Harrison Scott Key did the impossible. Our program threw him to the wolves of a drinking, chattering audience of about 300 and he quickly had them in the palm of his wit. They listened, they laughed; you could feel the connection. Smart and funny with just the right touch of tender. We wish we could have him on every week.
— Jim Dees, host, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Oxford, Mississippi

Upcoming Speaking Events

Harrison toured mostly nonstop from 2015 to 2018, with short breaks for showers and his children’s birthdays, and those days are over. He does speak from time to time, at festivals and universities, if invited. He is so good at talking, you have no idea. He will do it for money. You have to ask. Go to this page and scroll around for what looks like the right information.

Harrison making bold accusations of a Sunday night crowd at The Neshoba County Fair.

Harrison making bold accusations of a Sunday night crowd at The Neshoba County Fair.

Harrison has recently learned to read and enjoys sharing this gift with those around him, as well as those at a distance, if they have good seating. With a background in comedy and performance, Harrison is very comfortable speaking to audiences who are drunk and incapable of feeling human love. Happy, healthy audiences also respond to Harrison's work, occasionally. If you would like to invite Harrison to your school, university, conference, bookstore, festival, etc., contact him directly.

Some Places Where Harrison Did Things

  • American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition (New Orleans, LA)

  • Arkansas Literary Festival (Little Rock, AR)

  • Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN)

  • Belhaven University (Jackson, MS)

  • Decatur Book Festival (Atlanta, GA)

  • Fall for the Book at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)

  • Florida Heritage Book Festival (St. Augustine, FL)

  • Georgia Ob-Gyn Society (Sea Island, GA)

  • SCAD Atlanta Ivy Hall (Atlanta, GA)

  • Literary Death Match (Nashville, TN)

  • Literary Guild of St. Simons Island (St. Simons, GA)

  • Miami Book Fair International (Miami, FL)

  • Mississippi Book Festival (Jackson, MS)

  • Novel Memphis (Memphis, TN)

  • Savannah Bar Association (Savannah, GA)

  • Savannah Book Festival (Savannah, GA)

  • SCADshow (Atlanta, GA)

  • Seersucker Live! (Savannah, GA)

  • Ships of the Sea Museum (Savannah, GA)

  • South Carolina Book Festival (Columbia, SC)

  • South on Main (Little Rock, AR)

  • Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Annual Discovery Show (Savannah, GA)

  • Southern Lit Alliance (Chattanooga, TN)

  • St. John's Public Library (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

  • T-Bones Records and Café (Hattiesburg, MS)

  • Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading (Tampa, FL)

  • Texas Book Festival (Austin, TX)

  • Thacker Mountain Radio (Neshoba County Fairgrounds, MS)

  • The Louisiana Book Festival (Baton Rouge)

  • The Mid-South Book Festival (Memphis, TN)

  • The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Festival (New Orleans, LA)

  • The Southern Festival of Books (Nashville, TN)

  • The University of the South (Sewanee, TN)

  • Virginia Festival of the Book (Charlottesville, VA)

Some Bookstores Where Harrison Read for Audiences of Approx. 5 to 6 People

  • A Capella Books (Atlanta, GA)

  • Alabama Booksmith (Birmingham, AL)

  • Blue Bicycle Books (Charleston, SC)

  • BookPeople (Austin, TX)

  • Country Bookshop (Southern Pines, NC)

  • E. Shaver Books (Savannah, GA)

  • Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)

  • G.J. Ford Books (St. Simons Island, GA)

  • Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, VA)

  • Hub City Bookshop (Spartanburg, SC)

  • Lemuria Books (Jackson, MS)

  • Malaprop's Bookstore (Asheville, NC)

  • McIntyre's Books (Pittsboro, NC)

  • Nightbird Books (Fayetteville, AR)

  • Octavia Books (New Orleans, LA)

  • Page and Palette (Fairhope, AL)

  • Park Road Books (Charlotte, NC)

  • Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN)

  • Pomegranate Books (Wilmington, NC)

  • Purple Crow Books (Hillsborough, NC)

  • Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC)

  • Square Books (Oxford, MS)

  • The Book Lady (Savannah, GA)

  • The Booksellers at Laurelwood (Memphis, TN)

  • The Wild Detectives (Dallas, TX)

  • Turning Pages (Natchez, MS)

  • TurnRow Book Co. (Greenwood, MS)

  • WORD (Brooklyn, NY)

Some Workshops Where Harrison "Taught" Writing

  • Auburn Writers' Conference (Auburn, AL)

  • Austin Peay University (Clarksville, TN)

  • Belhaven University (Jackson, MS)

  • Benjamin Franklin High School (New Orleans, LA)

  • Chamberlain-Hunt Academy (Port Gibson, MS)

  • Douglas Anderson Writers Festival (Jacksonville, FL)

  • Florida Heritage Writers Conference (St. Augustine, FL)

  • Highland Park Literary Festival (Dallas, TX)

  • Jackson Preparatory School (Jackson, MS)

  • Millsaps College (Jackson, MS)

  • Mississippi School of Math and Science (Columbus, MS)

  • Mississippi School of the Arts (Brookhaven, MS)

  • Mississippi Theater Association Annual Festival (Vicksburg, MS)

  • New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (New Orleans, LA)

  • The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Festival (New Orleans, LA)

  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)

  • Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL)

  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)

  • The University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)

  • The University of the South (Sewanee, TN)

  • The Writing in Place Conference (Spartanburg, SC)