Literary Landmark: Key West Public Library - David A. Kaufelt

Key West, Fla.
Dedicated February 6, 2016
Partners: Key West Literary Seminar, Friends of the Key West Library, Monroe County Public Library

David A. Kaufelt was a novelist who founded the Key West Literary Seminar and established Key West as a fixture in the national literary consciousness. Arriving in 1974, he joined a vibrant community that included some of the most acclaimed writers of his era. Here at the Public Library, Kaufelt led the first Key West Literary Seminar in 1983 and completed the research for his novel American Tropic.This was also a meeting point for his popular Literary Walking Tour, which introduced countless visitors to the rich life of letters in this island city.

A literary landmark plaque honoring the late David A. Kaufelt is viewed by (from left) author Judy Blume, Kaufelt’s son Jackson Kaufelt, Key West Literary Seminar executive director Arlo Haskell and Kaufelt’s widow Lynn Kaufelt. Photo: Carol Tedesco