Three incredible poets, two unforgettable days at Paul Smith’s College, and hundreds of inspired students

On May 2 & 3 (Mon – Tues), the Adirondack Center for Writing will present the 17th annual High School Writing Retreat at Paul Smith’s College. Students will enjoy poetry performances and learn to supercharge their writing with workshop leaders and poetry rockstars Roya MarshJive Poetic, and Karl Michael Iglesias.

Register for two days of writing workshops, epic performances, meeting new friends and fellow writers, and a meet & greet with poets. A perfect opportunity to include on college applications. Open to any high school students and classes, including homeschool students. No experience necessary, and no fee to attend. 

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. Thanks to Stewarts Shops, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Charles R Wood Foundation, and the Saranac Lake Public School Education Fund for supporting the 2022 High School Writing Retreat!


Roya Marsh is a Bronx, New York, native and a nationally recognized poet, performer, educator, and activist. She is the Poet in Residence at Urban Word NYC and she works feverishly toward LGBTQIA justice and dismantling white supremacy. Marsh’s work has been featured on NBC, BET, Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital, and in Poetry magazine, Flypaper MagazineFrontier PoetryThe Village VoiceNylonHuff PostLexus Verses and Flow, and The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket 2018).

Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. In 2017 Jive was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and the co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. His work has been showcased on season four of TVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS News Hour, and BET. International recognition and support for his work has come from the British Arts Council; US Embassies in Australia, Brazil, and Poland; and the Minister Of Culture in Antigua and Barbuda. Currently, Jive is the Friday night poetry slam curator and host at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café. When he is not on tour, he teaches  poetry and hip – hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and the surrounding area.

Karl Michael Iglesias is a Puerto Rican actor, director, and author originally from Milwaukee, WI.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble, he continues his exploration of verse and heightened language in theater as a part of The BARS Workshop at The Public Theater in New York, where writers/performers develop new verse for the stage. His poetry has been featured at festivals such as Brave New Voices, Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational, Hip Hop Theater Festival of NYC (currently HI-ARTS), the Contacting the World Theatre Festival in Manchester, England, Dance Theater of Harlem and The Public Theater. His poetry can also be read on Apogee, The Acentos Review, The Breakwater Review, The Florida Review, RHINO Poetry, Kweli Journal, The Westchester Review, The Brooklyn Review, The Madison Review and The Break Beat Poets Vol4 : Latinext (2020). As an emcee, he has shared the stage with Anderson Paak, Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper, Ludacris, Wale and Kendrick Lamar to name a few. Karl is also a proud Urban Word NYC Poet Mentor and a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Karl is the author of Catch a Glow, available now on Finishing Line Press. Karl lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Any classes or individuals that are interested in joining should contact the Adirondack Center for Writing as soon as possible, space fills up fast. Swag bags will be available to local school participants by delivery. Free for all to attend thanks to our sponsors Charles R. Wood Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Saranac Lake Public School Education Fund.

Sign up yourself or your class