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.

Deadline to submit poems: April 1, 2020


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!

Downtown windows will be filled with poetry April 20-May 10, 2020

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

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.