with workshop leaders and poetry legends

Mahogany L. Browne, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands

About. Since 2005, the Adirondack Center for Writing has hosted its annual High School Writing Retreat, and each year brings in more talented local teen writers. Three of the most experienced and exciting performance poets in the world will lead the Adirondack Center for Writing’s twelfth annual High School Writing Retreat.

During this two-day event, students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands.

High school students, classes, and homeschooled students are invited to join for a day of performances, workshops, and general awesomeness. The High School Writing Retreat is on October 26 and 27 from 9am-3pm at Paul Smith’s College. Any student is welcome to join, no experience necessary!

This event is free, lunch will be available for purchase on campus. If you or your class can only attend for one day, please plan to join on October 26. Any classes or individuals that are interested in joining should contact the Adirondack Center for Writing as soon as possible, space fills up fast.

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Sponsors. This event is provided by our sponsors Adirondack Foundation- Benght Ohman Fund, Evergreen Fund, Saranac Lake Public Education Fund, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Saranac Lake Young Arts Association, and Stewart’s Holiday Match.

About this year’s workshop leaders


Mahogany L. Browne The Cave Canem and Poets House alumnae is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs including the live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is anticipating the release of several poetry collections in 2015: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & the anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute. Follow Mahogany L. Browne on twitter & instagram: @mobrowne. 

Jive Poetic received his BA in Media Studies from The University of Buffalo before dedicating all of his time to good poems, classic hip-hop albums, clever t-shirts, blue pitbulls and bodega sandwiches. Jive is the co-founder of both JAM ON IT POETRY and THE SOUNDBITES POETRY FESTIVAL. Currently he is the host of the Open Slam at THE NUYORICAN POETS CAFE’. When JIVE POETIC is not on tour he leads poetry and hip-hop workshops in the New York City Public School system and in various community centers throughout the TRI-STATE area. Follow Jive Poetic on twitter & instagram @jivepoetic.

Jon Sands is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of  The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, published widely in various journals, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films, is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and a facilitator with the Dialogue Arts Project. He is a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches creative writing for adults at both Bailey House in Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center) and the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange in Manhattan). He tours extensively, but lives in Brooklyn. Follow Jon Sands on social media @iamjonsands.