Deep Water Literary Fest 2019

Fairy tales are universal... even the stories that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published in the 19th century have ancient roots. Little Red Riding Hood, for example, has counterparts in Africa and Asia, as well as Europe. There is an Iranian Sleeping Beauty. In our own time, fairy tales have been adapted and retold by feminist authors like Angela Carter and the poet Anne Sexton, as well as by authors such as Helen Oyeyemi, interested in exploring the ways in which race and gender are coded and represented in these enduring tales.

The Deep Water Literary Fest 2019 will present a fairy tale extravaganza, based on the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, and 20th century interpretations. As with 2018 the festival will utilize multiple spaces around Narrowsburg, including buildings not typically associated with the arts. The readings will be augmented by artists, dancers, musicians, and actors.

By tapping into the talents of both local artists and authors as well as national figures, the Deep Water Literary Fest supports the community while also elevating the arts in a small river town. In 2017 the Deep Water Literary Fest was able to attract major figures of arts and letters, such as journalist Masha Gessen, actor Mark Ruffalo, and Booker Prize winner Marlon James as well as working closely with local artists, such as Morgan Puett, Thomas Bosket, and regional theater company NACL, to create a blueprint for future festivals.

Mark your calendars. And check back as we add details of this year's program.


Your summer starts here


At the Deepest Point of the Delaware...

Join us for a magical three-day festival for people who love books, and the writers that inspire them, with a series of readings, performances, and a marathon, multi-venue reading of Grimm's Fairy Tales. 


High in the Sullivan Catskills...

Where eagles soar and shad come to spawn, we'll celebrate the power of words and the joy of reading with a series of free and ticketed events.


A Celebration Like No Other

From a panel of essay writers, to a marathon reading of Grimm's Fairy Tales, to a poetry salon, find your next great read in the beautiful river town of Narrowsburg.



A Very Special Immersive Dinner

Deep Water Festival and Légende Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) invite you to join the artists and performers for the opening night of Deep Water Literary Festival 2019 with a spectacular three-course dinner created by Early Bird Cookery to compliment the theme of this year's festival. The dinner will be hosted in Delaware Hall at the Narrowsburg Union, and accompanied by commissioned  performances and art installations. 

On the longest day of the year, we'll celebrate the summer solstice with a feast drawing on the bounty of the region and the creativity of Amy Miller and Dayna Halprin of Early Bird Cookery, with champagne and wine courtesy of Légende Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).

Musicians, actors, and poets will entertain guests through the evening, including excerpts from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Farm Arts Collective, directed by Tannis Kowalchuk.

Tickets for dinner cost $150, and include three courses,  plus wine and champagne.  

Friday 21 June, 8pm

Please reserve space quickly so we can determine a final head count. 


beastly, cruel, merciless: the enduring allure of fairytales

Opening Night Panel

For many of us, fairytales resonate in a very intimate and personal space, the stuff of childhood dreams and nightmares, with deep and ancient roots. The oldest fairy tale, is around 7000 years old, and researchers in London and Dublin have shown that stories like Beauty and the Beast and Rumpelstiltskin can be traced back at least 4,000 years and were probably originally told in an extinct Indo-European language. For the opening night panel of the 2019 Deep Water Festival, we'll discuss why these tales have endured, what they say about our fears and desires, and how we might think about them in today's world. 

Anna Maria Hong is the author of the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Age of Glass, winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society of America’s 2019 Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in June 2020. 

David Adger is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London, current President of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, and inventor of the monsters’ language for the TV series Beowulf. His research has been reported on in the New Scientist andThe Conversation, and he has appeared on Sky News, BBC Radio 4, and Australia’s DriveTime. His new book,  Language Unlimited: The Science Behind Our Most Creative Power, will be published in September.

Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award. His most recent novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a New York Times bestseller, draws on  African history and mythology to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. 

