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T-minus 3 weeks to Yet Another World …

12/15/2011  by Arlo Haskell  2 Comments
Yet Another World

This year's program features the work of 19th-century French illustrator Jean Marc Côté, who depicted life in the year 2000.

“Yet Another World,” our 30th annual seminar, is now just three weeks away. It all starts with the John Hersey Memorial Address on Thursday, January 5, 2012, featuring two of North America’s most creative novelists and thinkers, Douglas Coupland and William Gibson.

Friday morning starts off with an introduction by James Gleick, the creative force behind this year’s seminar and author of the recent bestseller The Information. He’ll be followed by Jennifer Egan, who will present the infamous “PowerPoint chapter” from A Visit from the Goon Squad, the novel-in-stories that earned Egan two of America’s top literary honors this year, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood team up to assess “other worlds” versus “the real one,” and Atwood returns with a special performance for Friday night’s John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Event.

Saturday’s speakers include Colson Whitehead, whose Zone One brings zombies to the streets of Manhattan and has earned him continued acclaim as one of America’s brightest young novelists. The cultural phenomena known as Steampunk will be explored in a panel discussion with China Míeville and Dexter Palmer, moderated by NPR science correspondent and Radiolab co-creator Robert Krulwich. Astrophysicist-cum-novelist Janna Levin is also featured, as are up-and-coming novelists Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances) and Charles Yu (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe ).

Sunday’s program includes some of the boldest names at “Yet Another World,” including Super Sad True Love Story author Gary Shteyngart and Chronic City writer Jonathan Lethem. Sunday afternoon’s free-and-open-to-the-public program (FREE!) includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, fellow poet and Pulitzer Prize winner James Tate, and acclaimed fiction writer George Saunders.

Complete schedule of events here.

2012 Awards go to Nguyen, Strick, Wineteer

11/28/2011  by Arlo Haskell  2 Comments

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s named awards:

Sabra Wineteer

Sabra Wineteer

Sabra Wineteer

Sabra Wineteer grew up in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. She has since lived in England, New Zealand, Germany, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and currently lives in rural Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in TWINS Magazine, storySouth, The Rumpus, 7X20, and will soon be anthologized in 140 And Counting.

Selected by Billy Collins
Diana Khoi Nguyen

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Diana Khoi Nguyen is completing an MFA at Columbia University where she was the poetry editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her awards include a teaching fellowship from Columbia University and the Fred & Edith Herman Memorial Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She has also been the recipient of scholarships from The Center for Book Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Juniper Writing Institute. Her poems appear in Pool Poetry and are forthcoming in Devil’s Lake. She currently divides her time between Seattle and New York City.

Christy Strick

Christy Strick

Christy Strick

Christy Strick is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in New South: Georgia State University’s Journal of Art and Literature; Pearl; the Delmarva Review; Fast Forward: A Collection of Flash Fiction; lifewithobjects; and onepagestories. She has been awarded residencies at The Studios of Key West, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Hambidge Center. Ms. Strick is a founding member and past president of WriterHouse, a nonprofit writing center in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is currently at work on a novel and a collection of flash fiction. More about her at

Each year, the Key West Literary Seminar grants three awards to emerging writers of exceptional merit living in the United States. Each provides full tuition to our January Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, seven nights’ lodging, support for living expenses while in Key West, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.

We are grateful to Joyce Johnson, Peyton Evans and The Rodel Charitable Foundation-Florida, and The Dogwood Foundation for providing the endowments which will support our scholarship program for years to come.

More about our awards program here.

C. Whitehead’s Zombie Novel Takes Streets

10/19/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post
Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Zone One, Colson Whithead

Zone One, the highly anticipated fifth novel from MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead, hit the shelves and electronic delivery channels yesterday. It deals with the living dead in the city that never sleeps. Here’s what people are saying:

“The best book of the fall…Zone One formulates an essential equation: the measure of what we once had versus the hint of what we have left. Whitehead brilliantly reformulates an old-hat genre to ask the epidemic question of a teetering history — the question about the possibility of survival.”
—Tom Chiarella, Esquire

“Everything comes to life in this perfectly paced, horrific, 40-page finale shot through with grim comedy and desolate wisdom about the modern age in all its poisonous, contaminating rage. It’s a remarkable episode, drenched in the matinee carnage of classic horror but elevated by the power of Whitehead’s prose to the level of those other ash-covered nightmares imagined by T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cormac McCarthy.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“When I was a youngster, comic books and novels such as Lucifer’s Hammer and The Stand provided models of the apocalypse, but movies were my true primer — the glorious feel-bad dystopian flicks of the 1960s and 1970s. The inexplicable monsters of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead were my template for this book, as they are for everything we currently categorize as a zombie text.”
—Colson Whithead, interviewed in Harper’s

Twitterites: follow @colsonwhithead

Douglas Coupland, Works

10/17/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post

Here’s more of Douglas Coupland’s visual work, grabbed from his website and Monte Clark Gallery’s. Enjoy.

