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Newburgh Literary Festival: Readings & Interviews
October 30, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm$20 – $25
Safe Harbors Ritz Theater is thrilled to produce the second annual Newburgh Literary Festival in collaboration with board member, Dr. Hannah Brooks; and the Newburgh Free Library. The festival will begin Saturday, October 30 at 11am with a full day of readings, interviews and conversations with our eight featured writers; a local-authors book fair; and will wrap with an afternoon cocktail reception for writers and guests. Sunday, October 31, will feature a series of in-person writing workshops with award-winning, Hudson Valley-based authors and artists.
The Saturday event, which has been curated by writers Ruth Danon and Belinda McKeon, will include paired readings and moderated conversations and will feature an in-conversation event with Joe Donahue, host of The Book Show and The Round Table on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio.
Belinda McKeon is originally from Ireland but has lived in Newburgh since 2016. She writes fiction and plays. Her novels, Solace and Tender, have won and were finalists for awards including the Geoffrey Faber Prize and the Encore Award. She teaches at Rutgers.
Ruth Danon, the author of three books of poetry and one book of literary criticism, lives, writes, teaches, and curates literary events in the Hudson Valley. She taught writing at NYU for 23 years.
For 30 years, Joe Donahue – the award-winning host of WAMC/ Northeast Public Radio’s “The Roundtable” – has been widely recognized for fostering insightful, thought-provoking conversation. Joe offers his listeners some of the world’s most fascinating people and subjects. As the son of a librarian and former Indie Bookseller, he is a lifelong advocate of reading, bookstores and writers. He also teaches media and interviewing at Bennington College and The College of St. Rose, his alma mater.
THE MAIN PROGRAM, on Saturday, October 30, will feature eight nationally-recognized authors and poets. The authors, in alphabetical order, include:
Julie Chibbaro is the author of the YA novels Into the Dangerous World, Deadly, and Redemption, which won the American Book Award. She has written for the Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley Magazine, and SundanceTV. Julie is the founder of the literary salon Get Lit Beacon.
Erica Hunt, poet and essayist, is the author of Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems and five poetry collections. She is the Bonderman Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Literary Arts department at Brown University.
Jordan Kisner’s Thin Places, is a best book of 2020 by NPR. She is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and her work also appears in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, the Paris Review, and others. Creator of Thresholds podcast for LitHub.
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado is the author of the poetry collection The Life Assignment and translator of Dinapiera Di Donato’s Colaterales/Collateral. He is the managing director of the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center.
Julie Metz is the New York Times bestselling author of Perfection and her new memoir Eva and Eve. She has written for the New York Times, Tablet, Salon, Dame, and Catapult. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s new story collection is American Estrangement. His work appears in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times, among others. He won the 2010 Whiting Writers’Award for nonfiction.
Laura Sims is author of acclaimed novel Looker and four books of poetry. Her collection, Practice, Restraint, won the 2005 Fence Books Alberta Prize. Her work appears in The New Republic, Boston Review, Conjunctions, and others.
Evie Shockley is the author of five poetry collections, most recently the new black and semiautomatic. Both collections won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; the latter was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a professor at Rutgers University.
The schedule is still being worked out but the approximate flow of the day is as follows:
• 11AM kickoff
• 11:10-50AM reading(s)
• 12-12:40PM reading(s)
• 12:45-1:15PM Light lunch items for sale in Green Room
• 1:20PM – Student Award to Vivian Gage by previous winner, Steven Baltsas
• 1:30-2:30PM Belinda McKeon/Ruth Danon interview Joe Donahue
• 2:30-3:10PM reading(s)
• 3:20-4PM reading(s)
• 4-6PM post-event reception in Green Room with local authors book fair
For the student writers award, Vivian Gage is currently a freshman at NFA Main and is a triplet. Vivian has always had a love of writing, the freedom to be creative that she loves. Other than writing, she is also interested in baking, painting, and interior design. She takes great pleasure from learning new things, and when given the opportunity, will try almost anything. In the future, her aim is to get a job that will allow her to travel as well as write.
The post-event reception will feature beverages as well as food, donated by The Orange Hill Bistro. The local authors book fair will feature the following authors>:
Dr. Marianna Boncek
In person tickets are $25
Virtual TIckets are $20