Author: Arlo Haskell

“Call Me David” — How David Wolkowsky Showed me the World

By Arlo Haskell — “Key West lost one of its defining figures this week with the death of David Wolkowsky. He was 99. I was lucky to know David and count him as a friend throughout my adult life. From the moment I met him, in the winter of 2001-02, I was charmed by his unique combination of refined elegance and deep informality…”

35th Key West Literary Seminar is Underway

The 35th annual Key West Literary Seminar—“Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics”—is set to begin in just a few minutes at the San Carlos Institute with the John Hersey Memorial Address by Robert A. Caro. We’ll be posting video of Caro’s keynote here tomorrow morning, along with a stream of …Read More

2016 Teacher & Librarian Scholarships Announced

Teachers and librarians are the vanguard of literary culture. Each day they welcome new members to the community of readers, curate resources that reveal the histories of our cities and families, foster discussions about important literary works, and encourage the development of new voices in American literature. We recognize a …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.

Schedule announced for KWLS 33

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 …Read More

First Lear Scholarship to Cricket Desmarais

We are delighted to announce the selection of Cricket Desmarais as the recipient of our inaugural Liz Lear Scholarship. Introduced this year, the annual award recognizes a Florida Keys resident who is passionate about the written word. The Lear Scholarship provides the recipient with full tuition to the seminar and/or …Read More

2015 Awards to Deshpande, Bodwell, Kwak

We are pleased to present the winners of our 2015 Seminar Emerging Writer Awards: JAY DESHPANDE Scotti Merrill Award selected by Billy Collins Merrill Award winner Jay Deshpande writes: “When I’m writing these days, what I’m most desirous of is that something be at stake. All that matters is that …Read More

33rd Seminar to feature Paul Winter Consort
Doty, Hirshfield, Howe to join famed jazz ensemble

In a dramatic first for the Key West Literary Seminar, opening night of “How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit” (January 8-11, 2015) will feature a marquee musical performance by the Paul Winter Consort. Following a brief keynote address by Pico Iyer, the Consort will take the stage …Read More