The Town of Swampscott will turn a page in its cultural history with the November launch of the Red Rock Literary Festival, featuring dozens of resident writers, editors, graphic designers, and teachers.
Funded by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council (SCC), ReachArts and the Library will present the Lit Fest on Nov. 6 &7. All are welcome to attend!
Zoom attendance information will be provided via email after registration.
Day 1: Saturday, November 6
11:00 - KEYNOTE ADDRESS Swampscott resident Ian Thomsen wrote for decades about sports for major outlets around the world. While covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, he published The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown between Lebron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk that Saved the NBA (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018). Ian now works at Northeastern University’s News service.
12:00-1:00 - NONFICTION: Truth woven into story
Mary HigginsBook: Too Tired to Cook: The Guide to Choosing Foods that Boost your Energy and Enhance Your Immune System (2022)
Robert JauronBook: Big Blue Days, The Story of a Small-town Football Dynasty in Swampscott, Massachusetts (2018)
Steve RosenbergBook: Middle Class Heroes: Voices from Boston's Suburbs (2017)
Nancy SosnowskiDissertation: “Women of Color Staking a Claim for Cyber Domain: Unpacking The Racial/Gender Gap in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology” (2002)
David TownsendBooks: Rock 'n' Roll and War and Peace (2015); Retracing Steps (2020)
1:00-1:30 - Lunch break
1:30-2:00 - SPECIAL: Pachelbel’s LegacyBerklee Prof. Beth Denisch shares Pachelbel's "Canon in D" and its influence on pop songsBook: Contemporary Counterpoint (Music)
2:15-3:15 - POETRY for the meaning of life
Lee Eric FreedmanSwampscott Poet Laureate and founder of the Tin Box Poets
Publications: Mad Man of Lynn Anthology; Extreme (anthology)
Nancy HewittSwampscott Poet LaureateBooks: HEARD; Completing the Arc
Steven IannoconneSwampscott Poet Laureate
Cenna KhatibCollege grad and S.U.R.E. advocate
Melissa VarnavasLong-time Tin Box Member
3:30 – 4:30 - LITERARY PERFORMANCES in costume
Day Two: Sunday, November 7
11:00-12:15 - FICTION for living vicariously
Deahn BerriniNovels: Milkweed; How to Earn Your Keep; A Roanoke Story
Kevin CareyNovel: Murder in the Marsh; Junior Miles and The Junkman (Fall 2023)
Elizabeth de VeerNovel: The Ocean in Winter
Lina RehalRomance Novels: October In New York; Loving Daniel; Jillie & Sam; Lasting Impressions; Someday Is Here
12:30-1:15 - CHILDREN’S & YOUNG ADULT for the inner artist
Rick AppelBooks: The Grandfather Clock Series
Mark ShashaBooks: Night of the Moonjellies; Hall of Beasts
1:15-1:45 - Lunch break
2:00-2:45 - SCREENWRITING makes the work come alive
Barry Brodsky, Lesley UniversityPlays and books: 1. All Other Nights (full length play); 2. Now Write! Screenwriting edited by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson; 3. Boston Theater Marathon of Ten-Minute plays (anthology); 4. 25 in 10 edited by Kent Brown (anthology)
Julie Butters, Flock TheatreBook: Pocket Prayers for Young Professionals (23rd Publications)Stage adaptations: Jane Eyre, produced as a Zoom film in 2020 (in which she played adult Jane); Little Women, to be performed by The Williams School in New London, Conn., Nov. 2021.
Kevin Carey, Salem State UniversityScreen & stage: Unburying Malcolm Miller, a documentary, premiered at the Mass Poetry Festival in 2016. The Stand or Sal is Dead, a stage play, opened in Newburyport, MA. at The Actor’s Studio in 2018. Kevin co-authored a screenplay, Peter’s Song, which won Best Screenplay at the N.H. Film Festival in 2009.Novel: Murder in the Marsh; Junior Miles and The Junkman (Fall 2023)Poetry Books: Set in Stone; The One Fifteen to Penn Station; Jesus was a Homeboy
2:45-4:00 - PUBLISHING options for a range of writing
Elizabeth deVeerAgent/Publisher vs. Self-Publishing (journey of The Ocean in Winter)
Shailini Jandial George, Suffolk UniversityAcademic Publishing (journey of The Law Student’s Guide to Doing Well and Being Well, Carolina Academic Press, 2021)
Rick Rawlins, Volume 3Custom Publishing
Laura Smith, Salem State University Submitting to Literary Journals
David Townsend & Rick AppelThe Ease of Self-Publishing
4:15-5:15 - POETIC PROFS and their process
J.D. Scrimgeour, Salem State UniversityNonfiction: Themes for English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class (AWP Award for Nonfiction); Spin Moves (Memoir)Poetry: Festival; Lifting the Turtle; The Last Miles, TerritoriesMusic & Drama: Ogunquit & Other Works (CD); Only Human (Musical)
Enzo Silon Surin, Bunker Hill Community CollegePoetry: When My Body was a Clenched Fist (Black Lawrence Press, 2020); A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (Central Square Press, 2017); The Next Verse PoetsMixtape: Volume One: the 4x4 (2016)
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