Anti-Harassment Policy

The Salem Literary Festival seeks to build community on the North Shore by connecting and inspiring readers and writers. We aim to be welcoming, inclusive, respectful, and safe for all. To that end, we ask all festival attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers to follow our code of conduct, below.

By attending any Salem Literary Festival event and/or discussing online, all participants automatically agree to the terms and conditions set forth below:

Code of Conduct

The Salem Literary Festival is dedicated to providing a positive festival experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), political affiliation, or technology choices.

We do not tolerate harassment at the festival, or affiliated events, in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any festival venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter, or any other online media. Festival participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the festival at the discretion of the festival organizers.

Festival volunteers staff every event and are easily identifiable.* Please contact a festival volunteer immediately should you feel anyone is violating our code of conduct. If you do not feel comfortable / safe reaching out to a volunteer at an event, please call 978.744.2540 or email

Thank you for helping us make the Salem Literary Festival a safe, enriching, inspiring event!


* Festival volunteers typically wear name badges when the festival is in-person. For events held on Zoom, festival committee members typically use a virtual background featuring the Salem Lit Fest logo.