1993: Elizabeth Bishop
Key West Characters
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.