Newburyport Literary Festival

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

About the Festival

Welcome to the Newburyport Literary Festival!

We are a vibrant community of readers and writers who come together each year to bask in the love of reading. A celebration of literature, from fiction to poetry to non-fiction and biography, the festival features author readings, panel discussions, and book signings held in venues across historic Newburyport, Massachusetts.

  • This year, the festival opens at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, hosting authors Peter Orner in conversation with Andre Dubus. Join us later that evening for a cocktail party at The Grog Restaurant.
  • The lineup continues Saturday, April 29, with an exciting day of in-person talks and readings and on Sunday, April 30, a virtual experience, featuring authors from a distance—right in your own home!

Why a Newburyport Literary Festival…

Vicki Hendrickson, Chair of the Newburyport Literary Festival, asks you to mark your calendar for the 2023 event…
April 28 to 30, 2023.

With a rich literary heritage, the greater Newburyport area has a lot to be excited about. Writers as diverse as John Greenleaf Whittier, John P. Marquand, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Andre Dubus II have called Newburyport home.

This effort is made possible through the generosity of our founding sponsors:

  • Institution for Savings and Newburyport Bank

The Board of the Newburyport Literary Association

  • Vicki Hendrickson, Chair
  • Nate Allard
  • Grace Connolly
  • Steve Deguglielmo
  • Scott Eaton
  • Leslie Hendrickson
  • Cindy Johnson
  • Sara Kelso
  • Dorothy LaFrance
  • Patty St. John

Steering Committee

  • Bethany Dorau
  • Betsy Westebdorf
  • Ghlee Woodworth
  • Hannah Harlow
  • Jill Gross
  • Laura Kopinski
  • Leslie Hendrickson
  • Linda Carpino
  • Martha Mercer Ribeiro
  • Mary Barlow
  • Meg Moore
  • Michael Cameron
  • Molli Wentworth
  • Nana Kennedy
  • Sara Kelso
  • Skye Wentworth
  • Vicki Hendrickson
  • Zara Raab

A Special Message to GoFundMe Invest in the Fest! Donors

Our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you. Your belief in the power of literature inspires us. Thanks so very much again for your Invest in the Fest! We are spellbound by your generosity!