Liz Morgan is a playwright, poet and performer. Her acclaimed poem, "Why I Was Late Today and Will Probably Always be Late as a Black Woman," appeared in the Huffington Post in 2016 and was reviewed by Medium as a "powerful portrait of black fatigue." Her full length, afro-surrealist drama, The Clark Doll was recently nominated for a Drammy Award (Best Original Script) after its west coast premiere.  This work deals with redefining and reclaiming our role in limiting narratives and showcases black women surviving inside of the eurocentric notions of beauty that dominate our psyche such as skin as white as snow and long hair that a prince can climb up.

Friday, June 21, 6pm


37 Main Street



The Art (and Future) of the Essay

Laura Kipnis, Luc Sante, Sloane Crosley, and Alexander Chee

From Gertrude Stein’s paeans to artists and James Baldwin’s existential cri-de-coeurs, to Norman Mailer’s meditations on boxing and Joan Didion's exploration of the personal and the political, the essay was the exemplary American literary form of the 20th century. But how is it faring in the 21st?  Four exemplars of the form will share insights into their process, and talk about the highs and lows of being an essayist in contemporary culture.   

Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and former video artist whose work focuses on sexual politics, aesthetics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche. Her seven books–including Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation; How to Become A Scandal; Against Love: A Polemic; The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability; and Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America–have been translated into 15 languages. Her most recent book is Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, from HarperCollins.

Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium, in 1954, and emigrated with his parents to the United States as a child. A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, Sante has published many books, including Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York (1991), followed by Evidence (1992), a volume of crime-scene photographs; The Factory of Facts (1998), a memoir; and Kill All Your Darlings (2007), a collection of essays and occasional pieces. In 2015 he published The Other Paris. He contributed a chapter, describing New York’s music scene circa 1981, to the recent Beastie Boys Book.

Sloane Crosley is best known for her three collections of essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake (a finalist for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor), How Did You Get This Number, and Look Alive Out There, published last year. She is also the author of the novel, The Clasp, a tribute to Guy Maupassant’s 1884 short story “The Necklace.”  

Alexander Chee has written several novels, including Edinburgh (2001) which tells the story of Fee, a Korean-American from Maine, as he struggles to deal with the trauma of sexual abuse in a small-town boys choir, and The Queen of the Night, which was chosen as a best book of the year by NPR, Boston Globe, and Buzzfeed, among  other outlets. In 2018, he published a collection of essays, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, which won the Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction.

Where: Krause Hall, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg

When: Saturday 22 June, 6.30pm

Reservation by Donation

The Deep Water Literary Fest is committed to keeping its program accessible to all. Events are not ticketed though we do ask for a small donation for reserving a place in advance


Lava Dance Co. PResent SOLSTICE

A Fairy Tale-Inspired Dance Performance

LAVA presents Solstice, drawing on fairy tales to celebrate the summer solstice, in a multi-layered performance that synthesizes imagery from Grimm's in a kinetic celebration of the stories that connect us to nature and each other. Please note the show has a running time of 40 minutes and will repeat three times, on a cycle of approximately 8pm, 8.40pm, and 9.20pm . Admission by donation.

Sat. 22 June, 8pm

Tusten Theater

210 Bridge St, 



Grimm's fairy tales: A Marathon TIMELINE

The Folk Tradition, Reinterpreted

For the second annual Deep Water Festival, we've arranged a series of readings and performances, as well as panels and cabaret events across three days. This schedule is still fluid, so keep checking back to ensure times and venues have not changed.


Festival Launch

5.00 PM

Dream Room, 108 Main Street,  Narrowsburg, corner of Main and 5th street

Join us at the  corner for the lighting of Candy  Curse, our festival neon installation by Moon Sign, to inaugurate our Fairy  Tale Project exhibit in the The Dream Room. Visit our exhibition of stories  written by students at Sullivan West, each illustrated by acclaimed artists,  and then proceed down Main Street to enjoy themed cocktails with local  merchants. 

Throughout the  weekend, stop by the Dream Room for a coffee on the house, courtesy of 2  Queens, perhaps with a Beach Lake Bakery pastry, and take in these splendid stories.

