Newburyport Literary Festival

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

Listed in alphabetical order

Catherine ChandlerCatherine Chandler

Night Vision and the Lighting of Candles — Saturday 10:00 AM Catherine Chandler is a Canadian and American poet, teacher and translator. Chandler’s first full-length collection of poetry, Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press, 2011), was shortlisted in 2013 for the prestigious Poets’ Prize. A second full-length collection, Glad and Sorry Seasons, was published by Biblioasis Press (Windsor, Ontario) in April, 2014. Awards include the Richard Wilbur Award (2016) for her manuscript The Frangible Hour (her third full-length collection, published in late December, 2016 by the University of Evansville Press, and nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award (winner, 2010) for her poem, “Coming to Terms”, the final judge being A. E. Stallings. She was also a finalist in the Nemerov competition on eight other occasions. Her poem, “Pack Rat”, a parody of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Renascence”, was among ten finalists in the 2015 X.J. Kennedy Parody Award. Her work has received eight Pushcart Prize nominations. Catherine Chandler currently lives in Saint-Lazare-de-Vaudreuil, Québec and Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Robert CrawfordRobert W. Crawford

Two Writers Under One Roof — Saturday 9:00 AM Robert W. Crawford lives in Chester, New Hampshire. His second book of poetry, The Empty Chair, won the 2011 Richard Wilbur Award His first book, Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man, was published in 2005. He is a two-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, the co-founder of the Hyla Brook Poets, and a long-time member of Newburyport’s own Powow River Poets. He is the Director of the annual Frost Farm Poetry Conference and is the Poet Laureate of Derry, NH.

David DavisDavid Davis

Breakfast with the Poets — Saturday 8:30 AM David Davis has been a member of the Powow River Poets since 2005. He is an artificial intelligence researcher and high-tech entrepreneur with a long-term interest in writing. A story of his in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, anthologized and translated into multiple languages, was listed as one of the top 20 science fiction short stories of its year. Davis has edited or written five books in his area of technical expertise, and has published two books of poetry.

Duy DoanDuy Doan

Flair — Saturday 1:00 PM Duy Doan is the author of We Play a Game, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Slate, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, Doan received an MFA in poetry from Boston University. [clearboth]

Mark DotyMark Doty

Writing Hard Stories: Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma [br]— Saturday 10:30 AM [br]The Yoking of Love and Loss — Saturday 2:00 PM Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (April 2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years, Firebird, and Heaven’s Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize.

Rhina P. EspaillatRhina P. Espaillat

Carrying Over, Carrying On: A Panel on Translating Poetry — Saturday 11:00 AM Rhina P. Espaillat has published ten full-length books and three chapbooks, comprising poetry, essays and short stories, in both English and her native Spanish, and prize-winning translations from and into Spanish. Her work appears in numerous journals, websites and anthologies, and has earned national and international awards. Her most recent publications are two poetry collections in English titled Playing at Stillness and Her Place in These Designs, as well as a book of Spanish translations titled Oscura fruta/Dark Berries: Forty-two Poems by Richard Wilbur, and a book of Spanish translations titled Algo hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn’t Love a Wall: Forty Poems by Robert Frost, both available from

John FoyJohn Foy

Night Vision and the Lighting of Candles — Saturday 10:00 AM John Foy’s new book, Night Vision, was selected by Adam Kirsch as winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize and was published in 2017 by St. Augustine’s Press. His first book is Techne’s Clearinghouse. His poems have been included in the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, The Raintown Review Anthology, and Rabbit Ears, an anthology of poems about TV, and they have appeared widely in journals and online. He lives in New York with his wife, the Brazilian painter Majô L. Foy, and their two children, Catherine and Chris. His website is:

Erica FunkhouserErica Funkhouser

Beloved Mentors: Erica Funkhouser and Evan Dalton Smith — Saturday 3:00 PM Erica Funkhouser is the author of five books of poetry. Her newest collection, Post & Rail, won the 2017 Idaho Poetry Prize and is being published by Lost Horse Press. She teaches writing at MIT and lives in Essex, MA. [clearboth]

Midge GoldbergMidge Goldberg

Two Writers Under One Roof — Saturday 9:00 AM Midge Goldberg is the recipient of the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award as well as a finalist in 2017. She received the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award for her book Snowman’s Code, chosen as the 2016 New Hampshire Literary Awards Reader’s Choice Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Measure, Light, Appalachia, and Poetry Speaks: Who I Am. Her other books include Flume Ride and the children’s book My Best Ever Grandpa. She is a longtime member of the Powow River Poets and has an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Chester, New Hampshire, with her family, two cats, and an ever-changing number of chickens.

Rachel HadasRachel Hadas

The Yoking of Love and Loss — Saturday 2:00 PM Rachel Hadas is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her most recent collection of poems is “Questions in the Vestibule” (Northwestern University Press 2016); Northwestern will publish her verse translations of Euripides’ two Iphigenia plays in April 2018. A new collection, “Poems for Camilla,” is due out in June 2018 from Measure Press. The recipient of honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the O.B. Harrison Poetry Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Rachel is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she has taught for many years.

