Newburyport Literary Festival

A Celebration of Literature, Readers, and Writers
• In-Person & Virtual Events • April 26–28, 2024

Listed in alphabetical order

Micha ArcherMicha Archer

Let’s Make a Poem! — Saturday 1:00 PM Micha Archer has illustrated The Wise Fool and Lola’s Fandango and many other books for educational presses. Daniel Finds a Poem is the first book she’s also written. Working in collage and oil, her use of color and pattern is influenced by the arts and architecture of countries she has lived in and visited. She realized the importance of the book as a teaching tool after teaching in a kindergarten classroom and raising two children. Micha lives in the house she and her husband built in Western Massachusetts surrounded by gardens and forest to roam in. Photo by John Rae.
Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson

FAMILIES: The GOOD, The BAD, and The WACKY! — Saturday 1:00 PM Elizabeth Atkinson is the middle grade author of From Alice to Zen and Everyone In Between, I, Emma Freke, The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball, and The Island of Beyond (April 2016). Her books have earned various honors and awards, including Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books, Honor Book Award by the Society of School Librarians International, Sunshine State Young Reader Award, a gold Moonbeam Award, and most recently, the Ado-Lisant Prize in Belgium. In addition to freelance writing for many years, she’s worked in publishing and taught English Literature as far away as Hangzhou, China. She divides her time between Newburyport and the magical woods of western Maine, and visits schools across the country, virtually and in person. More information can be found at

Cris BeamCris Beam

Exploring Gender Identity in LGBTQ Literature for Teens — Saturday 10:30 AM Cris Beam is an author and professor in New York City. She is also the author of Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Harcourt 2007), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor book. Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in 2011 and was named a Kirkus Best Book and Library Guild Selection, and is the first book with a transgender character to land on the state of California’s recommended reading list for public high schools. Her most recent book, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care (Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt, 2013), was named a 2013 New York Times Notable Book, and was a best book on several year-end lists including NPR, New York Magazine and The Boston Globe. Cris’ work has also been featured in the New York Times, The Awl, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and on This American Life. Cris teaches creative writing at Columbia University and New York University.

Lucia GreeneLucia Greene

Pets With Benefits: Build a Worm Farm to Help Mother Earth! — Saturday 11:00 AM Lucia Greene grew up alongside a river in Connecticut, lived by the harbor in South Freeport, Maine, and finished childhood riding her horse through the family farm’s beautiful pine forest in Poland Spring, Maine. A lifelong reader in a family of writers, she edited children’s books for a New York publisher, was an editor and journalist at People magazine, and currently writes for the education, freight rail and non-profit industries. Greene’s debut middle grade novel, A Tunnel in the Pines, explores the friendship and adventures of two boys whose club initiation involves digging a tunnel deep in pine woods. The story introduces kids to the environmental rewards of worm farming—attending kids will learn how to build their own! Lucia and her husband have three grown children and live in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Katherine HoweKatherine Howe

Katherine Howe reads from The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen — Saturday 11:00 AM What a Girl Wants — Saturday 2:30 PM Katherine Howe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and Conversion. She has hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for the National Geographic Channel, and her fiction has been translated into over twenty-five languages. A native Texan, she lives in New England and upstate New York, where she teaches at Cornell and is at work on her next novel.

Dana Alison LevyDana Alison Levy

FAMILIES: The GOOD, The BAD, and The WACKY! — Saturday 1:00 PM Dana Alison Levy was raised by pirates but escaped at a young age and went on to earn a degree in aeronautics and puppetry. Actually, that’s not true—she just likes to make things up. That’s why she always wanted to write books. She was born and raised in New England and studied English literature before going to graduate school for business. While there is value in all learning, had she known she would end up writing for a living she might not have struggled through all those statistics and finance classes. Dana writes novels for kids and teenagers. Her first novel, The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, received accolades from the American Library Association, Bank Street College of Education, The Boston Globe, NPR, and others, and appears on several state award lists. The sequel, The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island, comes out in May 2016. Dana was last seen romping with her family in New England. If you want more information, or need to report her for excessive romping, go to

Naoko StoopNaoko Stoop

The Red Knit Cap Girl — Saturday 9:30 AM Naoko Stoop lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a self-taught artist. Several years ago, when she felt stuck in her life, she quit everything and started to paint. She is the author and/or illustrator of several children’s picture books, including the Red Knit Cap Girl series, All Creatures Great and Small, Noah’s Ark, and Jonah and the Big Fish. Her books have won several awards, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Picture Book; the National Parenting Publication Award, Gold; and the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.