Lorian Hemingway About the Participants
January 13-16, 2000

LORIAN HEMINGWAY, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, was raised in Mississippi and Arkansas, areas that would figure prominently in her later work. She has written for many publications, including The Oxford American, The Miami Herald, Sports Afield, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and her essays have been widely anthologized.

Her novel Walking Into the River has been published in ten languages and was nominated for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction. Her memoir Walk on Water was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. With humor and startling honesty, Hemingway wryly acknowledges how fishing is more than a metaphor for her salvation--it allowed her to feel connected to something as a child, living with her alcoholic mother and abusive stepfather. It helped her to heal after a to-hell-and-back fight for sobriety. And it led her to the discovery that family consists not necessarily of the people you are born with, but of those you choose to let into your heart. From despair to hope, from loss to recovery, Walk on Water is a remarkable tale of strength told by a born storyteller. For the past nineteen years Hemingway has been the Director and Final Judge of the Hemingway Days Short Story Competition, which was recently renamed the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition in honor of her tireless encouragement of emerging writers. In recognition of her body of work and her devotion to literature in Key West and elsewhere, Ms. Hemingway was awarded the Conch Republic Prize for Literature in 1999; the first woman to have been awarded the prize. She now lives near Keene, New Hampshire and is writing a nonfiction work set in Civl Rights era Mississippi.

  • Walking Into the River, Simon and Schuster, 1992
  • Walk On Water, A Memoir, Simon and Schuster, 1998
  • Act of God: The Story of the Candlestick Tornado, Simon and Schuster, to be published, 2000