Call for journal entry submissions

Adirondack Center for Writing, Pendragon Theatre Team up to call for journal submissions

Everyday writing makes us human. The Adirondack Center for Writing and Pendragon Theatre are two local organizations that value the power of language and writing. Pendragon Theatre is preparing for their upcoming production of Fiction, by Steven Dietz, which opens June 16 and runs through June 25. The play follows a couple and their lives through their own journal entries.

To celebrate everyday writing, the two organizations are teaming up to ask people of all ages to share journal entries of their own: a page from personal journals, including diaries, travelogues, birding journals, gardening notes, shopping lists, to-do notes. Nothing is too mundane. People can create fictional entries to submit if they want to, keeping in mind, however, that truth can be stranger than fiction.

The submissions will cover the walls of the Pendragon Theatre lobby for viewing during the run of Fiction. Entries can be sent to or mailed/dropped off at Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.  Writers can make multiple submissions and there is no page limit. Handwritten copies are fine as long as legible. All submitters will remain anonymous unless submitter specifies otherwise.

Fiction, Pendragon’s “Patrons’ Pick,” was presented last fall as a reading with six other plays originally whittled down from a list of suggestions provided by Pendragon theatre-goers. Out of the six plays presented, Fiction won the most votes from patrons as the play they would like to see produced as Pendragon’s summer season opening show. Allison Studdiford is directing actors Leslie Dame, John Nicholson and Tara Palen. More information, including performance times, can be found at

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

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

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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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