1993: Elizabeth Bishop

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The 1993 Seminar, our eleventh annual, was dedicated to the work of Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979). Among the panelists were John Malcolm Brinnin, Octavio Paz, Robert Giroux, James Merrill, and Richard Wilbur. In cooperation, The Key West Art & Historical Society put on the first-ever exhibition of Elizabeth Bishop’s paintings, curated by William Benton, who at that time was working on Exchanging Hats (1996). The exhibit of Bishop’s paintings also featured the photographs of Rollie McKenna, including several portraits of Bishop. In conjunction with the Seminar, Bishop’s former home at 624 White Street, was added to the national register of Literary Landmarks.

Among the Archives

, 362 American author John Hersey (1914-1993) and noted theater critic Mel Gussow (1933-2005) at a Key West Literary Seminar party hosted by David Wolkowsky, circa 1986-1990. Photo by Jeffrey Cardenas. American poet, biographer, and critic John Malcolm Brinnin with Jean Trebbi, early Seminar organizer and honorary board member, at the same ...Read More

A Day at the Beach, 1984

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How many words is a picture worth if its subjects have penned more than many thousands of bestselling words apiece, already read by tens of thousands of readers? If in their beach bags are five Pulitzer Prizes, a few National Book Awards, two Bollingen Prizes, and office stationery from the U.S. Poet Laureate?