Behind the Scenes of “The Hungry Muse”

Behind the Scenes of “The Hungry Muse”

As we continue to digest “The Hungry Muse,” we wanted to thank the many volunteers and event staff that allow us to do what we do with style, class, and grace. Herewith, a glance behind the scenes. We’ll continue to post lots of new photos from both sessions this week, and will start to roll out new audio next week.

Margaret Elliot ran the front of the house once again, fielding all questions, delivering all answers, and even delivering frittatas. Christopher Kush’s Voltaire Books expertly served our book-buying public. Photo by Michael Blades.

The sound and light systems at the San Carlos Institute received a major overhaul this year thanks to a significant donation from Disney. Event sound was once again provided by Private Ear, aka Melody Cooper and Dan Simpson, who oversaw the new installation for the San Carlos. Photo by first-time volunteer Nick Doll.

KWLS executive director Miles Frieden, right, invited Embury Cocktails mixmaster Jason Rowan, left, aboard as a full-time player for this year’s festivities. Rowan, burgeoning international tastemaker and hand-crafter of bitters, created custom libations including a rosemary vodka gimlet and a jalapeño-avocado margarita. Rundowns and recipes on these and more at Embury. Photo by Curt Richter.

Florida International University professor and poet Nick Vagnoni (left) has been a KWLS volunteer since he was a student at Key West High School. Jolly Benson (right) has served for three years as our lighting director and emergency fix-it man, generously donating his time at the light board. Thanks again, guys! Photos by Nick Doll.

Shayne Benowitz was our social media face for the second year, keeping the world informed about “The Hungry Muse” by way of our Facebook and Twitter profiles. Photo by Nick Doll.

For this year’s set, designer Mike Boyer of the Waterfront Playhouse delivered a classic Chinese restaurant. Nick Vagnoni’s photo looks out into the house from one of its tables for two.

Photographer Curt Richter joined us for the fourth year in a row to continue work on his series of portraits of American writers (outtakes from these sessions coming soon). This photo by Nick Doll.

Michael Blades is quite possibly the hardest-working member of the KWLS board of directors, tasked with coordinating the small army of volunteers that serve at the registration tables, in retail, and as ushers throughout the Seminar weekend. Somehow, he also finds the time to take pictures! This photo by Curt Richter.

The gentleman in the mustache is Ian Rowan, my right-hand, do-anything man. Knight of the rolodex and adept of shenanigans, Rowan made great strides this year in the departments of early rising and recruitment, bringing fiancée Lauren Kincheloe into the KWLS family. Photo by Michael Blades.

And that’s me, in a usefully-flattering action shot by Nick Doll, as I grab the mic on behalf of the board and directors of the Key West Literary Seminar to thank the many, many more men and women who volunteered their time and expertise to make our 29th annual event unfold with such remarkable calm and precision. Thank you, all.

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