“Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature”

January 12–15, 2023

Tentative Schedule for 40th annual Key West Literary Seminar

January 12–15, 2023

 

Presenters at the 2023 Seminar will include Hilton Als, Jabari Asim, Jericho Brown, S.A. Cosby, Cornelius Eady, Kellye Garrett, Megan Giddings, Annette Gordon-Reed, Nadege Green, Tayari Jones, Victor LaValle, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Deesha Philyaw, Darryl Pinckney, Emily Raboteau, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kevin Young. Learn more about our presenters here.

Programming details are now being finalized and individual appearances will be updated below when the final program is confirmed.

 

Jan 12, Thursday

1-3 pm Audience Check-In @ the Amphitheater
4:30-5:30 pm Cocktail Hour — Open Bar @ the Gathering Tent
5:30-5:40 pm “Lift Every Voice & Sing” — Opening Hymn delivered by Florida Memorial University’s Ambassador Chorale
5:40-6:30 pm John Hersey Memorial Address | Kevin Young: “African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song”
6:30-7 pm Traditional spirituals, gospel, and jazz from the Ambassador Chorale
7-7:30 pm Book Signing with Kevin Young
7-9 pm 40th Anniversary Reception @ the Gathering Tent

Jan 13, Friday

8:30-9:30 am Breakfast
9:30-10 am Ambassador Chorale — Morning Program 2
9:30 am-12:30 pm Programming for “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature”
12:30-1 pm Book Signings
12:30-2:30 pm Lunch available for purchase @ the Gathering Tent.
2:30-4:30 pm Programming for “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature”
4:30-5 pm Book Signings
4:30-5:30 pm Cocktail Hour — Cash Bar @ Amphitheater
5:30-6:30 pm Programming for “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature” — Public Welcome
6:30-7 pm Book Signings

Jan 14, Saturday

8:30-9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am-12:30 pm Programming for “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature”
12:30-1 pm Book Signings
12:30-2:30 pm Lunch available for purchase @ the Gathering Tent.
2:30-4:30 pm Programming for “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature”
4:30-5 pm Book Signings
4:30-5:30 pm Cocktail Hour — Cash Bar @ Amphitheater
5:30-6:30 pm Programming for “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature” — Public Welcome
6:30-7 pm Book Signings
6:45-9:30 pm Patrons Dinner (limited to Patrons Circle members) (Harry S. Truman Little White House: 111 Front St, Key West, FL 33040)

Jan 15, Sunday

8:30-9:30 am Breakfast
9:30-12:30 pm Programming for “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature” — Public Welcome
12:30-1 pm Book Signings
12:30-2 pm Lunch provided by KWLS for Seminar registrants @ the Gathering Tent
2-4 pm Final Session Programming for “Singing America: A Celebration of Black Literature” — Public Welcome
4-4:30 pm Book Signings

Location: All onstage events will take place at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater (21 Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040) unless noted. The venue is open-air and the seating area is partially protected from the elements by tents. Receptions are held in additional open-air tents on the grounds of the Amphitheater, unless noted. See schedule for details.

The Seminar is held at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater, an open-air venue within Key West’s award-winning Truman Waterfront Park.

Food & Drink: The Seminar registration fee of $675 includes an opening night reception with complimentary food and drink, complimentary coffee and continental breakfast each morning, and two open-bar cocktail hours. At lunchtime, food is available for purchase from local vendors and a cash bar is provided. Members of our Patrons Circle are additionally invited to attend our Patrons Dinner Saturday night. See schedule for details.

Literary Walking Tours are scheduled every day from Wednesday, January 11 through Monday, January 16. See schedules and purchase tickets in the bookstore tent at the Amphitheater or online at kwls.org/tour

Public Sessions: To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we welcome the general public to attend our Friday and Saturday evening programs and all day on Sunday. A cash bar will be available for an hour prior to the Friday and Saturday sessions. See schedule for details.

What if it rains? Our saddlespan and hexadome tents will provide some protection from the elements, however there is still a risk that inclement weather will present conditions that may be uncomfortable for some participants. There are no alternate indoor venues in case of inclement weather. There will be no refunds in case of rain or other weather-related issues.