Newburyport Literary Festival

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

Fiction | Nonfiction | Poetry | Moderators |

Listed in alphabetical order
Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick is a journalist, essayist, critic, and author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own. A Newburyport native, she now lives in New Haven, CT, where she teaches writing at Yale University and is a senior editor of The Yale Review.

Robin Kall

Robin Kall

Robin Kall is a literary influencer who over the past two decades has built a devoted and passionate following. In addition to her radio talk show, Robin has hosted countless “can’t miss” author events including “Summer With Robin” and “Evening With Authors.” She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and their corgi, Benny.
Laura Szaro Kopinski

Laura Szaro Kopinski

Laura Szaro Kopinski hosts A Bookish Home podcast, featuring “behind the book” interviews with bestselling authors. Laura has worked as both a school and public librarian and is a NoveList Contributor for Ebsco. She enjoys getting involved in the local literary community and is a member of the Newburyport Literary Festival’s programming committee, serves on the board of the Friends of the Rowley Library, and has been a judge for the Massachusetts Book Awards and the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowships. Laura lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts with her two children.
Richard K. Lodge

Richard K. Lodge

Richard K. Lodge worked as editor of The Daily News of Newburyport for five years before retiring in December 2021. Prior to The Daily News he was editor-in-chief of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham for 15 years and worked as an editor, reporter and photographer at newspapers in Massachusetts and Maine before that. Currently he is a freelance writer and is finishing a biography of Reuben Cross, a mid-20th century fly tier from the Catskills. He also edits The Reel News, the member magazine of the Old Reel Collectors Association (www.orcaonline.org), a post he has held since 2005. Lodge, a Newburyport resident, is a member of the Friends of William Lloyd Garrison and board member of the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

Meg Mitchell Moore

Meg Mitchell Moore

Meg Mitchell Moore is the USA Today bestselling author of eight novels. She is not a native of Newburyport but she’s lived here longer than she’s lived anywhere else so she has adopted it as her hometown. She has an undergraduate degree from Providence College (go Friars) and a master’s degree in English Literature from New York University. She loves writing, reading, and running on the North Shore and spending time with/attempting to rein in the chaos of her husband, their three teen and young adult daughters, and two exuberantly shedding golden retrievers.

Yvette Ndlovu

Yvette Lisa Ndlovu

Yvette Lisa Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean sarungano. Her debut short story collection Drinking from Graveyard Wells (University Press of Kentucky) won the Cornell University 2023 Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing and was shortlisted for the Ursula Le Guin Prize for Fiction. Her novel manuscript-in-progress was selected by George R.R. Martin for the Worldbuilder Scholarship. She earned her BA at Cornell University and her MFA at UMass Amherst. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Tin House Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. She is the Newhouse Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Wellesley College and has taught at UMass Amherst, Clarion West online, and the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. She is the co-founder of the Voodoonauts Summer Fellowship for Black SFF writers. Her work has been anthologized in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction 2021 and the NAACP-award nominated Africa Risen (Tor). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Journal, F&SF, Tor.com, Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, and Fiyah Literary Magazine for Black Speculative Fiction. She is currently at work on a novel.

Sam Robbins

Sam Pfeifle

Sam Pfeifle is the co-owner of the Book Shop of Beverly Farms (with sister Hannah Harlow), a freelance journalist, and frontman of the World Famous Grassholes. Dwight Evans is his all-time favorite baseball player. Or maybe it’s Pedro Martinez.
Kate Tuttle

Kate Tuttle

A past president of the National Book Critics Circle, Kate Tuttle has edited the book sections of The Boston Globe and People magazine. Her reviews, author profiles, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.

Hannah Harlow

Hannah Harlow

Hannah Harlow has an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. After working in publishing for 17 years, most recently at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Executive Director of Marketing, she left in January 2020 to purchase the Book Shop of Beverly Farms in Beverly, MA. She lives on the north shore of Massachusetts with her husband and two boys.
Leslie Hendrickson

Leslie Hendrickson

Leslie Hendrickson is a New York City and Connecticut-based journalist. She is also a puppet maker, an Agatha Christie aficionado and has been involved in every Newburyport Literary Festival. She leads a monthly writing group and volunteers for Girls Write Now, mentoring a high school student on writing.

Zara Raab

Zara Raab

Zara Raab’s new edition of Swimming the Eel appeared last year. Her work, including book reviews as well as poems, has appeared in The Hudson Review, Mezzo Cammin, Verse Daily, Arts & Letters, Stand (UK), and Poet Lore. She joined the Powow River Poets shortly before the pandemic in 2020, and lives in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson is a novelist, journalist, and ghostwriter. Under her own name, she has published a memoir and six novels with Penguin Random House, as well as articles, essays, and humor columns in national publications such as Real Simple and Parents. As a ghostwriter, she has published 12 works of nonfiction with major publishers such as St. Martin’s, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House. Her special areas of interest include education, health, medical research, family relationships, immigrant stories, Latin America, and women’s lives.