The complete schedule of events for the 33rd annual Key West Literary Seminar is now available: click here for complete details.
How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit unfolds over the course of four days, beginning on the evening of Thursday, January 8, 2015. Opening night takes place at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center and features a unique musical performance by the Paul Winter Consort. Following a brief keynote address by Pico Iyer, the Consort will present “Unbridled Joy,” a composition incorporating the voices of acclaimed poets including Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield, and Marie Howe, among others. Day Two features five-time New York Times-bestselling author Wally Lamb, National Book Award-winner Barry Lopez, and MacArthur Foundation fellow Patricia Hampl, concluding with evening readings by Rumi translator Coleman Barks and two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Day Three presents readings by celebrated poet Marilyn Nelson, a lecture by National Book Award winner Charles Johnson on “Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice,” and finally an hourlong address on “Grace” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson. The seminar concludes on Sunday, January 11, with Walt Whitman Award-winner Mary Rose O’Reilley, and Robert D. Richardson, the acclaimed biographer of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, among others.
The final program on Sunday, January 11, is free and open to the public. Doors will open at the San Carlos Institute (516 Duval St.) at 1:45 for a program featuring Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Patricia Hampl, Marie Howe, Pico Iyer, Charles Johnson, Wally Lamb, and Mary Rose O’Reilley.
All other sessions are now full and closed to new registrants. Registration for the 2016 Seminar will open on December 16.