AM JusterA.M. Juster

Breakfast with the Poets — Saturday 8:30 AM Carrying Over, Carrying On: A Panel on Translating Poetry — Saturday 11:00 AM A.M. Juster’s work has appeared in Poetry, Hudson Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review and many other journals. He won the Richard Wilbur Award for his first book of original poetry and the Barnstone Translation Prize; he is also a three-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His most recent books are: Tibullus’ Elegies (Oxford University Press 2012), Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles (University of Toronto Press 2015) and Sleaze & Slander (Measure Press 2016). In 2016 Kelsay Books published The Billy Collins Experience and in 2018 the University of Pennsylvania Press will publish The Elegies of Maximianus. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard with two honorary degrees. Photo credit: Johnson Photography.

Jean KreilingJean L. Kreiling

Breakfast with the Poets — Saturday 8:30 AM Jean L. Kreiling is the author of two poetry collections, Arts & Letters & Love (2018) and The Truth in Dissonance (2014). Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, and Think, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of the Able Muse Write Prize, the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Sonnet Contest, two New England Poetry Club prizes, and the String Poet Prize, and has been a six-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Kreiling teaches music history at Bridgewater State University; her interdisciplinary essays on music and poetry have appeared in several academic journals.

Jenna LeJenna Le

Flair — Saturday 1:00 PM A Minnesota-born daughter of Vietnam War refugees, Jenna Le earned her B.A. in mathematics before obtaining her M.D. She lives and works as a physician and educator in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. She is the author of two full-length collections of poems, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011), which was a Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller, and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Anchor & Plume Press, 2016), which won Second Place in the 2017 Elgin Awards. Her poetry, fiction, essays, book criticism, and poetry translations have been published widely. Le has been a Minnetonka Review Editor’s Prize winner, a two-time Alpha Omega Alpha Pharos Poetry Competition winner, a William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition finalist, a Michael E. DeBakey Poetry Award finalist, a Pamet River Prize semifinalist, a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a Best of the Net nominee, and a Rhysling Award nominee. Since 2014 (after her Pharos Poetry Competition wins), Le has also served on the editorial board of the Pharos, the journal of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Barbara Lydecker CraneBarbara Lydecker Crane

Breakfast with the Poets — Saturday 8:30 AM Barbara Lydecker Crane has published three chapbooks, Zero Gravitas (White Violet Press, 2012), Alphabetricks (for children, Daffydowndilly Press, 2013), and BackWords Logic (Local Gems Press, 2017). She has won the Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest, the Humor Award and a Laureate’s Choice Award in the Maria Faust Sonnet Contest, and was a Finalist for the RattleReaders’ Choice Award. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Atlanta Review, First Things, Light, Measure and Think Journal, among many others, and in several anthologies. Also an artist, she lives with her husband in the Boston area.

James NajarianJames Najarian

Breakfast with the Poets — Saturday 8:30 AM James Najarian grew up on a goat farm in central Pennsylvania. He teaches Victorian literature at Boston College. He published a critical volume, Victorian Keats, in 2003. He has had poetry published in The Literary Imagination, Tar River Poetry, West Branch, The Mennonite, The Cape Rock, and other journals. The Goat Songs, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize from the University of North Texas Press is his first volume of poetry.

Aidan RooneyAidan Rooney

Carrying Over, Carrying On: A Panel on Translating Poetry — Saturday 11:00 AM Aidan Rooney was born and grew up in Monaghan, Ireland. After graduating cum laude from Maynooth College, National University of Ireland – where, in 1982, he won the Guinness Literary Award for Poetry – he lived and taught in Ireland, France and Texas for a number of years before moving to New England. In 1996 he was winner of the W.B. Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition and in 1997 he received the Sunday Tribune / Hennessy Cognac award for New Irish Poetry. His collections, Day Release (2000) and Tightrope (2007), are published there by The Gallery Press. His translations and original poems appear widely in journals and anthologies in Europe and North America, among the latter: The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe), Staying Alive (Bloodaxe) and 180 More (Random House). In 2013, Aidan was awarded the Daniel Varoujan Award from the New England Poetry Club. His most recent collection, Go There, is forthcoming from Madhat Press (early 2019). Aidan has been teaching at Thayer Academy (Braintree, MA) since 1988.

Evan Dalton SmithEvan Dalton Smith

Beloved Mentors: Erica Funkhouser and Evan Dalton Smith — Saturday 3:00 PM Evan Dalton Smith is a freelance writer whose poems, essays, and humor writing have appeared in Slate, Washington Post, Paris Review, Ploughshares, the New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, the LA Review of Books, the Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere. He worked for several years in New York City as an editor for Poets & Writers, Inc., and is a recent transplant to Newburyport. His first book of nonfiction, Looking for Andy Griffith, is forthcoming from UNC Press.

Daniel TobinDaniel Tobin

Two Writers Under One Roof — Saturday 9:00 AM [br]Carrying Over, Carrying On: A Panel on Translating Poetry — Saturday 11:00 AM Daniel Tobin is the author of eight books of poems, most recently From Nothing, winner of the Julia Ward Howe Prize and the forthcoming Blood Labors, as well as The Stone in the Air, his versions from Paul Celan. He is author of several critical works including the forthcoming On Serious Earth. Among his awards are the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Emerson College.

deborahwarren-sDeborah Warren

Breakfast with the Poets — Saturday 8:30 AM Deborah Warren is the author of three poetry collections, The Size of Happiness (2003), Zero Meridian (2004), which received the New Criterion Prize, and Dream with Flowers and Bowl of Fruit (2008), recipient of the Richard Wilbur Award. Her poems have appeared in the Hudson Review, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, and Yale Review. Her work has also earned her the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and the Robert Frost Poetry Award. She lives with her husband in Massachusetts.