Beastly, Cruel, Merciless: The Enduring Allure of Fairytales

6.00 PM

DVAA, 37 Main Street

A panel discussion on why these tales with ancient roots continue to fascinate and entertain us, featuring David Adger, Anna Maria Hong,   Liz Morgan, and Marlon James.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Dinner (ticketed event)

8.00 PM

Delaware Hall, Narrowsburg Union

A spectacular immersive dinner experience designed by Samuelle Green, with three courses designed by Early Bird Cookery, and champagne and wine by Légende Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). Music by Kazzrie Jaxen, Marc Switko, and Juan Robles-Gil Aleman. Buy a ticket to this spectacular feast, meet the artists, and help support this year's festival in the process.

Bewitched: The Cabaret


Delaware Hall at Narrowsburg Union


An evening of song, stand-up, and poetry, hosted by Thomas March and featuring Emily  Flake, Mark Oleszko as Lyra, Hafizah Geter, Stephanie Weeks, Sandra Lim and  others.


Bewitched Part Two: Jake Shears and Lance Horne: Live 


The Emerald Ballroom, Main Street

The musician and lead singer of The Scissor Sisters presents an unplugged set of songs from his  extraordinary catalog. Emmy award-winning composer, pianist, singer, and music director Lance Horne accompanies. 


Mad Hatters Club


The Dream Room, 108  Main Street

Come by the Dream  Room for a coffee and pastry. Artist Rodney Harder will help you prepare for a  weekend of fairy tale magic and mayhem with a hat fit for the occasion. Join  him from ten to noon to help design a hat and wear it to the launch of the  festival marathon.

Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes


The Dream Room, Narrowsburg

"The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers." Mark Oleszko Reads from fairy tales as reimagined by the impish master behind Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach.

Festival Processional


Main Street, Narrowsburg

Join Farm Arts Collective outside the Dream Room for a Fairy Tale Processional  to the  start of the marathon readings at the Narrowsburg Union. With live music from Juan Robles-Gil Aleman and Deborah Palmarini and others.

Little Red Riding Hood


Narrowsburg Union

 A world premiere  theatrical performance of the classic tale, created by Farm Arts Collective.

The Ship with Three Decks 


Narrowsburg Union

An interactive installation narrated by Tilda Swinton of The Ship with Three Decks, from Italian Folk Tales by Italo Calvino. Produced by Lucy Taylor, Sound design by Gareth Hobbs.

Snow White and Black


Narrowsburg Union

Tanya Selvaratnam reconsiders the classic tale; Stephane Weeks reads from Liz Morgan's Clark Doll. Then follow a trail of bread crumbs to our next venue....

Hansel & Gretel


Maison Bergogne, 226 Bridge Street

Anna Marie Hong  reads from the classic tale. Then Kristin Worrall switches us to the witch’s  point of view. Gingerbread included!

The Mouse, The Bird, and the Sausage


The Chi Hive, 22 Main Street

A video installation  based on the story from the Brothers Grimm.  Video by Kameron Neal. Adaptation by Shayok Misha Chowdhury

The Fisherman and His Wife 


The Chi Hive

Read by Becky Ann  Baker with accompaniment from Soul Tale, a musical trio featuring pianist  Kazzrie Jaxen, Ken Filano, and Jeff Pearring. With a bespoke sculptural  installation by Charles Wilkin.

The Three Little Men in the Woods, and The Twelve Brothers 


The Dream Room, 108 Main  Street

Dylan Baker reads  the Grimm’s tale, accompanied by the projections of Natalie Frank’s striking  illustrations.


The Cats under the Cauliflower, The Singing, Springing Lark and  Poverty and Humility Lead to Heaven 


The Dream Room, 108  Main Street 

Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield read from these three Italo Calvino’s fairy tales.

Dream Analysis 


The Dream Room, 108 Main Street

Take the couch, and let Dr. Kenneth Anker  analyze your dreams - email books@onegrandbooks.comto reserve space.

