“A Seminar Named Desire” — January 6–9, 2022

  • Location. All events at Coffee Butler Amphitheater, 21 Quay Road, unless noted.
  • Masks required. To maximize protections against the Omicron variant, masking is required within any covered or tented area, even if open to the air on all sides, when you cannot maintain 6’ of distance between yourself and others. Additionally, masks are always required in the bookstore tent and when standing in line for book signings.
  • Literary Walking Tours are scheduled every day from Wednesday, January 5 through Monday, January 10. See schedules and purchase tickets in the bookstore tent at the Amphitheater or online at kwls.org/tour
  • Free public session begins at 2 pm Sunday. All other sessions require advance registration.
Final Schedule for 2022 “A Seminar Named Desire”
There were many changes up to the last minute; this schedule reflects the program as it actually happened.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
1-3 pmAudience Check-In at Amphitheater
3-5 pmSouth of Southernmost — Exhibition of Photographs by Mark Hedden @ The Studios of Key West
4:30-5:30 pmGates Open at Amphitheater
5:30-5:40 pmWelcome to the Key West Literary Seminar — Nancy Klingener, president, and Arlo Haskell, executive director
5:40-6:30 pmJohn Hersey Memorial Address | Lauren Groff: “The Banquet of Abstemiousness: On Art and Desire”
6:30-7 pmTeacher & Librarian Welcome Reception
6:30-7 pmBook Signing
6:30-8:30 pmOpening Night Reception
Friday, January 7, 2022
8:30 AMGates Open
9:28-10:18 amColum McCann / Narrative 4 at Key West High School (Students/Faculty Only)
9:30-9:40 amIntroduction — Michael Nelson, Program Chair for “A Seminar Named Desire”
9:40-10:15 am“Love Poems No Matter What” — A Reading by Jericho Brown
10:15-11:15 amShtupping: A Conversation with Jami Attenberg and Judy Blume
11:15-11:35 am20 min break
11:35-12:30 pm“What Women Want: A Conversation about Real Characters and Their Fictional Counterparts.” Joyce Maynard, Jamie Quatro, and Lisa Taddeo in Conversation.
12:30-2:30 pmTeacher & Librarian Luncheon & Florida History Tour
12:30-2:30 pmLunch break
12:30-1 pmBook Signing
2:30-3:20 pm“A Warm and Welcoming Shadow: Gay Male Desire on the Page, Then and Now” — A Conversation with Zak Salih and Edmund White.
3:20-4:15 pmHeaven & Earth: Writing from the Carnal to the Spiritual — A Conversation with Lauren Groff and Jamie Quatro.
4:15-5:15 pmCocktails at the Amphitheater
4:15-4:45 pmBook Signing
5:15-6 pm“Inside the Milfateria” — Tom Perrotta in Conversation with Cheryl Tan
6-6:35 pm“I want, I want” — A Reading by Eileen Myles
6:35-6:55 pmBook Signing
Saturday, January 8, 2022
8:30-8:45 amGates Open
9:30-9:40 amGreetings — Arlo Haskell, executive director
9:40-10:30 amColum McCann, Tom Perrotta, and Lisa Taddeo in Conversation
10:30-10:55 amEmerging Writer Awards — Readings by the 2021 Winners: Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award: Nishanth Injam; Scotti Merrill Award: Lisa Beech Hartz; Marianne Russo Award: Aimee LaBrie
10:55-11:40 am“Shameless Oversharing: A Writer’s Obligation to Her Reader” — Joyce Maynard in Conversation with Elizabeth Colledge
11:40-11:55 am15 min break
11:55-12:30 pmMichael Carroll: “Key West: Anything But Innocent”
12:30-2:30 pmLunch break
12:30-1 pmBook Signing
2:30-3:25 pmReadings in Conversation: Jericho Brown and Eileen Myles
3:25-4:15 pm“Art, Education and Action — Changing the World with Stories” — Lisa Consiglio and Colum McCann, co-founders of Narrative 4, discussing their global nonprofit story-telling venture, Narrative 4.
3:25-3:45 pmBook Signing
4:15-5:15 pmCocktails at the Amphitheater
5:15-6:05 pm“Mortal Longings” — A Reading by Billy Collins
6:05-6:25 pmBook Signing
6:30-9:30 pmFarewell Dinner (ticket purchase required)
Sunday, January 9, 2022
8:30-8:45 amGates Open
9:30-9:40 amGreetings — Arlo Haskell, executive director
9:40-10:10 am“The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” — A Reading and Open Conversation with Deesha Philyaw
10:10-10:35 amEmerging Writer Awards — Readings by the 2022 winners: Marianne Russo Award: Melanie Pappadis Faranello; Scotti Merrill Award: Gabriel Mundo; Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award: Christine Vines
10:35-11:20 amA Conversation with Zak Salih and Michael Carroll
11:20-11:40 am20 min break
11:40-12:30 pm“Family Secrets” — a Conversation with Jami Attenberg and Deesha Philyaw, moderated by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
12:30-2:30 pmConch Chowder Luncheon
12:30-12:50 pmBook Signing
12:30-2 pmLunch break
Sunday Free Session
2-2:10 pmGreetings — Arlo Haskell, Executive Director
2:10-3 pm“Desire and the Political” — A Conversation with Colum McCann and Eileen Myles
3-3:50 pmEdmund White — “A Boy’s Own Story” — in conversation with David McConnell
3:50-4:30 pm“The Poetic Saturation of Love” — A Reading by Billy Collins
4:30-4:45 pmBook Signing

Helpful Links:

  • Covid-19 Practices, Policies, and Guidelines
  • Tickets for the Saturday Night Dinner @ Truman Little White House
  • Guest Passes for the Thursday Night Reception and/or Sunday lunch
  • Reservations for our Old Town Literary Walking Tour