Authors to Explore Black Literature at 40th Annual Key West Literary Seminar

Jan. 12-15, is the 40th annual Key West Literary Seminar, featuring a celebration of African-American literature and literary history. Nearly two dozen dynamic contemporary authors, poets, journalists and scholars will be in attendance, taking part in the open-air subtropical event based at Key West's Coffee Butler Amphitheater, 21 Quay Road in Truman Waterfront Park. Notable figures include historian and author Annette Gordon-Reed, New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones, Deesha Philyaw, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown and Tananarive Due. The seminar will commence with a keynote presentation by Kevin Young, poetry editor of the New Yorker, at the amphitheater's main seating area. Young's address, titled "African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song," will be followed by a variety of discussions, lectures, book signings, receptions and more. Several events are open to the public, but advance registration is required to attend the seminar in full. The fee of $675 per person includes admission to all onstage events, the opening reception and other social activities. For more information and a full schedule, visit