TAUNY Writers’ Fair

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) presents The TAUNY Writers’ Fair, a one-day gathering on May 6, 2017 from 11:00am-6:00pm, at The TAUNY Center. The Fair will include established local writers and publishers of “place-based writing,” a concept that is tied to TAUNY’s mission of encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of a sense of place for the North Country. The featured writers come from across the region and have produced work about topics of Adirondack North Country culture and heritage, natural history, ecology, and more.

The TAUNY Writers’ Fair attendees will have opportunities to talk with the participating writers, learn about their special topics and techniques, purchase and have books signed, and socialize. The writers will participate in panel discussions with topics including How to Get Published, Writing/Illustrating for Children, and Writing for a Popular Audience. Kids are also invited to participate in a special workshop for young children to learn to write stories. Displays of books and periodicals in print will be set up by publishers as well as an exhibit of historical writing from the Special Collections at St. Lawrence University. The afternoon will conclude with selected short readings by several of those authors attending and a catered public reception.

A full schedule of events and list of participating writers are attached here..

The volunteer committee working on behalf of TAUNY to organize The TAUNY Writers’ Fair includes Neal Burdick, Varick Chittenden, Lois Ann FitzRandolph, and Karen Johnson-Weiner.

The 2017 TAUNY Writers’ Fair is made possible by generous contributions from the Canton Community Fund and the Friends of the Owen D. Young and Launders Library at St. Lawrence University. NCPR is the media sponsor for this event.

All Writers’ Fair events are free. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact info@tauny.org.

The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, downtown Canton, NY. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is a nonprofit organization that showcases the folk culture and living traditions of New York’s North Country, offering opportunities to experience, learn about, and reflect on issues related to life in our rural region. More information is available at tauny.org.

Adirondack Literary Awards Submissions

New titles written and published locally seek an Adirondack Literary Award

The ACW Adirondack Literary Awards is a way to honor the writers and publishers who live and work in the North Country. Submissions of children’s literature, fiction, memoir, non-fiction, and poetry published any time during 2016 have been accepted. A genre-specific panel of judges will read each submission.

The Adirondack Center for Writing will announce winners at an awards ceremony at Heaven Hill Farm on June 11 at 3:00pm, where we will also decide our popular “People’s Choice Award.” Authors, publishers, friends, and community members are welcome to join in the celebration of hard work and literary talent.

Save the Date: 

Adirondack Literary Awards Ceremony + Dinner

June 11, 3:00-5:00pm | Heaven Hill Farm, Lake Placid, NY

Thanks and congratulations to all those who submitted to the Adirondack Literary Awards this year.

Children’s Literature
New Hope by LeeAnne Baker (Createspace)
Adirondack Lullaby by Brian J. Heinz, illustrated by Maggie Henry (North Country Books, Inc.)
The Great North Woods by Brian Heinz and Michael Rothman (Creative Editions)

Lay Down Your Weary Tune by WB Belcher (Other Press)
Leaves Torn Asunder by Glenn L. Pearsall (Pyramid Publishing)
FREIGHT CAR and Other Stories by Jeff Kelly (Ra Press)
God Made Us Monsters by Bill Neary (Ari Publishing)
Rooster by Edward Pontacoloni (Published by Edward Pontacolono)
North of Here by Laurel Saville (Lake Union Publishing)
Bloodfire and the Legend of Paradox Pond by Rosemarie Sheperd (Published by Rosemarie Sheperd)
The Hippie Hacker, the Happy Hooker, and the Great Clone Orgy by Andrew Tisbert (Ra Press)

In Praise of Quiet Waters: Finding Solitude and Adventure in the Wild Adirondacks by Lorraine M. Duvall (Bloated Toe Publishing)
Adirondack Epiphanies: Memoir and Reflection from Writers in the Park by Chuck Gibson, Cathy S. McDowell, Judith Dow Moore, Linda Morrow, Mary Randall, Charles Watts (Ra Press)
My Journey To Wholeness by Deborah Havas (Published by Deborah D. Havas)
Taking on Global Health Issues by Dr. Alfred Scherzer (Ra Press)

Voyager: Travel Writings by Russell Banks (HarperCollins Publishing)
The Boat People of Champlain by Mark L. Barie and Christine A. Racine (Crossborder Publishing)
Murder in the Adirondacks, An American Tragedy Revisited by Craig Brandon (North Country Books, Inc.)
Adirondack Cabin Stories: Fifty Years in the Wilderness 1960-2009 by Henningson Siblings and Friends (Henningson Environmental Services)
Common Roots Cookbook by Cathy and Ernest Hohmeyer (Hungry Bear Publishing)
Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger by Sabrina Jones (Counterpoint, LLC/Soft Skull Press)
The Start-Up J Curve by Howard Love (Greenleaf Book Group)
Fifty Acres of Beach and Wood by Tom Thacher (Birch Point Press, Inc)
We Were There: World War II Stories from the Adirondacks’ Greatest Generation by Daniel Way (Indian Lake Press)

Bird Light by Elizabeth Cohen (Saint Julian Press)
Pastoral Habits: New and Selected Poems by George Drew (Texas Review Press)
MANTRA by Dave Donohue (Ra Press)
Love Bites by Barbara Garro (Cambridge Books)
Telephone by Sean Tierney (Ra Press)

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

E – dlevin@frostplace.org

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, lakeflowerlanding@gmail.com 917-887-6342
• Sandra Weber, weber@sandraweber.com 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.