Radical Histories: Three Authors Respond to the Recent Past 


Krause Hall, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg

Authors Kathleen Alcott (America was Hard to Find), Catherine Cusset (Life of David Hockney), and Joshua Furst (Revolutionaries), talk about their new novels, and discuss the ways in which their work explores the recent, and tumultuous past. Moderated by Willard Cook, editor in chief of Ep;phany.

The Art of the Essay with Luc Sante, Sloane Crosley, Alexander Chee, Laura Kipnis


Krause Hall, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg

This year's platform panel features four of America's most compelling essay writers exploring the art and craft of this most American form in an age of transition and uncertainty.  Moderated by Sandra Lim.


Lava Dance Co. Presents Solstice


Tusten Theater, 210 Bridge Street

Lava Dance Company Presents Solstice, a world premiere, drawing on fairy tale themes, with a set designed by Juliette Hermant. Note: the show is 40 minutes long and will loop three times from 8-10pm.

Rock n Roll Readings


The Laundrette, 20 5th Street


Rock n Roll Readings


The Laundrette, 20  5th Street

Jason Tougaw hosts  Narrowsburg’s first Rock n Roll Reading of readers— poets and writers—  performing pieces about music, with a few musicians to play along. Featuring  Ariel Francisco, C. Gibbs, Julia Greenberg, Vestal McIntyre, Sidney Solomon,  Emma Smith-Stevens, Amanda Stern, Andi Stover, Christopher John Williams, Paul  Legault, and Douglas A. Martin.


Three Rapunzels


Rapunzel’s Tower, 256 Bridge Street Join us from 10:30 for a morning cocktail in the garden, with brunch available to purchase. The tales teach us all good things come in threes: Sandra Lim reads Anne Sexton’s raw retelling of the classic fairy tale; Amanda Stern tackles the iconic braided character with a new tale of her own; Hafizah Geter adds her voice to this Rapunzel trio.

The Juniper Tree: An outdoor Puppet Show


Enchanted Garden, 256 Bridge Street Kenny Luck and Manon Manavit tackle the exorbitant violence of fairy tales. With puppets.

The Tiger's Bride 


DVAA, 37 Main Street

Angela Carter put the bad girls into princesses and enchantresses. The acclaimed author A.M.Homes reads her Beauty and the Beast update, The Tiger's Bride. With a live art installation by  Andrew Ondrejcak.


The Willful Child


Outside, The Dream Room, Main Street

Stacy Wakefield reads The Willful Child.

The Frog King & The Singing Bone.


The Dream Room, Main Street

Read by Debra Winger with art projections by Andrea Dezso, and accompaniment by Jake Shears.

Illustrating the Imaginary


The Dream Room, Main Street

Andrea Dezsö and Natalie Frank discusses their mesmerizing artwork for Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm with Debra Winger.

The Story. The Writer.  


The Dream Room, Main Street

A video premiere commissioned for the festival, featuring dancer Kyle Abraham, and narration by Tilda Swinton. Directed by Andrew Ondrejcak. Run time 7 minutes

The Fairy Tale Project


The Dream Room, Main Street

Join young writers of Sullivan West High School and hear several festival luminaries recite the students’ orginial fairy tales. In addition, you can bid on the accompanying artwork by acclaimed artists including Jorge Colombo and Emily Flake in a silent auction that will end at 3:30 PM.


The Stick Prince by Juli Berghoff; iIllustrated by John Kascht 

A Beautiful Stone for a Pretty Rock by Riley Johnson; illustrated by Carolina Moscoso 

Fairy Tales and Destinies by Hannan Mailey; illustrated by Bráulio Amado 

The Debt Collector by Madison Watson; illustrated by Marcellus Hall 

The Raven-Haired Princess by Rebecca Brewer; illustrated by Emily Flake 

The Search for a Villain by Sidney Solomon Cut; paper shadowbox by Samuelle Green 

The Kelpie by Sofia Seidl Illustrated by Sego 

The Tale of Fair Oak by Connor Watson Altered; book illustration by Thomas Allen

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Taylor Brustman; illustrated by Liana Finck 

What Is Inside? by Regan Russell; illustrated by Richard Haines 

Sanctuary by Camille Sensiba; illustrated by Jorge Colombo 

Readers: Thomas March, Jake Shears, Elizabeth Senja Spackman, Stephanie Weeks, Debra Winger.

