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KWLS Offers Podcasts of Beloved Authors

During the years Tennessee Williams lived in Key West, he swam at South Beach every morning before sitting down to write. “I work everywhere,” Williams said of Key West, “but I work best here.”

Imagine running on a treadmill listening to a laugh-out loud lecture by Allan Gurganus. Or imagine your morning commute: wouldn’t you look forward to it more if you could listen to a keynote address by Lee Smith? And wouldn’t the winter be just a little more tolerable if you could listen to Silas House read a passage from his novel-in-progress behind a chorus of cicadas and whippoorwhill?

The Key West Literary Seminar hosts a four-day readers’ event each January focused on a specific theme. At the Seminar, “readers from all over the world join the best writers of our time for the readings, discussions, lectures, and parties that make up today’s smartest and most high-spirited literary gathering.” The Seminar has created a truly phenomenal resource: the best of these recordings are now being digitized and released online for use by educators, students, and readers worldwide.

These recordings can now be streamed at or downloaded so we can take them with us wherever we go—on errands, car trips, or just to our living-room couch.

Other speakers and guests include fiction writers Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates, and Colson Whitehead; poets Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, and Charles Simic; and many many more.

For more information on the Key West Literary Seminar, and to listen to all the recordings, visit