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Newburgh Literary Festival

A weekend of literature and leaf-peeping in historic Newburgh 
Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31, 2021
Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz
107 Broadway • Newburgh, NY
The Newburgh Literary Festival, conceived by Safe Harbors Board member, Dr. Hannah Brooks, and curated by Ruth Danon and Belinda McKeon, will feature the work and words of eight acclaimed writers and will be enlivened by readings, conversations, interviews, interactive workshops, a Local Writers’ Fair and a cocktail mixer catered by Hudson Valley eatery, Orange Hill Restaurant.
This year the Festival committee is thrilled to present poets Erica Hunt, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado and Evie Shockley, as well as fiction writers Julie Chibbaro, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh and Laura Sims, and memoirists Jordan Kisner and Julie Metz. These visiting writers will be introduced by the festival curators, poet Ruth Danon and novelist Belinda McKeon, both of whom live locally.
Danon and McKeon will also moderate a special keynote event Saturday afternoon, a conversation with celebrated broadcaster Joe Donahue, Vice President of News and Programming for Northeast Public Radio and host of the hugely popular programs The Roundtable and The Book Show, nationally syndicated on over 250 stations.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Schedule of Events
11:00 – 11:10 am – Welcome
11:10 – 11:50 am – Julie Chibarro and Laura Sims; In Conversation About the Writing Life
12:00 – 12:40 pm – Julie Metz and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh; Past and Present in Fiction
12:45 – 1:15 pm – Light lunch in Green Room (lunch items for sale)
1:20 – 1:30 pm – Student Writing Award to Vivian Gage, presented by 2019 award winner, Steven Baltsas
1:30 – 2:20 pm – Interview with Joe Donahue, WAMC Northeast Public Radio producer and host; Belinda McKeon and Ruth Danon, interviewers
2:30 – 3:10 pm – Evie Shockley and Jordan Kisner; Writing the Extremes
3:20 – 4:00 pm – Roberto Alberto Maldonado and Erica Hunt; New and Unsuspected Connections
4:00 – 6:00 pm – Local Writers’ Fair & Cocktail Reception
The Local Writers’ Fair & Cocktail Reception will give festival goers a chance to meet, greet and mingle with the featured authors from the full day of programming as well as local authors, playwrights and poets Dr. Marianna Boncek, Melisa Clarke-Dawson, Daniel Guilfoyle, Iris Jackson, David Levine, Santesha Patterson, Jennifer Place, David Surface, Professor Tommy Zurhellen, Mayor Torrance Harvey, Marina Antropow Kramer and Donna Minkowitz.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Writing Workshops
10:00am – 12:00pm, Brokenland, Drew Morrison – Discover the process of writing, drawing, coloring, crowdfunding and distributing a self-published comic book
1:00 – 3:00pm, Writing Ghost Stories, David Surface – Explore the evolution of ghost stories and discuss what gives them their lasting power. Discover how personal experience can be crafted into ghostly writing
3:30 – 5:30pm, Playwriting/Dramaturgy, Shane Bly Killoran – Utilizing classical and modern play passages, this workshop will explore how dramaturgy can be used to breakdown and inform narrative. 
The Newburgh Literary Festival is a fundraiser for Safe Harbors of the Hudson. Tickets to attend the main program on Saturday, October 30 are $25 each and available to purchase on OneCause The two-hour writing workshops held on Sunday, October 31 are $25 each and are available for purchase on OneCause
Festival attendees will find Newburgh to be a walkable and vibrant city rich with history, boasting celebrated architecture, breathtaking natural beauty, and award-winning restaurants in the heart of the Hudson Valley. It is home to many writers and artists, and a diverse, highly-engaged community. As the New York Times noted last year, the city of Newburgh “doesn’t just have good bones – it is magnificent.”
Covid Guidelines: We are committed to providing our guests a safe and enjoyable experience. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and everyone at the event will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. As health guidelines evolve, we will follow all New York State and Federal health protocols provided. Should it become necessary, we will move the event to a virtual presentation.


Thank you to our partners and sponsors:

Page Sponsors:
Newburgh Heights Association
Bookmark Sponsors:
2 Alice’s Coffee Lounge
Downing Film Center


Oct 30, 2021


All Day


Lobby at the Ritz Theater


Lobby at the Ritz Theater
107 Broadway Newburgh, New York 12550


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