All works are framed courtesy of SimplyFramed.

A Vision in Neon

As with the 2018 festival,  we welcome the return of Moon Signs for a series of neon installations paying tribute to the tales of the Brothers Grimm.  

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Lucy Taylor


A member of renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service, with whom she appeared in the acclaimed production of Gatz, Taylor was most recently seen in Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole at Lincoln Center Theater.  For DWF, she will incorporate a special audio recording with Tilda Swinton in an exploration of the many impossible tasks in Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Sat 22 June, Narrowsburg Union

Dylan Baker


A star of stage and screen, Baker was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for The Good Wife, and played British prime minister John Major on Broadway opposite Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. He has also had recurring roles in Homeland, and The Americans. For DWF he reads The Three Little Men in the Woods and The Twelve Brothers.

Sat 22 June, DVAA

Kameron Neal


Kameron Neal is a video artist, graphic designer, and performance-maker based in Brooklyn. His video self-portrait "Liquid Love" was awarded Best of Show at Digital Graffiti Festival. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Ars Nova's Makers Lab with frequent collaborator, Shayok Misha Chowdhury. For DWF he will create an interactive video piece based on The Mouse, The Bird, and the Sausage.

Sat 22 June, Narrowsburg Union

Kristin Worrall


Follow a trail of breadcrumbs, wander the woods, and enter the gingerbread house of the DWF. Experience all the tropes of a classic fairy tale: Child Abandonment, the Loss of Innocence, Cannibalism, and Gingerbread – all through the eyes of the evil witch. This re-telling of Hansel & Gretel will take the form of a cooking show with pastry artist and performer Kristin Worrall.

Sat 22 June, Maison Bergogne, 

226 Bridge St, 

Tanya Selvaratnam


Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, an actor, and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. Most recently, she has produced for Planned Parenthood, Glamour Women of the Year, The Vision & Justice Project, Aubin Pictures, and The Shed. A co-founder of The Federation: a coalition of artists, organizations, and allies committed to keeping cultural borders open, for DWF she will explore Snow White

Narrowsburg Union Sat 22 June, 1.25pm

Andrew Ondrejcak


As a performance-maker, Ondrejcak’s works have been presented at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; New York's The Kitchen; BAM Harvey Theater; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; and the Guggenheim Museum’s Works in Process, curated by Robert Wilson. For DWF he collaborated on a video piece Tilda Swinton and dancers including Kyle Abraham.

Sun 23 June, Dream Room, Main St.

Liz Morgan


Liz Morgan is a playwright, poet and performer. Her full length, afro-surrealist drama, The Clark Doll was recently nominated for a Drammy Award (Best Original Script) after its west coast premiere.  Her acclaimed poem, "Why I Was Late Today, and Probably Always Will Be," appeared on HuffPost in 2016.

Becky Ann Baker


Becky Ann Baker is best known as Jean Weir on NBC’s Freaks and Geeks, and Loreen Horvath on HBO’s Girls, but her illustrious stage career has included credits in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the Roundabout Theater Company's production of Suddenly Last Summer, and All My Sons, among others. For DWF she reads The Fisherman and His Wife.

Debra Winger

Debra Winger

Three time Oscar-nominated actor, (for An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment, and Shadowlands), Debra Winger was a Golden Globe nominee for her role in A Dangerous Woman, and an Independent Spirit Award nominee for Rachel Getting Married. She currently stars in Amazon's comedy-drama, Patriot.

