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 to address 350 people, doesn’t she? She’s a gracious, charming woman. And that laugh! We’re all a little in love with her.
Key West Loves Lee Smith
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 over 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; rare images from historic collections, interviews, and all manner of report from Key West’s life of letters.