How the Light gets in

Coverage of the 2015 Seminar: "How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit"

John Hersey Memorial Address: Pico Iyer
Presenters: A. Manette Ansay, Coleman Barks, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Patricia Hampl, Jane Hirshfield, Marie Howe, Pico Iyer, Charles Johnson, Wally Lamb, Barry Lopez, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Robert D. Richardson, Marilynne Robinson, and Steve Stern. Writers’ Workshop Faculty: Paulette Alden, Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, A. Manette Ansay, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield, Daniel Menaker, Mary Morris, Marilyn Nelson, Susan Richards Shreve, and Lee Smith.

Pico Iyer & Barry Lopez on Wonder

Sunday morning Pico Iyer and Barry Lopez took the stage at the San Carlos Institute with a conversation entitled “Wonder: Entering and Exiting the Great Mystery.” Both authors travel frequently and extensively to write about their discoveries in humanity as outsiders in foreign lands. As an introduction, Iyer noted the …Read More


Mark Doty on Desire and Longing

On Saturday morning, Mark Doty gave a talk on desire and longing, a topic, he admitted, that he was somewhat surprised to have been assigned. When he reviewed his selected poems, however, he said he was also surprised to find that much of his work did deal with desire and …Read More


A Reading With Steve Stern

It seems fitting that some hours before Steve Stern took the podium at the 2015 Key West Literary Seminar, Jane Hirshfield and Barry Lopez discussed the idea of the trickster figure. We need trickster, they proclaimed. Someone has to shake things up, and more often than not, that burden falls on …Read More


Compassion, Joni Mitchell, & Dick Cheney

The first morning of the 2015 Key West Literary Seminar was filled with discussions of compassion. Wally Lamb began his reading on Friday by talking about Joni Mitchell, and her song “The Magdalene Laundries” in particular. Lamb read a version of an essay that wove Mitchell’s lyrics with his own …Read More


Opening Night w/ Paul Winter Consort

“How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit” began Thursday night with a marquee music-and-poetry performance featuring the Paul Winter Consort. All photos by Nick Doll.


Thirty-third Seminar Underway

Registrants for the 33rd annual Seminar began checking in at the San Carlos Institute on Thursday afternoon before climbing aboard trolleys for the ride to the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center. Images of the opening night readings and concert coming soon… All photos by Nick Doll.


Light Getting in as KWLS 33 Begins

The thirty-third annual Key West Literary Seminar is underway. Check-in for those who are registered for the event takes place at the San Carlos Institute (516 Duval St.) from 1:00-5:00 pm today, Thursday, January 8, 2015. “How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit” will explore literature’s relationship to …Read More


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