OLD FORGE — Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., will host an Open Mic Night for Writers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The public may share and read from their own work or attend to listen. Those planning on participating should call the library at 315-369-6008, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Readings are held to inspire writers and create opportunities. They are co-sponsored by the Old Forge Library and the Adirondack Center for Writing.
Mary Sanders Shartle, poet and author, will emcee the event and share some of her work.
Shartle was awarded a 2007 individual artist’s grant from the state Council of the Arts to complete her book, “The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale,” which set in the fictional
Adirondack town of Winslow Station.
She is a member of “The Three Poets” with colleagues Marilyn McCabe and Elaine Handley, who are three-time winners of the Adirondack Center for Writing Literary Award for best book of poetry for their chapbooks. In January 2014, she was a finalist in the Tupelo Press Open Prose competition.
Shartle sits on the board of the Adirondack Center for Writing. She teaches numerous writing workshops for adults, children and teens and regularly hosts book discussion groups for Road Scholars (Elder Hostel) at Great Camp Sagamore.
She is familiar to the Old Forge Library, serving as director of this year’s Summer Writers Workshops and as a judge for the library’s annual poetry and illustration contest.