Arlo Haskell is an award-winning writer, literary organizer, and publisher. Much of his work focuses on the literary and social histories of Key West, Florida.
His most recent book is "The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969)," which received the 2017 Florida Book Award (Philip and Dana Zimmerman Prize for Florida Nonfiction). He is also the author of the poetry collections "Fool Proof "(2003) and "Joker" (2009). As an editor, Haskell has worked on critically acclaimed editions of poetry and literature in translation, including "The Last Books of Héctor Viel Temperley" (translated by Stuart Krimko and named a BOMB magazine “Editor’s Choice” for 2011) and Harry Mathews’s poetry collection, "The New Tourism" (selected as a Times Literary Supplement “Book of the Year” in 2010). Most recently, he is the editor of Mathews’s posthumous "Collected Poems: 1946-2016" (2020).
Haskell lives with his family in Key West, Florida, where he is executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar. In 2019, he was named Poet Laureate of Key West by the Key West City Commission.
Awards and Recognition
- 2017 FLORIDA BOOK AWARD The Phillip and Dana Zimmerman Gold Medal for Florida Nonfiction
Press and Media Mentions
- “Key West Should Be Known For This, Too” (Op-Ed, History News Network )
- “Fascinating story … skillfully told… Haskell fills ["The Jews of Key West"] with detailed and colorful sketches of individuals and families, bringing their accomplishments to life through personal letters, contemporaneous newspaper articles, and archival photos and drawings… This excellent book will appeal to readers who want to better understand the richness and diversity of the American Jewish experience.” —The Jewish Book Council
- Arlo Haskell on C-SPAN’s Book-TV discussing his research for The Jews of Key West