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.

JL Torres: July featured reader for Barkreaders

J.L. Torres is the author of Migrations, the inaugural winner of the Tomás Rivera Book Prize. His previous publications include another short story collection, The Family Terrorist and Other Stories; the poetry collection, Boricua Passport; and the novel, The Accidental Native. He has also published stories and poems in many journals and magazines. A Fulbright recipient, he recently retired as a scholar and professor of American literature, Latinx literatures, and creative writing. Born in Puerto Rico, raised in the South Bronx, he now lives in upstate New York. More information at: http://jltorreswriter.com. Twitter: @rican_writer.

2022 LINE-UP:

Jul 13 – J.L. Torres – Migrations (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2021)


Sep 14 – Christopher Locke – Music for Ghosts (New York Quarterly Press, 2022)

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


May 11 – Sara Schaff – The Invention of Love (Split/Lip Press)

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, and she is completing a novel with the assistance of a Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Award from New York State and United University Professions. She is represented by Maria Massie of MMQ Literary Agents.

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

Megan Culhane Galbraith is a writer, visual artist, and adoptee. Her debut memoir-in-essays The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child’s Memory Book (Mad Creek Books/Ohio State University Press) was published in May 2021. Megan’s work was listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2021 and 2017 and recognized by Poets & Writers in their “5 Over 50” issueShe is the 2022 Writer-in-Residence at adopteeson.com. Her essays, interviews, reviews, and visual art have appeared in BOMBThe Believer, HYPERALLERGIC!, ZZYZYVATupeloQuarterly, HobartRedividerLongreads, Hotel Amerika, and Catapult, among others. Megan has been awarded fellowships from The Saltonstall Foundation, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Horned Dorset Colony. She is the founding director of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Young Writers Institute and an alumna and the Associate Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Find her at www.megangalbraith.com