Newburyport Literary Festival: A Celebration of Literature, Readers, and Writers
Newburyport Literary Festival: A Celebration of Literature, Readers, and Writers

2014 Moderators

Listed in alphabetical order

Myfanwy CollinsMyfanwy Collins

Finding the Story: Short Story Writers on Craft and Inspiration — Saturday 1:00 PM

Myfanwy Collins lives in Byfield, Massachusetts with her husband and son. She has published a novel, Echolocation (2012), and a collection of her short fiction, I Am Holding Your Hand (2013). Her YA novel, THE BOOK OF LANEY, is forthcoming in March 2015. She has also published fiction and essays in The Kenyon Review, The Potomac Review, The Cream City Review, AGNI, Quick Fiction, and other venues. For more information, please visit her web site:


Sherri FrankSherri Frank

All Creatures Great and Small:
The Bond Between Humans and Animals — Saturday 2:30 PM

Sherri Frank has worked in medical publishing most of her life. She has been a medical journal Publisher and an Editorial Director for CME programs. Currently, she oversees the content development and production of decision aids, which help patients make informed choices about their health care. She studied creative writing at Emerson College and joined the Festival Steering Committee in 2010.


Dyke HendricksonDyke Hendrickson

The Scene of the Crime — Saturday 9:00 AM

Dyke Hendrickson is a journalist and author who has written three books, two histories on the migration of the French-Canadians Quiet Presence: Stories of Franco-Americans in New England and Franco-Americans of Maine, and a mystery, Hollywood Press Tour. Newspapers he has written for include the Portland Press Herald, the Boston Herald and the New Orleans-Times Picayune - the latter at which he was a book reviewer. He is now with the The Daily News in Newburyport, and has embarked on a 20-part series focusing on the 250th anniversary of the city.


Leslie HendricksonLeslie Hendrickson

Chasing Alaska — Saturday 2:30 PM

Leslie Hendrickson is a news editor at The Wall Street Journal focusing arts and culture coverage. She also edits a daily food column and writes stories under the byline V.L. Hendrickson. She has written for Family Circle, Jane magazine and ARTnews, and is a graduate of St. John's College in Santa Fe, N.M., and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Leslie has competed in eight triathlons, but still hasn't finished "Moby Dick." This summer, she plans to drive through North Dakota, which is the only state in the Continental U.S. she has not visited.


Lucy KaylinLucy Kaylin

Closing Ceremony — Saturday 7:00 PM

Lucy Kaylin is editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. Since joining the staff as deputy editor in September of 2009, she helped steer the magazine through a major redesign and win many awards, including the 2012 National Magazine Award for General Excellence and the Clarion Award for Best Overall External Magazine, as well as MIN and GLAAD awards for articles she conceived and edited. Before O, Kaylin was the executive editor of Marie Claire where she helped overhaul the magazine’s content, as well as develop the reality show Running in Heels. (In partnership with Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles, formerly of Marie Claire, she has other projects currently in development for cable and network television.) Kaylin began her career at Little, Brown and Company before moving to magazines—first as a fact-checker at Vogue, then at GQ where she spent nearly two decades rising through the ranks, as staff writer, senior writer, special correspondent, and features editor, contributing over one hundred articles to the magazine. Kaylin is the author of two books, For the Love of God: The Faith and Future of the American Nun (William Morrow, 2000) and The Perfect Stranger: The Truth About Mothers and Nannies (Bloomsbury USA, 2007), and a contributor to the anthology The Secret Currency of Love (William Morrow, 2009). A volunteer with Step Up, a professional women’s network helping teen girls in under-resourced communities achieve their potential, she lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.


Christina KolianderChristina Koliander

The Invention of the American Meal — Saturday 11:00 AM

Christina Koliander is an award-winning journalist and food writer from Vermont. A member of Cooking Light magazine’s “Bloggers’ Connection,” you can read about Chris’s cooking adventures at


Lisa PerkinsLisa Perkins

In Her Name: Katherine Anne Porter Prize Winners — Saturday 9:00 AM

With a PhD in 19th century British Literature from the University of Chicago, Lisa Perkins has taught at Tufts, Harvard, and Emerson College, but then left academia to write screenplays and to produce documentary films. She was the associate producer of Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson—(2004), and the writer, producer director of Secret Intelligence: Decoding Hedy Lamarr (in post-production). Her fiction has appeared in Quiddity, The Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere, including in The Fourth River, which nominated a story for a Pushcart Prize in 2011. In 2012 Lisa won the Meringoff Fiction Award and the New Millennium Fiction Prize. In February 2014, the first chapter of her novel-in-progress will appear as a Ploughshares Solo.


Dawn RennertDawn Rennert

Real Life in Literature: The Art of Mixing Fact and Fiction — Saturday 2:30 PM

Dawn Rennert is an avid reader who is especially fond of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, personal memoir, literary fiction, and children's picture books. She is a co-owner of her local independent bookstore, the Concord Bookshop, in Concord, MA, active in the Boston chapter of the Women's National Book Association, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.


Hilary Van DusenHilary B. Van Dusen

Not Just for Teens:
The Growing Popularity of the Young Adult Novel — Saturday 10:30 AM

Hilary B. Van Dusen, Senior Editor at Candlewick Press, concentrates on middle-grade and young adult nonfiction as well as fiction for the same age groups. She works with award-winning authors including Tanya Lee Stone, Robie Harris, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Paul Janeczko, Patricia MacLachlan, Pat Lowery Collins, Sally Walker, and Martin Sandler. She also heads up the paperback fiction publishing program and coordinates the Candlewick on Brilliance Audio imprint. She was previously an editor of children's books at Little, Brown and of professional development books for teachers at Heinemann. A resident of the North Shore, she spends as much time on or in the ocean as possible.


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