Love poems from your 12 year old self. Odes to your favorite snack. Haikus about your first boat ride. Whatever it is, PoemVillage welcomes work from everyone with a love for the Adirondacks.

Residents and visitors of all ages submit poems and visit them in windows throughout April and May. All poems are printed on large posters and hung in downtown business windows. During pocket poetry, miniature poems are scattered throughout businesses and public spaces for all to find!

What’s on this year’s PoemVillage agenda? Open mic night, writing workshops, pub crawls & more!


2019 Schedule of Events

PoemVillage Begins. Friday, April 26th. Poems posted in downtown windows in Saranac Lake.

Digging Into Poetry: A Workshop for New Work. Sunday, April 28th 1-4pm at Lake Flower Landing. Through creative play with words, books, and our imaginations, participants will generate first drafts of new works. All levels of experience encouraged to attend. Led by poet and educator Marilyn McCabe. $25 for ACW members, $35 for non-members. Sign up by April 25.

About the teacher. Marilyn McCabe’s work has garnered her an Orlando Prize from A Room of Her Own, the Hilary Tham Capital Collection contest award from The Word Works, resulting in publication of her book of poems Perpetual Motion, and two artist grants from the New York State Council on the Arts. Her second book of poems, Glass Factory, was published in 2016. Her poems and videopoetry have been published in a variety of print and online literary magazines. She blogs about writing and reading at marilynonaroll.wordpress.com.

Beat & Verse Open Mic. Monday, April 29th at 7pm. An open mic for the writing crowd. Got poems? Stories? Songs? We want it all! Rotating local hosts will read your work if you’re not ready yet. $5 suggested donation. Adirondack Center for Writing + Bliss & Vinegar. We’ll meet over tea and snacks at Bliss & Vinegar in Lake Placid.

Pocket Poetry. Tuesday, April 30th. Hunt for poems across town! All poems are printed on postcards and scattered across the village. Will you find a poem under your coffee cup? Maybe in a book at the library? Or at your favorite trailhead? Who knows! If you want a stack of poems to hide, let us know and you can be a pocket poetry elf.

PoemVillage Pub Crawl. Friday, May 10th, starts at 7pm at Bitters & Bones. Enjoy poet inspired specialty drinks with friends and read poems along the way! Open to all, ages 21+.


PoemVillage Sponsors

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

Gold Sponsors $1,000+

Silver Sponsors $500


About 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

Since 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.