A beloved program celebrating local poetry from neighbors and friends annually since 2016. Instead of visiting a corridor of poetry in town during National Poetry Month, bundles of locally-harvested poems are safely delivered to inboxes and to the ACW website daily.

Be a part of PoemVillage!

Open only to poets with ties to the North Country, NY region.

Review these guidelines before submitting to PoemVillage:

  1. Deadline: Sunday, April 4, 2021
  2. This year each person can submit one poem. You will copy/paste your poems into the form below.
  3. Poems must be within 300 words and 25 lines, those too long will not be included, so please edit before submitting your poem.
  4. Please ensure that you have rights to offer this poem for publication. This poem must be your own work.

PoemVillage Sponsors

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

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.