Farm Arts Collective

Farm Arts Collective

Farm Arts Collective is a creative hub where art and performance intersect with agrarian and ecological ideas.  Farm Arts Collective makes its home in a large greenhouse centrally located on Willow Wisp Organic Farm, a solar-powered organic vegetable farm.  The Farm Arts Collective produces and hosts farm-food-ecology workshops, innovative and site-specific performance, and mealsthat engage community members in learning and creative practice.

Melissa Gilbert


Familiar to millions as Laura Ingalls Wilder from the long-running  NBC series, Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert has also served as the President of the Screen Actors Guild, and been active in Democratic politics. She is the author of a short story collection for children, Daisy and Josephine. For this year's festival she and her husband, the actor Timothy Busfield, will read three stories narrated by animals from Italo Calvino's Italian Folk Tales.

Timothy Busfield


Actor and director Timothy Busfield played Elliot Weston in the acclaimed series thirtysomething, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award. Other  on-screen credits include The West Wing, and the movies Quiz Show and Sneakers. He has directed several episodes of Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night, as well as such shows as Las Vegas and Damages. For DWF he joins Melissa Gilbert to read from Italo Calvino's Italian Folk Tales.

Hafizah Geter


Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter‘s poetry and prose have appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New YorkerMcSweeney’sTin House, Narrative Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Longreads, among others. She is an editor for Little A and TOPPLE Books from Amazon Publishing and serves on the poetry committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival. 

Stephanie Land


Stephanie Land's work has been featured throughout the US and UK.  In 2013 she was awarded a commissioned window installation for COS Oxford Circus and shortlisted for the Conran Foundation Award in London. In 2017 she was an Artist in Resident of Process Space, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council studio residency on Governors Island. Currently, she is a featured artist in The Whiteness Issue of The Racial Imaginary Institute. 



A.M. Homes most recent book is Days of Awe, a collection of short stories.  She is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, which won the 2013 Orange/Women’s Prize for Fiction, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the best selling memoir, The Mistress's Daughter along with a travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A:

Amanda Stern


Amanda Stern is the author of The Long Haul (Soft Skull Press) and the acclaimed memoir, Little Panic. Her work has appeared in the New York Times; the New York Times Magazine;  the New York Times Book Review; The Believer, and others. Her personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including A Velocity of Being edited by Maria Popova. Stern also created The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, designed around public risks, which found permanent homes at Joe’s Pub in NYC and Symphony Space. By the time the series ended in June 2018, Stern had produced over 250 shows and welcomed 700 creative artists.

Anna Maria Hong


Anna Maria Hong is the author of the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Age of Glass, winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society of America’s 2019 Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in June 2020. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has published work in The Nation, The Iowa Review, Ecotone, Poetry, jubilat, Fence, Southwest Review, Jacket2, Poetry Daily, The Best American Poetry, and others.

Stacy Wakefield


Wakefield's most recent project, 131 Different Things, co-authored with Nick Zinner and Zachary Lipez, was published in 2018. She edited and designed Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters by Ash Thayer (PowerHouse 2015), and Show Dogs by Kate Lacey.  Her debut novel, "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory" was published in 2015.  Her publications are in the collections of museums and libraries including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum; The Tate Gallery; and Yale's Sterling Library. 

Stephanie Weeks


Stephanie Weeks is a company member of Target Margin Theater, the 2019 OBIE Winner in Recognition of artistic achievement and commitment to excellence in theater. Her many stage credits include roles in Mourning Becomes Electra, Ruined, The Crucible, Animal Farm, the film Ex-Doofus, and the Netflix series of Tales Of The City. As a director, she has directed Machinal by Sophie Treadwelll at NYU and Eclipsed by Danai Gurira at University of Utah.

Sandra Lim


Sandra Lim is the author of the poetry collections The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets’ Prize, and Loveliest Grotesque. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as Literary Imagination, VOLT, The Baffler, and The New York Times Magazine. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Jentel Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. 

