Writers under every rock

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"Rock Stackin' in the Adirondacks" by The MacKay Way, via Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

“Rock Stackin’ in the Adirondacks” by The MacKay Way, via Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

You live in the Adirondack North Country and you figure, “whew, safe from all those writers and literary types.”

Ha! Not so. We have writers. Writers galore. Good ones, too.

At the heart of literary life in this region, the Adirondack Center for Writing, led by Nathalie Thill. This organization puts together an amazing schedule of programs for writers (workshops, publishing seminars, etc.) and for members of the public (readings, slams), including this Thursday’s All Write! Actors from “Selected Shorts” will be performing stories and poetry created as part of a writing and adult literacy program–this event is a collaboration of the Adirondack Center for Writing and Literacy Volunteers of Clinton, Essex & Franklin Counties. (NCPR is media sponsor.)

Once a year, the ACW recognizes the best work produced by writers who live and/or work in the region. Full disclosure: author, poet, storyteller and editor Joe Bruchac and I have served as the fiction judges for years. Awards are presented in a number of categories. Here are this year’s winners:

Children’s Book:  Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey The War of 1812 by Hope Irvin Marston.

Book of Fiction: Far Alaska by Mason Smith. (See Chris Robinson’s review here.)

Memoir: How Was I Supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost by Lorna Lee.

Nonfiction: Women on the Water by Ruth Dandrea, Kathy DeLong, Carol Moseman, and Bonnie Sanderson.

Poetry: Perpetual Motion by Marilyn McCabe.

People’s Choice Award: What’s an Elephant Doing in the Ausable River? by George Speedy Arnold.

The judges are:

Nonfiction and memoir:  Bibi Wein and Jerry McGovern

Fiction: Ellen Rocco and Joseph Bruchac

Poetry: Stephanie Coyne-DeGhett and Stuart Bartow

Children’s Literature: Ellen Wilcox and Nancy Beattie

‘Fess up: you write. Anything published? Be sure to check out the ACW website for information on how to submit your book for consideration in next year’s awards process. And, keep writing–there are still lots of rocks out there that need a writer.