Feb 112018
 
Stephen Kitsakos To Speak at Friends of the Library Series, Feb. 19

On Monday, Feb. 19, The Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Stephen Kitsakos, a writer, director, performing arts administrator, and professor of theater arts, as the next speaker in their lecture series. Talks are presented at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. His lecture begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Kitsakos’s work explores the connection between the healing power of the performing arts and the use of sacred texts to inspire [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #255, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
 
Key West Friends of the Library Welcome Arlo Haskell as Guest Speaker

On Mon., Feb 12, the Friends of the Key West Library will host Arlo Haskell at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. as part of its speaker series. Admission is free. His talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Mr. Haskell is a writer, historian, literary organizer, and publisher. Much of his work focuses on the literary and social histories of Key West, Florida. As executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar, he is responsible [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #254, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
 
A Great New Book Introduction at the Pigeon Key Art Festival!

“Pathway through Paradise” It will be an engineering “miracle.” A highway across the ocean! We will build it from both ends to the middle… It will be frustrating. It will humble us. But we will have the fortitude, the perseverance, the courage and the political savvy to build this highway across the sea!! Awe-inspiring! Laugh-out-Loud at some of their antics! A most entertaining look! Oh! The conniving politics! Pigeon Key Papy The scandalous toll era! The history and beauty of the bridges – engineering marvels. [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #254, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 272018
 
Chantel Acevedo is Guest Speaker At Friends of the Library Series, Feb. 5

Monday, Feb. 5, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Cuban American author and educator, Chantal Acevedo as guest speaker. Ms. Acevedo’s appearance at the podium will be at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. Her talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Originally from Miami, Chantel Acevedo frequently utilizes Cuba as a backdrop for her prose and poetry. Her novels include Love and Ghost Letters from St. Martin’s Press, Song of [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #253, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 202018
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Invites Writers to Enter Works in this Year’s Tennessee Williams Poetry and Short-story Contests

Keys poets and writers are invited to submit works for this year’s Tennessee Williams poetry and short-story writing contests – components of the annual Key West celebration of the great American writer and island resident’s birthday. Poets are invited to submit a 30-line or less poem about Williams’ life in Key West. Writers may submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words, to include some reference to Williams’ life in Key West. Winners will be selected by blind-judging via a panel of professional, published [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am ~ Artists ~, Art, Issue #252, Literature No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
Review of Arlo Haskell's New book, "The Jews of Key West (1823-1969)"

Review by Malcolm Robert Willison ……. Arlo Haskell, the annual Key West Literary Seminar’s executive director, has just published a fascinating work of historical reconstruction. His interestingly-organized book, well-designed and -illustrated by David Janik, covers much of the previously by-passed, almost-lost history of Key West’s Jewish population, from the town’s founding through its post-war boom. Haskell is not a professional historian but an accomplished writer, poet, and administrator. His straightforward prose is highly readable without sacrificing careful and wide-ranging research and 14 pages of careful citation [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #247, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 152017
 
There’s Trouble in Paradise

When a scurrying horde of giant Gambian rats threaten to bring chaos to the easy living, fun-loving Conch nation, who will step forward to save the day? A lightning-zapped veterinarian now trying his hand as a street-fair fortune teller. A Scottish monk whose ambition is to rehab the rats, and ship them off to South America where they can selflessly serve humanity by sniffing out landmines and disease? A pampered runaway Hemingway house cat who teams up with an aspirational Gambian rodent seeking a greater [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #247, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Decimos (We Say), A Lliterary Collection of the Florida Keys is Requesting Submissions

Elegant Publications Company (EPCO) is excited to announce the development of a new publishing project: Decimos (We Say). This monthly literary magazine representing the work of the Florida Keys, is now accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction on our website decimos.org or directly via email atcontact@decimos.org. Submissions must be 1-5 pages in a word document attachment. This collection will provide local authors and readers a fresh platform for original fiction, poetry and professional craft commentary generated by the Keys community. Print copies are already for sale [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am issue #246, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
 
