About Us

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of readers, writers, and books. For 18 years, the festival has been celebrated in the heart of Dahlonega, Georgia, organized by an all-volunteer staff who enjoy bringing readers, authors, and the written word together to celebrate a common love of books and literature.

Our Featured Authors are nationally-known and represent a variety of genres. Additionally, Regional Writers (from local to other areas of the Southeast and beyond) are on hand to interact with attendees and sell their books.


As our Events and Programs become available they will be posted on our Festival Events page.

Under the auspices of The Lumpkin Literacy Coalition, The Dahlonega Literary Festival is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, financially supported by donations and grants from individuals, businesses, and other organizations. If you would like to make a donation, please click on a “Donate” button anywhere on our website.

Steering Committee 2021

Chair: Donna Gessell 

Executive Function: Ken Smoke 

Featured Authors: Sharon Thomason

Regional Writers: Patricia Godsave

Program: Kendra Sanderson

Day-of-Organizer: Kendra Sanderson

Treasurer: Harry Resovsky

Secretary: Brenda Bishop

Special Events: Laura Getty 

Graphic Design: Robbie Niles

Website: Carlie Tanner 

Hospitality: Juanita Tipton

Volunteer Coordinator: Sharon Kridel  

Intern: Gloria Aragon