Join us for the 36th annual Key West Literary Seminar!

The island nations of the Caribbean have produced some of the most powerful and exciting writers of our time. For the 36th annual Key West Literary Seminar, we look across the waves to the vital literature that has emerged from this region. In bringing these writers together in Key West, we seek to both celebrate and transcend geography, in pursuit of the stories that hold us together.

Confirmed speakers are listed below, with more to be announced in the coming weeks and months. General registration is closed but you may join the waitlist here.

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André Alexis, photo by Hannah Zoe Davison

André Alexis

Born in Trinidad, he is the winner of Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize and a Windham-Campbell Prize.

Robert Antoni, photo by Ali Bujnowski

Robert Antoni

Trinidadian-Bahamian-American author of six novels, with work included in The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories.

Madison Smartt Bell

Madison Smartt Bell

Award-winning author of a trilogy of novels that investigates Haiti’s 18th century slave rebellion.

Teju Cole, photo by Christopher Anderson/ Magnum Photos

Teju Cole

Acclaimed novelist, influential essayist, and an internationally exhibited photographer known for his global perspective.

Edwidge Danticat, photo by Lynn Savarese

Edwidge Danticat

Haitian-American winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award finalist.

Nicole Dennis-Benn

Jamaican-born author of Here Comes the Sun, her writing is “as lush as the island itself,” says the Boston Globe.

Brent Hayes Edwards, photo by Robert Caplin

Brent Hayes Edwards

MODERATOR: Columbia University professor specializing in African diasporic literature and black radical historiography.

Jonathan Galassi, photo by Elena Seibert

Jonathan Galassi

Poet, novelist, and veteran of the publishing business.

Ishion Hutchinson, photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Ishion Hutchinson

Winner of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award, “His poems are full of ocular passion.” —The Poetry Review

Naomi Jackson, photo by Tyler Joe

Naomi Jackson

Named one of Publishers Weekly‘s “Writers to Watch” for her debut novel, set in Barbados.

Marlon James, photo by Jeffrey Skemp

Marlon James

His Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Geographer, journalist, and author of the travelogue Island People: The Caribbean and the World

Jamaica Kincaid, photo by Bob Anderson

Jamaica Kincaid

She has “a musical sense of language, a poet’s understanding of how politics and history…overlap and blur.” —The New York Times

Anna Kushner, photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Anna Kushner

Translator of Cuban writers including Leonardo Padura, Guillermo Rosales, and Norberto Fuentes.

Kei Miller

Kei Miller

Jamaican poet, novelist, essayist, and professor of literature and creative writing at Exeter.

Mirta Ojito, photo by Geandy Pavon

Mirta Ojito

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has written widely about immigration and human rights.

Leonardo Padura, photo by Héctor Garrido

Leonardo Padura

Novelist, journalist, critic, and winner of Cuba’s National Prize for Literature.

Caryl Phillips, photo by Center for Creative Arts

Caryl Phillips

“Seen by many as the father of Afro-British fiction.”—The New York Times

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, photo by Sue Kwon

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Poet and translator who “writes from a zone of his own creation, mixing the traditions of his West Indian ancestry with American ones.”

Esmeralda Santiago, photo by Robert Curtis | CANTOMEDIA

Esmeralda Santiago

Puerto Rican-American memoirist, novelist, and editor. Her experiences as an immigrant in an urban space inspire much of her work.

Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, photo by Naomi Howard

Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

Trinidadian author, editor, and professor of French literature and creative writing.

Tiphanie Yanique, photo by Debbie Grossman

Tiphanie Yanique

Prize-winning novelist, poet, and short story writer from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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