New Book Explores Key West's Jewish History

Sand Paper Press announces the release of Arlo Haskell’s new book, The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, & Revolutionaries (1823-1969).  Leading scholars praise The Jews of Key West as a groundbreaking addition to regional and Jewish histories. Bancroft Prize-winning historian Robert D. Richardson says, “Haskell’s new book uncovers in fascinating and vivid detail the story of the immense impact the Jewish community has had on the basic culture of Key West.” Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, an expert on American Jewish history, praises Haskell’s “deep research and [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #244, Literature, What To Do 1 Response »
Nov 242017
 
The Key West Poetry Guild is Proud to Present Our Ongoing Open Mic Series

1st Sunday, Every Month, 7pm December 3, Open Mic Featuring the work of Arida Wright Arida Wright, President of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries lives her philosophy of self-empowerment, which for her is a lifelong mission of spirituality. She is a Minister of Metaphysics and a Traditional Reiki Master. Arida is a columnist with Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper). Her work has also been published in the Key West Citizen. An example of Arida’s poetry will be featured in Key West Laureate, Flower Conroy’s upcoming anthology [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #244, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
KWPG Fusion Art and Lit Exhibit at the Key West Library, Opening: 5:30 PM, July 7

  The Key West Poetry Guild is excited to announce the opening of a fusion visual and literature art exhibit on display at the Key West branch of the Monroe County Library during the month of July. The formal opening will be held 5:30 PM, July 7 at the library. Key West native photojournalist, Jeane LaRance, will give a short presentation on her photos that members of the KWPG used as inspiration for original works of poetry, followed by a reading of the poems. These combination works are [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Custom House Museum to Serve as Literary Headquarters for Hemingway Days Symposium, Signings, and Readings

Literary fans of the legendary Ernest Hemingway can look forward to an array of new cultural offerings presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, taking place July 18- July 23. “Hemingway is an integral part of Key West’s cultural fabric and honoring his literary legacy during Hemingway Days is an opportunity  for us to showcase some of the country’s finest Hemingway scholars,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. Hemingway Days events kick off on Tuesday, [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Writers' Workshop Openings Announced

The Key West Literary Seminar announces openings in its Writers’ Workshop Program January 15-19, 2018, in Key West. Faculty instructors with availabilities include short story master Joy Williams, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and critically-acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Financial assistance is also available. The five-day Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and application requirements, but not all workshops require submission of a writing sample. Enrollment is limited [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
May 262017
 
Q&A with John Hemingway – Special Guest Speaker at Upcoming Mystery Fest Key West

Event organizers have announced that John Hemingway, grandson of the late Nobel Prize winning American author Ernest Hemingway, is set to be a special guest speaker during the Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and bestselling mystery fiction and true crime authors and the readers who love them, set for June 16-18, 2017. The American-born, Canada-based writer and translator’s articles and short stories have appeared in American, Italian and Spanish newspapers and reviews. He was a contributor to the “Murder In Key [continue reading…]

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #220, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
May 052017
 
JIMMY BUFFETT: A Good Life All the Way, by Ryan White (on-sale May 9)

The weather is getting warmer and it’s 5 o’clock somewhere—which means there’s no better time for JIMMY BUFFETT: A Good Life All the Way (on-sale May 9; Touchstone), a rollicking, incisive biography of everyone’s favorite tropical troubadour by music critic Ryan White (also the author of Springsteen: Album by Album). This is the definitive, comprehensive account of Jimmy Buffett’s long-way-around road to success, his music, and the massive $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville lifestyle brand it spawned. Deeply researched—with interviews from friends, musicians, Coral Reefer Band members, [continue reading…]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #217, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Mar 312017
 
Q&A with Tito Davis, Author of Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive

What if tomorrow, you had to leave your family, your home, and everything you’ve ever known to become a fugitive in a country where you couldn’t even speak the language?   Do you think you’d survive? Dan “Tito” Davis did. In his real-life memoir, Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive, written while serving a 10-year prison sentence, he details his shocking story of the 13 years he spent on the run from the United States federal government. Davis was released in 2015 and [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #212, Literature, What To Do 1 Response »