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, Kevin Young
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

Photo by Nick Doll

When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness

By Yael Valencia Aldana
On Saturday afternoon, a few hundred literary souls braved the unusually cold weather and a stiff biting breeze for the event, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, Cornelius Eady and Rowan Ricardo Phillips in conversation. I love these events as it gives us access to literary royalty.
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Emerging Writer Award Winners Read Their Work

By Ofelia Montelongo
On Friday, January 13th, after defying the rain and the wind, Emerging Writer Award winners Lisa Lee (novel-in-progress), Amanda Hawkins (poetry), and Nayereh Doosti (short story) read from their work at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater in Key West, Florida. The awards support writers with extraordinary talent and
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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.

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