A delightful series of cocktails have been gracing the seminar this week that were inspired by the travels and writings of Graham Greene. Jason Rowan, of Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters and Embury Cocktails, as well as Sean Hoard, of Teardrop Lounge in Portland, Oregon, have been life-long fans of Greene and spent the year re-reading his opus to find the best descriptions of tipples. They then took that inspiration and have been crafting cocktails for the literary minded attendees for the past couple of days, with more Greene libations to come.
Shaun, Laurel, and Jason at the Oldest House reception.
The Key West Literary Seminar welcomes readers and writers to this subtropical island city. Our flagship program is the annual Seminar, a four-day event that explores a unique literary theme each January, where readers from around the world enjoy presentations by some of the best writers of our time. In our Writers’ Workshop Program, also in January, writers of all levels meet in small groups with esteemed faculty to share their work and explore the craft of writing. A Scholarship Program reduces fees for teachers and librarians and recognizes the work of outstanding emerging writers. Exclusive recordings from the Seminar spanning thirty years are available in the Audio Archive, while our online journal, Littoral, features news, essays, photographs, and other resources that document Key West’s rich literary history.
A diversity of life thrives in the littoral zone — a thin strip of coastline between high and low watermarks. As the operating metaphor for our online journal, it refers to that part of Key West routinely overrun by the tide of literature and to the rich life of letters in this island city. Here you’ll find event coverage from our team of writers and photographers; news and updates about upcoming opportunities; and rare images from historic collections, interviews, and all manner of report from Key West’s life of letters.