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Twitter Story
12:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Tweet Us A Story: You Can Co-Author A Story With Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer gave us the first line, now you get to finish it.
Marzena Pogorzaly geoffdyer.com

Welcome to the Key West Literary Seminar edition of Tweet Us A Story

Starting at 5:00, we'll be writing a story with KWLS author Geoff Dyer.

Dyer has graciously given us the first line of a tale. It's up to you to help us finish it.

You can join in on the storytelling in the space below. Check out the rules at the bottom of the page.

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AIDS In Haiti
7:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

A Poetic Journey After The Quake: HIV/AIDs In Haiti

Alex, 17, lives in the municipality of Carrefour.
Photos by Andre Lambertson, Haiti, 2010.

 

Reporter Patricia Sagastume spoke with poet Kwame Dawes about one specific love story within Voices of Haiti.

The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti demolished the country's health care system along with everything else.

But from the ruins came Voices of Haiti -- an odyssey in verse that grew out of a commission from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to document HIV/AIDS after the quake. The multimedia project, which came to the University of Miami this year, blends Haitian voices to conjure up images of strength, hope and faith.

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Literature
11:30 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Parallel Lives: Colm Tóibín on Henry James

Colm Tóibín discusses The Master, his 2004 novel about Henry James.
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Literature
10:08 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Is The Biography A Work Of Fact Or Fiction? Musings From The Key West Literary Seminar

Author Jay Parini says “All biography is a work of fiction. It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”
Nick Doll

The work of a biographer might seem straightforward enough.  Although the general public might consider the genre a sub-category of nonfiction writing, the best works transcend that title, and stand apart as a class of their own.  Biographies contain facts and historical documentation about the life of particular subject, and in this way meet the criteria for nonfiction.  In a talk at the Key West Literary Seminar on Saturday, however, acclaimed biographer Jay Parini declared, “All biography is a work of fiction.  It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”

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Literature
3:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: We Become What We Read

Former poet laureate Billy Collins
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Literature
2:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: Translating A Life With Judith Thurman

New Yorker contributor, non-fiction writer, and bigrapher Judith Thurman on Translating a Life
newyorker.com

Those of us who speak more than one language are aware of the power and issues related to translation.  For many of us it is a constant internal dialog, full of traps and the dangers of double entendres.  The anxiety that the process brings about is the very reason why skillful translators are so valued.
In it's essence, the act of translating is a multi thronged process.  There is the literal, and then there is the intangible, the true root that translation attempts to illuminate.  In the end the translation inevitably fails to some degree to reach this ultimate goal.

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Literature
12:29 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: On Those Same Steps: Iyer on Greene

Pico Iyer at “Writers on Writers.”
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Key West Literary Seminar
11:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Tweet Us A Story: Key West Literary Seminar Edition Today At 5:00pm

Tweet us a story!

The enthusiasm of WLRN's Twitter followers combined with the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar has inspired the second round of Tweet Us A Story.

Last time, author Junot Diaz kicked off the Twitter event. We'll be grabbing a first line this weekend from one of the KWLS authors.

Here's How It Works:

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Weekend Guide
2:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

What To Do In Miami And South Florida This Weekend: Music, Literature, Superheroes And Beer

Credit kwls.org

While the rest of the country (except for maybe the folks in Alabama) might be suffering from cold weather and holiday hangovers this time of year, the sun never stops in South Florida. Winter is when our events move outside.

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Key West Literary Seminar
9:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Can’t Make It To The Key West Literary Seminar? Meet Us There On Twitter

Curt Richter pairs real portraits with fictional biographies.
Credit kwls.org

Just because you can’t drive down for the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar, doesn’t mean you can’t take part.

WLRN is teaming up with the KWLS folks to bring the conversations online.

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Haiti Earthquake Anniversary
8:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Three Years After The Haiti Earthquake, An Unsure Future For One Woman And Her Country

Fabienne Jean prepares food in Haiti.
Credit Nick Kozak

All this week we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her right leg three years ago in the earthquake in Haiti.

Fabienne’s right leg was crushed and had to be amputated. When she danced again, she was hailed as a symbol of Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery.

But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered during the year he spent reporting on this story, the quest to rebuild one woman’s life would take much more than that.

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World Music In Miami
7:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Femi Kuti Followed Dad's Dangerous Road To Afro-beat Stardom In Nigeria

Afro-beat artist Femi Kuti can sing as well as play the saxophone, trumpet and organ. He is entirely self-taught.
Credit TheArches/Flickr

Listen to the broadcast version of this story, and hear Femi Kuti’s songs ‘Can’t Buy Me,’ ‘Dem Bobo,’ and ‘Oyimbo’ as well as Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie.’

    

This Sunday, Nigerian Afro-beat artist Femi Kuti will be performing in Miami. Femi is known for using music to protest against the Nigerian government -- a legacy he inherited from his father, the legendary Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti.

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Classical Yogi
4:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

New World Symphony Hosts Its First Yoga Night

The combination of newage exercise and classical concert is unexplored territory for New World Symphony.
Jessica Meszaros

In its latest experiment with performances and outdoor spaces, New World Symphony will host an evening of music and meditation this Friday.

The symphony is partnering with lululemon to produce a night of classical music and yoga training on the 11th at 7 p.m. 

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Arts
8:05 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FIU Was Literary Launchpad For Obama Poet Pick, Cuban-American Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Nico Tucci

The announcement that a Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants has been chosen as the inaugural poet for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony is causing a stir throughout South Florida.  And nowhere more than in our region's literary community.

In 1993, a young civil engineer named Richard Blanco wanted to try his hand at writing poetry.  So he took a class at Florida International University, led by English Professor Campbell McGrath.

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The Next Generation Of American Artists
1:09 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Talented Young Artists Flock To Miami For YoungArts Week

Credit Matthew Fang/Flickr

About 150 talented, young artists from across the country are in Miami this week to hone their skills through classes and performances.

They were chosen from a pool of 10,000 applicants to take part in the 32nd annual YoungArts Week. Twenty of the participants are from Florida.

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