Douglas Coupland, Thomson no.7

"Thomson no. 7 (Stormy Sky)"; Unique pigment print, 28 x 35.5 in

Douglas Coupland, Theoretical Postage Stamp

"Theoretical postage stamp: Japanese National Parks Series" (2011); Pigment print, 32 x 22 in

Douglas Coupland, Warflowers

"Warflowers"; two of a series of 10; Backlit Duratrans photos installed into ten separate streetcar stops, Queen Street, Toronto, ON; 84 x 54 in

Douglas Coupland, Global Thermonuclear War

"Global Thermonuclear War" (2010); Pigment Print, 13 x 17 in

Douglas Coupland, Factory

"Factory" (2002); Wood and lacquer

Coupland and Gibson to Open 30th KWLS

10/14/2011  by Arlo Haskell  3 Comments
Douglas Coupland, The Exhausted Landscape

"The Exhausted Landscape" (2010); pigment print, 56x45 in. Douglas Coupland

Opening night for Yet Another World, the 30th annual Key West Literary Seminar (January 5-8, 2012) will feature two of North America’s most forward-thinking novelists and thinkers. We are delighted to announce this year’s John Hersey Memorial Event: A Conversation with Douglas Coupland and William Gibson.

Douglas Coupland, a Canadian, first came to prominence in 1991 with publication of his debut novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. The book popularized terms such as “McJob” and “Generation X” and went on to become an international bestseller. This has been followed by 12 subsequent novels, distinguished by a synthesis of postmodern religion, Web 2.0 technology, human sexuality, and pop culture. His fiction is complemented by a body of work in design and visual art that engages potentially apocalyptic outcomes of technology and contemporary culture. Coupland has been described as “…possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today,” and “one of the great satirists of consumerism.”

William Gibson, an American who emigrated to Canada, is celebrated for a body of fiction that, over time, has proved uncannily prescient about the near future. His debut novel, Neuromancer (1984), introduced the term “cyberspace” and created an iconography for the information age long before the ubiquity of the internet in the late 1990s. Later books, including Mona Lisa Overdrive, Pattern Recognition, and his latest, Zero History, have popularized the character of the computer hacker as hero, and anticipated the rise of reality television, celebrity journalism, and nanotechnology. In all, Gibson is the author of nine novels, more than 20 short stories, and has collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers, and musicians.

Both Coupland and Gibson are avid broadcasters on Twitter. Follow them @DougCoupland and @GreatDismal.

Apply now for 2012 Awards & Scholarships

05/18/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post

We are now accepting applications for our 2012 Scholarship Program.

Each year, we give three awards to honor emerging writers of exceptional merit living in the United States. The Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, Marianne Russo Award, and Scotti Merrill Memorial Award each provide full tuition to the Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program; round-trip airfare and seven nights’ lodging; support for living expenses while in Key West; and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.

In addition to the named awards, we provide limited financial assistance to teachers, librarians, writers, and students who would not otherwise be able to attend the January Seminar and/or Writers’ Workshop Program. This is primarily in the form of fee reductions, with some assistance available for lodging and travel expenses.

Applicants for the named awards are evaluated on the strength of a manuscript submission. Judges have included former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; winners include Patricia Engel (Marianne Russo Award, 2009), whose debut story collection, Vida, was published by Grove/Atlantic to critical acclaim last Fall.

The deadline to apply for one of the named awards is September 30, 2011. Limited financial aid is given on a rolling basis until funds are depleted; interested applicants are urged to file as soon as possible.

Since 2008, we have supported more than 200 individuals with nearly $175,000 in assistance. This is made possible by support from Joyce Johnson, Peyton Evans, the Dogwood Foundation, and Judy Blume’s KIDS Fund.

China Miéville added to 2012 Roster

05/13/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post
China Mieville

photo by Chris Close

It keeps getting better. Acclaimed British novelist China Miéville–who has been credited with changing the rules of the fantasy genre–has agreed to join us for the 30th annual Key West Literary Seminar next January 5-8, 2012. The author of The City and the City, Iron Council, and Perdido Street Station, and three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award, Mieville’s newest book, Embassytown, launches next week.

