Portal, Mary Potocki, Meredith Prime, Sibyl Quayle, Amy Quinn, Susan Riggins, Ellen Rocco, John and Nancy Rosenthal, Matthew Ryan, MJ Santiago, Mary Sanders Shartle, Diane Scholl, Rosemarie Sheperd, Thomas Snider, Dan Sullivan, Robert Surovell, James and Parmelee Tolkan, Joanne Truman, Chase Twichell, Irene Uttendorfsky, Francis and Sally Ward, Charles Watts, Renate Wildermuth, Keith Willis, Burdette Parks and Fran Yardley, Tony Zazula, Michelle Zelkowitz, Ellen Zunon

Celebratory Book Launch to honor Susan B. Anthony’s 196th Birthday

Celebratory Book Launch to honor Susan B. Anthony’s 196th Birthday

When: February 15, 2017, 7pm.

Where: Lake Flower Landing, 421 Lake Flower Avenue, Saranac Lake

THE BOOK: Sandra Weber’s new title: The Woman Suffrage Statue, A History of the Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in the U.S. Capitol (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016)

For more information, contact:
• Karen Davidson, 917-887-6342
• Sandra Weber, 518-873-1137

Celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s 196th Birthday at a Book Launch at Lake Flower Landing

Sandra Weber’s new book, The Woman Suffrage Statue (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016), recounts the jubilation, condemnation, and hullabaloo surrounding the Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The 7-ton neoclassical work of art seemed destined to provoke controversy; it was an unconventional form with a strange unfinished appearance, composed of portraits of real women and a mysterious fourth hump, and inscribed with a provocative message.

From its conception by sculptor Adelaide Johnson as separate busts in the 1890s, there was little hope of getting marble portraits of women into the United States Capitol; Congressmen didn’t want women—real or marble—“puttering around” on the hill. In 1920, as the ratification of the woman suffrage amendment appeared likely, the National Woman’s Party commissioned Adelaide Johnson to sculpt new versions of the three busts and place them atop a large pedestal. The eccentric, passionate artist decided to merge the busts and pedestal into one large, group sculpture, an extremely difficult and risky task. Despite earthquakes, labor strikes, and quirky accidents at her studio in Carrara, Italy, Johnson completed the monument and placed it aboard an ocean-liner on January 1, 1921.

Despite women having the vote, it was still no easy task getting a woman’s statue into the Capitol. First, a Congressional committee labeled it ugly, calling it, “three women in a bathtub.” Finally, convinced to accept it, the 7-ton monument had to be moved up the steps and into the Rotunda. It did not fall through the floor as predicted, but it lasted in its rightful place of honor for only one day. For the next 76 years, it was relegated to the Crypt.

Women’s groups traditionally held celebrations on the lower level on February 15, Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. The statue was often neglected or misrepresented by Capitol guides. Even worse, the inscription on the back was erased. It was finally carried back upstairs to the prestigious Rotunda amidst hostile political battles and tricky maneuvering up a narrow staircase.

The statue is the national symbol of the woman’s movement. In her book about it, Weber also speaks to larger issues of woman’s rights/human rights. She brings new perspectives and new voices to women’s history, intermingling stories of art and activism for both the famous and the forgotten.


Writers Open Mic Night

Writers Open Mic Night:  On Wednesday February 15at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd,  writers, songwriters, aspiring writers and members of the public are invited to share and read or play  from their own work or to come and enjoy readings by others. Featured Writer and Emcee will be Susan Luther Kiesel.

Sue is a grandmother, avid photographer and outdoor enthusiast. Sue is also the author of  the children’s book “The Many Faces of Snowy Owls”.  In addition,she writes a column for Outdoor Adirondack magazine.

Registration for Adirondack Mountain Writers’ Retreat open!

Adirondack Mountain Writers’ Retreat
Registering now for June 2017

The Adirondack Mountain Writers’ Retreat, open to a small group of men and women, is registering now for the event hosted in the Lake George region of New York’s Adirondacks. This retreat, the 24th such event organized by WAG member Perky Granger, and led this year by author/poet/teacher/public speaking coach Ira Joe Fisher, begins the afternoon of Thursday, June 22 and ends Sunday, June 25. Held in a rental home with access to a small lake, the retreat offers workshops, free writing time, as well as opportunities to consult privately with Ira, and to share work aloud with the group for feedback. Participants may stay on site (expect to share a room) or commute daily. Family-style meals are prepared on site by participants. Participant cost may be reduced by arranging to supply a lunch or supper. For more information, visit or contact Perky at

Illustrator seeking children’s poet for partnership

Local illustrator Catherine LaPointe Vollmer is seeking poets from St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis counties to participate in a public art project. Submit your original poetry written for children to until March 31. Catherine will selecting approximately 10 poems to be illustrated and put on display at the Potsdam Public Library this summer, along with a poetry reading by the poets during the library’s Storytime. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.