Mark Oleszko


Mark Oleszko is a New York-based music director, pianist, composer, and arranger. His performance experiences have spanned various stages, ranging from The Apollo Theatre to the United Nations, Highline Ballroom, Lincoln Center, and upcoming performances at Birdland Jazz Club and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mark's original musical #LoveStory played the NYC Fringe Festival in 2015, winning an audience favorite award.





Andrea Dezsö

This year's festival will feature art projections based on the work of Romanian-born artist, Andrea Dezsö, who will also be talking about her work and signing copies of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition, edited by the renowned Grimm's scholar, Jack Zipes.  

The Dream Room, corner of Main Street and 5th, Narrowsburg, Sunday 23 June at 1.30pm

The Doctor is In

Schedule your 15 minute dream analysis with Dr. Kenneth Anker in The Dream Room, Saturday 22 June 4.30-6pm. Email Books@onegrandbooks.com to reserve a space.



The Fairy Tale Writing Project at The Dream Room

Deep Water Literary Festival is committed to using art and literature as a platform to engage the wider community. We achieve this in multiple ways, from keeping the central program free of charge, and utilizing multiple venues not typically associated with the arts, from local churches to schools.

For Deep Water Festival 2019 we have added a high schools program, engaging students at Sullivan West in Lake Huntington with the challenge of writing their own fairy tale. These have been illustrated by acclaimed artists, including a number who will be recognizable from the pages of The The New Yorker, and will be exhibited in The Dream Room, installed at artists Amy Yoes and Jorge Colombo’s new space on the corner of Main and 5th Street, Narrowsburg. 

Please take time to experience the wonderful stories and accompanying art, courtesy of our sponsor Simply Framed, and help yourself to a cup of joe courtesy of local roasters, 2 Queens, and baked goods by Beach Lake Bakery.

For the closing event of Deep Water Literary Fest, the stories will be read aloud by students and invited artists. Make sure to join us.

All weekend, with  readings of students fairy tales on Sunday 23 June, 2.00.

Coffee on the House

Take time out of the marathon to enjoy a coffee courtesy of DWF's official coffee sponsor, 2 Queens, roasted in our very own town. The coffee station is located in The Dream Room Saturday 21 and and Sunday 22 June, 10am - 3pm.


Rock 'N' Roll Reading

Three Minutes and Counting


Rock and Roll Reading is a tradition founded by novelist Daniel A. Hoyt (This Book Is Not For You) of Kansas State University. The idea is simple: A group of writers perform short readings from pieces about music—in any genre (not just rock). The writers read for 3 to 4 minutes, the duration of a song. A few “readers” will be musicians performing songs about music. The mood is exuberant, the tone set by a DJ before and after the main event. This year, Jason Tougaw will host a diverse and potentially raucous lineup of talented writers, some local and some traveling to attend the festival. Books by participants will be available for purchase at One Grand Books.

Ariel Francisco is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, The Florida Review, The New Yorker and elsewhere. The Miami New Times named him one of the Five Florida Writers to Watch in 2019.

C. Gibbs began his professional career at age 21 playing guitar for Modern English. His latest record under the moniker He Arrived By Helicopter has garnered critical acclaim and explores more instrumental, psychedelic, ambient territory. His 14th album will be due out in Fall 2019 under the nom de plum C. Gibbs. Rolling Stone called him “a country brother of Tom Waits.” 

Julia Greenberg is a Brooklyn-based chanteuse and songwriter. She has put out two rock records, Past Your Eyes, and last year’s Greenland. She also co-wrote the hit off-Broadway musical People Are Wrong! with Robin Goldwasser and co-wrote music for the NY Theatre Workshop’s production of Cavedweller with Stephen Trask. Her music has been featured on This American Life, and ESPN. 

Vestal McIntyre was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, and is the author of the story collection You Are Not the One and the novel Lake Overturn, both New York Times Editors’ Choices and Lambda Literary Award winners. 

Sidney Solomon attends Sullivan West High School in the 9thgrade. She has performed at numerous gatherings, mostly at her†mother’s urgin. She is a reader, writer, guitarist, and epic Manga fan. 

Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian. Her writing has also appeared in BOMB Magazine, Literary Hub, Conjunctions, Hobart, Joyland, Subtropics, Wigleaf, and the anthologies Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture, and Against Death: 35 Writers on Living.  She has  an MFA from the University of Florida and has taught writing and literature at the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and with the Bard Prison Initiative. She recently finished a short story collection, Greyhounds.


Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul, the memoir Little Panic, and eleven children’s books written under pseudonyms. She founded the popular Happy Ending Music and Reading Series in 2003, which had its final show at Joe’s Pub in June 2018, in NYC.

Andi Stover is a writer/director who works primarily in live performance. She splits her time between living in both Brooklyn and Barryville with her musician husband Christian Gibbs and their two sons. Currently she is developing projects with singer/performer David Driver and choreographer Johanna Meyer. She has an upcoming piece at La Mama ETC about the life and death of dancer Monika Beerle. 

Jason Tougaw is the author of a memoir, The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism (Dzanc Books) and The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience. His writing has been published in OUT, DVEight, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, and The Scofield. He writes a  column for Psychology Today and blogs at Californica. He is Professor of English at Queens College and The CUNY Graduate Center. He  recently completed a novel, Summer Isn’t

Christopher John Williams is graduate of the Columbia University School of the Arts program in fiction and currently serves as the Associate Director of First Year Writing at Queens College. He is working on a Young Adult series and a literary novel titled God of Bacchanal while writing a life with his partner Lane and their baby girl Edie in Manhattan. 

Paul Legault is the author of The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010), The Other Poems (Fence, 2011), The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English-to-English Translation of the Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (McSweeney’s, 2012), Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 2 (Fence, 2016), and Lunch Poems 2 (Spork, 2018). He also co-edited The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Nightboat, 2012).

Douglas A. Martin is the author, most recently, of a book-length lyric study, Acker (Nightboat Books). Other titles span poetry and prose and include Once You Go BackYour Body FiguredIn The Time of AssignmentsBranwell, and They Change the Subject. Douglas’s first novel, Outline of My Lover, was named an International Book of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement.

Sat. 22 June, 10pm

The Laundrette

20 5th St



Kathleen Alcott


Kathleen Alcott reads from her new novel, America Was Hard to Find, as part of our panel, Radical Histories: Three Authors Respond to the Recent Past. 

Sat 22 June, 5.00pm

Joshua Furst


Joshua Furst reads from his new novel, Revolutionaries as part of our panel, Radical Histories: Three Authors Respond to the Recent Past. 

Sat 22 June, 5.00pm

Catherine Cusset


The author of the hybrid of novel and biography, Life of David Hockney, as part of our panel, Radical Histories: Three Authors Respond to the Recent Past. 

Sat 22 June, 5.00pm

Emily Flake


Among her many talents, Emily Flake draws cartoons for The New Yorker, and wrote  and drew the books, These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves (Bloomsbury USA), and Mama Tried (Grand Central Publishing). For DWF she will be presenting her acclaimed stand-up at the Midsummer Night's Dream Dinner

Fri 21 June, Narrowsburg Union (as part of the Bewitched Cabaret) 

Thomas March


Thomas March is a poet, performer, and essayist based in New York City. His collection Aftermath (2018) was selected by Joan Larkin for The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection. OUT Magazine praised its “diamond-sharp lyricism” and hailed it as “a stimulating, if sober, tonic for our times.” His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Good Men Project, OUT, and Pleiades, among others.

Kazzrie Jaxen & Soul Tale


Deep Water Festival's official house band will perform during live readings by Beck Ann Baker, featuring Kazzrie Jaxen (piano), Ken Filiano (bass), and Jeff Pearring (alto-sax). Known  for her playful exuberance, originality, virtuosity, and ability to transport an audience, Jaxen's musical expression ranges from free improvisation to jazz standards.

Sat 22 June, Chi Hive, 2pm 


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