High school students, classes, and homeschooled students are invited to join for a day of performances, workshops, and general awesomeness. Any student is welcome to join, no experience necessary!


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 Roya Marsh, Jon Sands, and Arhm Choi Wild.

This event is free, lunch will be available for purchase on campus. Any classes or individuals that are interested in joining should contact the Adirondack Center for Writing as soon as possible, space fills up fast.

This event is provided by our sponsors Adirondack Foundation-Bengt Ohman Fund, Evergreen Fund, Saranac Lake Public Education Fund, Cloudsplitter Foundation, and Stewart’s Holiday Match


Arhm Choi Wild is a Kundiman fellow from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who holds a MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Arhm was a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize in 2019 and will have a poetry collection published by Write Bloody in 2020. Their work has been published in the anthology Daring to Repair by Wising Up Press and in the magazines Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Split this Rock, Foglifter, Lantern Review, F(r)iction, and others. They have worked as a teacher in New York City for the last six years, and have competed in poetry slams and performed across the country, including at Brave New Voices,  the New York City Poetry Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and the Bowery Poetry Club.

Roya Marsh Bronx, New York native, Roya Marsh, is a nationally ranked poet/performer/educator/activist. She is the Poet in Residence with Urban Word NYC and works feverishly toward LGBTQIA justice and dismantling white supremacy. Roya’s work has been featured in Poetry Magazine, Flypaper Magazine, Frontier Poetry, Nylon Magazine, the Village Voice, Huffington Post, Blavity, The Root, Button Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital, Lexus Verses and Flow, NBC, BET and the Breakbeat Poets Black Girl Magic Anthology (Haymarket 2018). Twitter & Instagram: @ChampagnePoet. Facebook: Roya Marsh

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.