ANNOUNCEMENT (12/20): January’s installment of BarkReaders (Jan 12, Sara Schaff) will be rescheduled for a later date. we’re pausing in-person events at ACW to help slow the spread of COVID in the North Country. We’ll announce a new date for this event soon!


Where can you discover new North Country writers and also share some work of your own? BarkReaders takes place every other month here at ACW in Saranac Lake, NY. Each reading will include an open mic and feature a North Country author presenting a recent book publication.

We’re bringing words and people together to foster writing community here in Saranac Lake and promote the work of writers from in and around the Adirondack park. Join us at 7 PM on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.

2022 Line-Up:

January 12 – Sara Schaff – The Invention of Love (Split Lip Press, 2020)

Sara Schaff (Photo by Aimée Baker)

Sara Schaff is the author of the story collections The Invention of Love (Split/Lip Press 2020) and Say Something Nice About Me (Augury Books 2016), a CLMP Firecracker Award Finalist in fiction and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for short fiction. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Kenyon Review Online, Gay Magazine, The Missouri Review, Yale Review Online, The Belladonna, Michigan Quarterly ReviewLitHub, and elsewhere. A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at the University of Michigan, Sara has taught at Oberlin College, the University of Michigan, and St. Lawrence University, as well as in China, Colombia, and Northern Ireland, where she also studied storytelling. Sara lives and teaches in the North Country of New York State with her husband, the poet Benjamin Landry, and their daughter.


Mar 9 – Meghan Culhane Galbraith – The Guild of the Infant Saviour (Ohio State University Press, 2021)

May 11 – Christopher Locke – Music for Ghosts (New York Quarterly Press, 2022)

Jul 13 – Jose Luis Torres – Migrations (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2021)

Sep 14 –

Nov 9 – Lorraine Duvall – Finding A Woman’s Place: The Story of a 1970s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks (Bloated Toe Publishing, 2020)