Jun 21-23, 2024


Deep Water Literary Festival was founded in 2018, as a weekend of ideas, performance and community engagement held in the town of Narrowsburg, on the Delaware River NY. Combining author conversations, readings, and educational outreach, with multi disciplinary arts programming, Deep Water goes beyond the standard model of a writers festival and invites the audience to engage in the world of books beyond the page.

We are dedicated to promoting the literary arts of the Upper Delaware region with a view to building community by fostering engagement with story-telling in all its forms. Hand-in-hand is a passion to promote and support this region as a showcase for compelling arts programming, attracting internationally acclaimed authors and artists, while simultaneously creating a platform to celebrate the artists and writers who live and work in our midst. Deep Water is committed to the development, expression and promotion of literature and art that reflects the voices and concerns of underrepresented and diverse communities.

Visiting writers have included Azmat Khan, Barbara Demick, Masha Gessen, Marlon James, Sloane Crosley, Leila Taylor, Joyce Carol Oates, Jubi Arriola Headley, Hafizah Augustus Geter, Jeremiah Moss, Rebecca Solnit, DJ Taylor, Lucy Sante, Emily Wilson, Joyce Maynard, Diana Goetsch, and Caroline Kepnes. We have collaborated with a diverse roster of international and local artists and performers such as Mark Ruffalo, Jad Abumrad, Jordan Nasser, Tilda Swinton, Jake Shears, Kristin Worrall, Corinna Grunn, Manon Manavit, La Fête Arts, Penny Arcade and Morgan Puett.

Founder & Director 

  • Aaron Hicklin 


  • Lucy Taylor 

Technical staff

  • Brendan Regimbal

Education Officer

  • Isadora Alteon


  • Elizabeth Lepro

Presenting Partners 2024 

Community Partners 2024

Media Partners 2023

Thank you to our generous donors $250 +

Marie Abma & Dike Blair, Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, Jon Robin Baitz, Chris Bannon, Gina Barac, Cecile Barendsma & Tracey Ryans, Trey Beck & Laura Naylor, David Bernath, Joshua Bianchi & Brian Montopoli, Dorsey Blunt, Jasmi-Maaria and Peter Bonnén, Michael Brand, John Bricker, Winsome Brown, Angela Bucknell, Jamie Carano, Scott Carlson, Megan Connolly, Scott Cooke, Lisa Cortes, Adam Curtis, Rachel Doherty & Paul Ferrier , David Ebershoff, Maxine Edwards & Laz Adebiyi, Jennifer Feinerman, Christopher Forman, Melisse Gelula, Peter Malachi Giddens, Jamie Gordon & Brad Lindenbaum, Theresa Hackett, Robert Hammond, Bruce Henderson & Jacob Kelley, Kim Hendrickson, Andrea Henley Heyn, Amy Hobbs, Judith Hottensen, David Humphrey, Jolie Hunt, Andrew Jacobs, Christian Jensen, Nina K Ekman, James Kloiber, Jean Kogut, Barbara Lanciers, Amy Lane, Chris Lavergne, Sally Lehman, Noah Loschy, Joe Machota, Michelle Matland, Daniel McCabe, Tara Mccollum, Edwin McCormack, Brian and Susan Mendoza, Dean Michaels, Michael Mundy, Rory O’Fee, John Olsen, Nell Painter, Sara Parker, Liza Phillips, Caitlin Pincus, Mary S Sweeney Price, J Morgan Puett, Steve Rappos, Alessia Roitman, Thomas Rom, Rich Ross., Greig Sargeant, Jody Seifert, Ira P Silverberg, Megan Sistarenik, Karina Sokolovsky, Peter Som, AJ Strasser, Tiffany Streifel, Kim Susser, Marcus Teo, Ahu Terzi, Mark Thomann, Fiona Thomas, Meghan Udell, Carolyn & Tim Vaughan, Nick Vogelson, Allison Ward, Meredith Whitfield, Robert Wolf, and Sally Wright.

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