• Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm ET
  • LIVE ONLINE on Zoom // Sessions will be recorded for registrants only to view in case of tech or schedule concerns

Register for a day of writing workshops, epic performances, meeting new friends and fellow writers, swag bags (limited supply), and a meet ‘n greet with poets. A perfect opportunity to include on college applications. Open to any homeschooled and high school students and classes, no experience necessary!

About the High School Writing Retreat

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.

Students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne, Roya Marsh, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands.

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.


10:00-10:30am ET Introductions and poetry reading with Mahogany L. Browne and Jon Sands

10:30am-12:00pm ET Writing workshop with Mahogany L. Browne and Jon Sands

1:00-1:15pm ET Poetry reading with Roya Marsh and Jive Poetic

1:15-2:30pm ET Writing workshop with Roya Marsh and Jive Poetic

2:30-3:00pm ET Student poetry reading hosted by Roya Marsh and Jive Poetic. Meet and greet with poets to follow.

Sign up yourself or your class

about the poets

Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. Executive Director of Bowery Poetry Club & Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC & Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby & Black Girl Magic (Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books) & Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of the Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) & as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration, investigating its impact on women and children. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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

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 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. When he is not on tour or hosting, he teaches poetry and hip – hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and the surrounding area. 

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.