“Every spring in the North County, the April showers cause a variety of poems to flood into the Adirondack Center for Writing, and the deluge creates PoemVillage.”

Your neighbors are poets. Maybe you are too! by Mountain Lake PBS Spotlight

PoemVillage is a beloved community program celebrating local poetry from neighbors and friends annually since 2016. This year, we will be hanging poems in windows all around Saranac Lake during National Poetry Month. Also, bundles of locally-harvested poems will be safely delivered to inboxes and to the ACW website daily from April 15-May 15, 2021.

Poem Village will be installed in early April, and the poems will be viewable in the windows of Saranac Lake businesses from April 15 – May 15. You can also browse the poems below.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Adirondack Health, ArtyLadyMsD, Spencer Boatworks, & SL Book Nook, Geomatics Land Surveying, Play ADK, and Tell Media.

Hunt for pocket poems

There will also be pocket poems (miniature poems) hidden all over the tri-lakes area, and you’ll have a chance to find them. Maybe they’ll be delivered with your cup of coffee or at your favorite trailhead, it’s up to you to find them!

PoemVillage Sponsors

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

Interested in sponsoring PoemVillage?

PoemVillage is a celebration by and for the community. Over the past six years, it has become one of the most beloved events in the region.

The sponsors ensure that every community member can be a part of PoemVillage completely free, regardless of financial status. Offering PoemVillage at no cost is extra important in a year when creativity and community mean more than ever.

PoemVillage 2021

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.

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