Author: Jason Rowan

No More No Depression

It’s sad news when an interesting, highly specific magazine like No Depression shuts its doors. 2008 New Voice Silas House wrote for this publication concerned with “alternative country (whatever that means)”. When Janna Levin heard this she got very excited, as her husband was a devoted reader and it would …Read More

Letter From A Seminar Guest

From Seminar attendee Betty Darst: “Judy Blume signed this book that I had purchased for the students at Warder Park Elementary School in Springfield, Ohio. I learned upon arriving home that the fourth grade was reading Blubber as their class project.  I made an enlargement of this photo and took …Read More

“Symbolism And Cynicism”

Tayari Jones in The Believer: “Like many black writers, my schedule is frequently packed during February, but comparatively lean during the rest of the year. If February is Black History Month, is the rest of the calendar reserved for white people?” Read the full piece here. Photo by Curt Richter, …Read More

Key West Loves Lee Smith

Here’s a treat for Lee Smith fans: two podcasts, one of her 2008 Keynote Address, and a gem from the 2005 Seminar. Left, the lovely Smith with Miles Frieden, Executive Director of the Seminar, moments before she delivered her home-run Keynote. She looks pretty calm and happy for someone about …Read More

New Faces

In previous years’ Seminars, attendees tended to skew older, with a pretty meager smattering of under-30s. With New Voices as a theme this year and a healthy scholarship program there’s a big influx of younger attendees and tons of fresh energy, both onstage and in the audience. 26 year old …Read More

Photographer Curt Richter Shooting Authors

The Studios of Key West, a sort of sister organization to the Literary Seminar, is hosting photographer Curt Richter as their artist in residence. He’ll be photographing some of the Lit Sem’s speakers for a show next year–here you see him (right) with Mark Hedden, husband of board member Nancy …Read More

New Fiction From Junot Diaz

The Winter Fiction Issue of the New Yorker has a blistering super-short story by Junot Diaz. It’s all dirty-talking bravado (and boasts what must be a record number of curse words per New Yorker page) followed by a quietly devastating finale. Diaz’s male characters do talk about women with a …Read More

Pico Iyer On Jet Travel

For those of you dreading your flight down to Key West for the Seminar in January, take heart from two things: 1. the knowledge that the  Key West International Airport is small, easy and very friendly and B. these words from Lit Sem Alum Pico Iyer (’06) on modern travel: …Read More