Among the island's literati: David and Lynn Kaufelt. He writes novels; she presides over the Key West Literary Seminar and supports local arts efforts.
Allen Rokach, Charles Walton IV
David and Lynn Kaufelt
David A. Kaufelt immerses himself in the pleasures of Key West while composing. "If it's nice enough, I will write outside by the pool," he says. He and wife Lynn moved from New York City after vacationing here for years.
"We loved the architecture and the poinciana trees--a riot of red," recalls Lynn. "It was a lazy kind of place with a great mix of people."
David founded the Key West Literary Seminar, which marked its 25th anniversary this year. Lynn now serves as president of the event, which always sells out. Two sessions are planned for January 2008. She also serves on The Studios of Key West board, a new nonprofit artist colony. Among other things, the organization provides studios to writers and artists at affordable rates.
"When I fly in and see this little dot and think about all that's going on here--it seems like such an unlikely place for so much to be happening," says Rosalind of Key West. "All kinds of people want to live here because it is a very generous writing community, spectacularly uncompetitive," says Rosalind, a British native and author of 11 novels and poetry and short story collections.