510 Greene St
Key West, FL 33040
Please join us at Old City Hall for the 2nd annual Key West Hemingway Symposium moderated by Kirk Curnutt Ph.D. Presenters include scholars, actors, and writers inspired by Hemingway’s work.
Schedule of speakers:
6:00 – 6:25 pm: Ashley Oliphant Ph.D., an Ernest Hemingway scholar and professor of English at Pfeiffer University, will discuss her most recent book, Hemingway, and Bimini: The Birth of Sport Fishing at “The End of the World”. In her book, Dr. Oliphant, a longtime member of the Hemingway Society and two-time presenter at the International Hemingway Society Conference, explores the emergence of big game fishing as an organized, competitive sport during the 1930s, when Ernest Hemingway, a sport fishing enthusiast, lived on the western-most island of the Bahamas. The book was researched and compiled with the support of a prestigious 2016 John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Hemingway Research Grant, which provided Dr. Oliphant the opportunity to conduct archival work at the Hemingway Collection in Boston.
6:30 pm – 6:55 pm: Brewster Chamberlin Ph.D. will discuss Key West during the time Hemingway lived on the island.
7:00 – 7:25 pm: Brian Gordon Sinclair a.k.a. “Hemingway On Stage” will briefly discuss his multi-book series, The Hemingway Monologues, prior to introducing an exciting, new writing talent who is the great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, Cristen Hemingway Jaynes. Cristen will describe her early memories of Key West and the origins and evolution of the Hemingway Days Festival, as well as discuss the Hemingway legacy, her latest travel book on Hemingway’s international adventures, and her new fiction projects.
7:30 – 7:55 pm: Kirk Curnutt Ph.D. will deliver a short presentation on novels about Key West that deserve to be rediscovered, from Archibald Clavering Gunter’s Don Balasco of Key West (1896) through Thelma Strabel’s Reap the Wild Wind (1942) to Thomas Sanchez’s Mile Zero (1989) and American Tropic (2013). The presentation will relate the themes of Key West literature to its social history to celebrate the unique characteristics of the island’s setting.
Moderator Kirk Curnutt Ph.D.
Kirk Curnutt is professor and chair of English at Troy University. He is the author of fourteen books of fiction and criticism, including Ernest Hemingway and the Expatriate Modernist Movement, Coffee with Hemingway (featuring a preface by John Updike), and, most recently, Reading Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not. After co-organizing the Ernest Hemingway Society and Foundation’s 2004 conference in Key West (held at the Casa Marina), he co-edited the collection Key West Hemingway with Gail D. Sinclair. He has served on the board of the Hemingway Society since 2006 and is currently working on a broad-range examination of Key West fiction as an example of regional literature. Despite his affinity for all things Papa, his favorite Key West novel is Thomas Sanchez’s Mile Zero.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.