This Weekend: The Newburyport Literary Festival


Newburyport Poetry FestivalThe ninth annual Newburyport Literary Festival (NLF), The Curious Mind, will take place April 25-26 in various venues throughout downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts. This year the Festival will honor renowned local author Andre Dubus III.

The Festival’s Opening Ceremony will be held April 25, 6:00 p.m. at the Firehouse Centre for the Arts, featuring honoree Andre Dubus III in conversation with award-winning author Ann Hood. Dinner With the Authors immediately follows at Nicholson Hall at the Greek Church on Harris Street in downtown Newburyport. The Opening Ceremony is free of charge. Tickets for Dinner With the Authors are $50/person, available online at or by sending a check, made out to the Newburyport Literary Association, to the Newburyport Literary Association, Box 268, Newburyport, MA 01950.

On Saturday, April 26 the Festival will be in full swing beginning at 8:30 a.m. with Coffee with the Poets. During the day, a wide range of distinguished short story writers, children’s authors, biographers, nature writers, critics, screenwriters, poets, novelists, and journalists will read from and discuss their work in various venues throughout downtown Newburyport. Participating authors include Andre Dubus III, Richard Russo, Anne Hood, Wally Lamb, J. Courtney Sullivan, Marge Piercy, Claire Messud, A.M. Juster, Caroline Leavitt, Dick Davis, Jenna Blum, Will Schwalbe as well as our local family of authors including Anne Easter Smith, Rhina Espaillat, Myfanwy Collins and Kate Sullivan.

The NLF is made possible through the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank. Additional support is provided by the Institution for Savings, Provident Bank, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Amesbury, and Merrimac Cultural Councils and the Newburyport Rotary Club.


The Newburyport Literary Festival (NLF), organized by the Newburyport Literary Association, annually celebrates reading, and the love of books. For more information about the 2014 NLF, including authors and their work, please visit