Key West Literary Seminar: Real Portraits, Invented Biographies
During the first session of the 31st Annual Key West Literary Seminar, we had a little fun online with portrait photographer Curt Richter. Each morning, we tweeted out a new picture and asked you to write a 140-character invented biography inspired by the photograph. Here’s what you came up with. The entry in bold is our favorite for each photograph.
@KeyWestAuthor: Found wandering abandoned and naked in an Amazon jungle at age 12, Louis Mfume attended Harvard and is now a K Street lobbyist.
@NSUShark: Professional storyteller, artist Antonio LaFitte noted for carribbean travels. Resides with wife, daugher, parrot in New Orleans.
@TooMuchMe: Lost my Foot Locker job, and then tried to make a button-up suit out of my former uniform
@JollyBenson: Before, I was a respected physicist, the best in my field. Now I am a cab driver, but can afford to feed my family. I am happy.
@KT_Anna: ”…He was also a staunch supporter of the ‘horizontal stripes with pockets’ shirt movement.”
@ShayneBenowitz: Jafar Abduljabar was many things, a high end pajama designer, a jazz saxophonist, & a lover of many women.
@KeyWestAuthor: Emily was born shy. As she grew, she continued to withdraw into herself. Then into the wallpaper. Finally she disappeared.
@BCSTAR80: Born into an insular Quaker family, she was raised without words, but expression, replied to the simplest query with a twitch.
@KeyWestAuthor: She could be a tempress, she could be a tramp. But Kaneesha was happiest in her role as a librarian. Or so she said.
Join us during the second session of the Literary Seminar January 17-21 as we continue with the invented biography fun using hashtag #WoWbio. We’ll tweet a new photo by Curt Richter on Friday at 10:00 a.m. Stay tuned for updates.
The Key West Literary Seminar runs through Sunday. You can find a schedule of events at the KWLS website.