PoemVillage welcomes poetry from everyone with ties to the Adirondacks. Send yours before the deadline to be a part of the epic online display of poetry from April 20 – May 10, 2020

Instead of visiting a corridor of poetry in town, locally-harvested poems will be delivered to your inbox and on the ACW website daily. Hunt for the poems you sent us, and find your new favorite from a neighbor or local student.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT POEMS: APRIL 15, 2020

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PoemVillage Sponsors

Special thanks to our amazing sponsors for their generous support of PoemVillage and their communities. 


You might be at home, but you are not alone.

What remains during these tense times is ACW’s commitment to building spaces for healing together. Through weekly writing prompts and posted responses, new online classes, and the online display of PoemVillage, ACW is continuing to bring together community members like you during isolation and uncertainty.

Keeping ACW strong in these tense times now rests on the shoulders of faithful supporters like you. So, you are invited to give a gift of any amount. The recommended gift is just $5 a month. All gifts are significant in keeping ACW alive and well, so when this is all over ACW will be ready to re-launch the important programming you count on.

The history of PoemVillage

“Imagine visiting your favorite restaurant for brunch. Your meal has just been delivered to you and as you lift up the cloth napkin on the table in front of you, a piece of paper flutters down into your lap. You pick it up and read a haunting haiku. Or, later, maybe you’re taking a stroll downtown. You stop and admire a store’s window display and notice a sonnet taped to the glass. This–poetry–all around you, in plain-sight, to enjoy, to inspire and, ultimately to share, is at the heart of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s April initiative, PoemVillage Saranac Lake.”

Celebrating Community Through the Written Word, by Laura Perras in Lake Champlain Weekly

In April 2016, we set out to welcome poems from locals to celebrate the creativity and talent of the Adirondack community for  National Poetry Month. We were blown away to have been sent over 400 poems, and see the storefronts of downtown Saranac Lake come to life with poems!

All submissions of poetry from community members, elementary kids to seniors, are displayed in the windows of partnering businesses in downtown Saranac Lake. All poems submitted are printed as PocketPoems and will sneak their way under cups of coffee, between pages of a local newspaper, and in the shelves of your favorite shops. It’s your job to find them, and hide them for someone new to find! 

PoemCity was created by Rachel Senechal and Phayvanh Luekhamhan and developed by the Kellogg- Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Vermont. The Adirondack Center for Writing, with the help of local writing groups, is proud to be the first organizers welcoming the event to the state of New York.