About this event
The free virtual festival will feature a variety of international artists and thinkers providing a
diverse offering of authors, speakers and contributors, from a variety of genders, cultures,
ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.
This year’s event keynote speaker is Jenna Blum, New York Times and internationally
bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and the memoir Woodrow
on the Bench. In addition, Jenna is co-founder of A Mighty Blaze, an organization of volunteer
creatives founded in the earliest days of Covid-19 to help storytellers connect with audiences.
1455 celebrates Jenna’s ceaseless advocacy and the example she sets as an inspired and
inspiring literary superstar.
The festival will also feature a variety of international artists and thinkers, including two-time
National Poetry Slam winner Sekou Andrews, Edgar and Agatha Award winner Art Taylor,
and National Book Award finalist Karen E. Bender. For the fourth year in a row, 1455 will
showcase a diverse offering of authors, speakers and contributors, from a variety of genders,
cultures, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.
The 2022 Summer Fest programming will feature three concurrent tracks: “Inspiration &
Advocacy,” “Timely & Topical,” and “Craft & Community” and the crucial role it plays in Creative,
Media, Business, Sports, Education, Politics, Social Justice, and more. The breadth and
diversity of this year’s event includes sessions featuring women’s stories, queer poetry, poetry
about the Palestinian diaspora, autism in the arts, writing retreats, MFA programs, genres
including thrillers, memoirs, graphic novels, and the importance of allyship and literary
community. All programs are open to the public and free to attend.