Carrie Jo Howe is the author of the humorous novel, “Island Life Sentence,” the story of an American Mid-western woman who feels like an alien in the “one human family” of Key West. Howe is also the author of “Motherhood is NOT for Babies: A Story of Dating, Mating, and Procreating.”
Kristina Neihouse was awarded an Anne McKee Artist Fund Grant to publish her debut novel, “Knowing When to Leave,” a near-future dystopian novel about a world coping with catastrophic climate change. Neihouse moved to Key West in 1995 and is a full-time librarian. When not reading, writing or feeding cats, she participates in 5K runs and triathlons.
Katharyn Howd Machan is a poet and professor at Ithaca College. She has published 30 poetry collections, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks. In 2002 she was named the first Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, New York. Every March she leads a five-day workshop, “Writing in the Garden,” as part of the Mana Project, Inc. in Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, located in the heart of Old Town, Key West.
Laura Albritton, along with Florida Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson, is the author of the histories “Marathon: the Middle Keys,” “Key West’s Duval Street,” and the 2018 book, “Hidden History of the Florida Keys.” Albritton has written for publications such as the Miami Herald, Sculpture magazine, Harvard Review, the Houston Chronicle, and the Times Literary Supplement.
Tom Corcoran is the writer of the massively popular Alex Rutledge mystery novels set in Key West. The latest in the series was published in November of 2018 and is called “Guava Moon Revenge.” Corcoran is also the author of “Jimmy Buffett: The Key West Years,” and was Buffett’s longtime photographer and co-lyricist of the songs “Cuban Crime of Passion” and “Fins.”
Richard René Silvin is a lecturer, historian and author of several histories and memoirs, including a book about his friendship with the late Duchess of Windsor called “Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her.”
David McConnell is the author of “American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men,” which won the 2014 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award for Non-Fiction. He has also written the novels, “The Silver Hearted,” and “The Firebrat.” His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies. He’s now at work on a memoir about his relationship with a man on death row.
Robin Lloyd is a journalist and novelist. He is the author of “Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale,” and “Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana.” Lloyd has been involved in television journalism for more than forty years, including fifteen years as a veteran correspondent for NBC News.
Richard Horan is the author of the nonfiction book “Seeds: One Man’s Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton.” He is also a novelist, English teacher, and book reviewer for several national publications.