The full list for Yet Another World: Literature of the Future:

Margaret Atwood
Douglas Coupland
Michael Cunningham
Jennifer Egan
Rivka Galchen
William Gibson
James Gleick
Robert Krulwich
Jonathan Lethem
Janna Levin
Valerie Martin
China Miéville
Joyce Carol Oates
Dexter Palmer
George Saunders
Gary Shteyngart
James Tate
Colson Whitehead
Charles Yu

Register now, before it’s too late.

Dara Wier to lead Writers’ Workshop

05/11/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post
Dara Wier

Dara Wier

Poet Dara Wier will return to Key West to lead a poetry workshop January 8-12, 2012. Wier tells us that the workshop, called “Reckless Imaginations,” will generate “sure-fire means of raising the stakes” while providing exercises “to help jump-start new directions in your writing processes, actions, and outcomes.” The workshop is open to poets of all levels, who will be expected to arrive with at least three poems for workshop focus.

The author of 11 books of poems, including the recent Selected Poems from Wave Books, Wier has had an influential career as a teacher and mentor to many poets. She is on the permanent faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute; and she co-founded and co-directs the University of Massachusetts’ Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action. Wier also publishes chapbooks, broadsides, and books for Factory Hollow Press, and is a regular faculty member in our own KWLS Writers’ Workshop Program.

Colson Whitehead joins “Yet Another World”

05/10/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post

photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien

Acclaimed novelist Colson Whitehead has been added to the roster for our 2012 Seminar, Yet Another World: Literature of the Future. His forthcoming fifth novel, Zone One (October 2011), is a wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel in which Manhattan has been destroyed by plague, leaving its inhabitants divided among the sick and the well, the normal and the “malfunctioning” stragglers who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.

Whitehead is also the author of four previous and highly acclaimed novels. These include his debut, The Intuitionist (1999), about intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors; John Henry Days (2001), an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, and the Pulitzer Prize; and, most recently, the PEN/Faulkner award finalist Sag Harbor (2009), about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long Island during the summer of 1985. His The Colossus of New York (2003), a collection of essays about that city, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Jennifer Egan’s Goon Squad takes Pulitzer Prize

04/22/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post
Jennifer Egan

photo by Pieter M Van Hatten

The accolades keep coming for novelist Jennifer Egan, whose fifth book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, has won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The spectacular novel of interlocking stories had already won the National Book Critics Circle Award and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize to be announced at the end of April.


Egan will be in Key West in January for the 30th annual Seminar, “Yet Another World,” where she will join Gary Shteyngart, James Gleick, John Banville, Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, and Jonathan Lethem, among others.

Key West Literary Seminar alumni were well-represented among this year’s Pulitzer winners, as Kay Ryan collected the prize for poetry for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems; and Eric Foner received the history prize for The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.

James Tate joins “Yet Another World”

04/01/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post
James Tate

photo by Curt Richter

The poet James Tate, no stranger to myriad other worlds, has announced he will join us for Yet Another World, the 30th annual Seminar next January 5-8, 2012. This is no joke, though April Fool’s Day is an ideal one for adding a poet who has baffled and enchanted readers for more than 40 years.

The National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winner’s most recent book is The Ghost Soldiers. You can listen to Tate’s reading from the 2003 Seminar in our audio archives and read poet Stuart Krimko’s analysis of Tate’s reading of “The Cowboy” at the 2010 Seminar.

“The Cowboy”

Someone had spread an elaborate rumor about me, that I was
in possession of an extraterrestrial being, and I thought I knew who
it was. It was Roger Lawson. Roger was a practical joker of the
worst sort, and up till now I had not been one of his victims, so
I kind of knew my time had come. People parked in front of my
house for hours and took pictures. I had to draw all my blinds
and only went out when I had to. Then there was a barrage of
questions. “What does he look like?” “What do you feed him?” “How
did you capture him?” And I simply denied the presence of an
extraterrestrial in my house. And, of course, this excited them
all the more.….click for full poem

Margaret Atwood added to Workshop Faculty

03/21/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post

photo by George Whiteside

Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood is the latest addition to the faculty for our 2012 Writers’ Workshop Program. The Booker Prize-winner tells us her workshop, “The Time Machine Doorway,” will focus on first chapters, saying “The first chapter is the doorway to the book. It is always a time machine: When are we? It is also always a come-on: Lure us in! Of course, in order to write the opening chapter you will have to know quite a lot about the world you are inviting us to enter: Who’s talking? Where is this voice situated in relation to the events we’re about to follow?

Atwood’s workshop will be open to writers with some experience who are writing or wish to write a work set in the nearish future. Admission will be based on a writing sample, and class size will be limited to 12 participants.

Atwood joins fellow workshop instructors Paulette Bates Alden, Mary Morris, and Lee Smith. Read more about the program and find complete descriptions of each workshop @ More workshops to be announced later this week.

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