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

2013 Moderators

Listed in alphabetical order

Thomas Abrams

Opening Ceremony – Friday 6:00 PM

Thomas Abrams grew up in Revere, traveled for a while, wrote for a while, and found his calling the first time he stepped in a classroom. He is currently the ELA Department Chair at Newburyport High School, and continues to write a little and travel a little. Tom lives in Salisbury with my wife and 3 year old son and two dogs.


Denise DeRenzo LaceyDenise DeRenzo Lacey

The Power of Family, The Power of Words — Saturday 9:00 AM

Denise DeRenzo Lacey is a Principal Consultant at Halloran Consulting Group, where she helps clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries conduct clinical trials more efficiently. She has worked in clinical drug development for over 15 years and is a frequent contributor to industry meetings and publications.


Sherri Frank MazzottaSherri Frank Mazzotta

Necessary Evils:  A Conversation about the Writing Life
with Mystery Authors Linda Barnes and Barbara Shapiro — Saturday 9:00 AM

Sherri Frank Mazzotta 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

Accidental Immigrants and the Search for Home — Saturday 10:00 AM

Journalist Dyke Hendrickson is currently city hall reporter and feature writer for the Newburyport Daily News. He has been a writer and/or editor with the Portland Press Herald, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Boston Herald. On several occasions his award-winning feature stories have led to books. He has written two texts about the French Canadian migration to New England in the 19th and 20th centuries: Franco-Americans of Maine (Arcadia, Charleston, SC, 2010) and Quiet Presence: Stories of Franco-Americans in New England (Gannett Press, Portland, 1980). His work in historical writing is excerpted at the Museum of National Heritage at Ellis Island, NY. He has also written a novel, Hollywood Press Tour, which is available on


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