Jun 21-23, 2024


Deep Water Literary Festival was founded by Aaron Hicklin 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 in Narrowsburg, NY and the surrounding area, 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 Alexander Chee, Masha Gessen, Marlon James, Sloane Crosley, Leila Taylor, Joyce Carol Oates, Jubi Arriola Headley, Hafizah Augustus Geter, Sandra Lim, Lucy Sante, Emily Wilson, Joyce Maynard, Courtney Maum, Diana Goetsch, Maud Newton and William Wegman, joining local authors like Nancy Princenthal, Darcey Steinke, and Nina Burleigh. We have collaborated with a diverse roster of international and local artists and performers such as Mark Ruffalo, Jordan Nasser, Tilda Swinton, Jake Shears, Kristin Worrall, La Fête Arts, Penny Arcade and Morgan Puett. 

Founder & Director 

  • Aaron Hicklin 


  • Lucy Taylor 

Technical staff

  • Brendan Regimbal
  • Michael Lloyd 


  • Baxter Ellard
  • Josh Kessler
  • Elizabeth Lepro
  • Peter Madden

Presenting Partners 2023 

Media Partners 2023

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