Coverage of the 2023 Seminar: "Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature"

John Hersey Memorial Address: Kevin Young
Presenters: Jabari Asim, Jericho Brown, S.A. Cosby, Sika Dagbovie-Mullins, Tananarive Due, Cornelius Eady, Ashley C. Ford, Regis M. Fox, Megan Giddings, Annette Gordon-Reed, Nadege Green, Kerri Greenidge, Tyehimba Jess, Tayari Jones, Victor LaValle, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Deesha Philyaw, Emily Raboteau, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Laura Warrell, Jacqueline Woodson
Special Guests: Shavers Family, Ambassador Chorale
Writers’ Workshop Faculty: Joy Castro, Peter Ho Davies, Cornelius Eady, Tyehimba Jess, Marjan Kamali, Dantiel W. Moniz, Roxana Robinson, Luis Alberto Urrea

Jacqueline Woodson: “My Writing Life: A Brief History”

By Kristin Taylor
The unusually cold wind whipping off the ocean may have rattled the canopies as the sun set, but it didn’t deter the audience from huddling under layered shirts and towels-turned-blankets to hear Jacqueline Woodson’s incandescent talk
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Tananarive Due on “Afrofuturism: Dreams to Banish Nightmares”

By Ali Banach
On this windy afternoon, Tananarive Due took to the Key West Literary Seminar stage to deliver a lecture about the genre of Afrofuturism and its role in books, cinema, and music. Toward the beginning of her talk, Due offered a working definition of Afrofuturism as “speculative work,” including science fiction, fantasy, and horror
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The 40th Key West Literary Seminar is Underway!

The 40th Annual Key West Literary Seminar, “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature”, is set to begin in just a few hours at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater with the John Hersey Memorial Address by Kevin Young.