Previously published in print by Ampersand Press of Roger Williams College, "Rounding Ballast Key" is a poetry collection featuring the people and places of Key West and South Florida. Author George Murphy is also the editor of the recognized literary anthology The Key West Reader: The Best of Key West's Writers 1830-1990, among other works he has authored about the Keys' literary heritage.
The Key West Reader features 25 of the most insightful and entertaining works that resonate from Key West: an edited collection of the finest literary and poetic works about Key West or from writers who lived in, or were touched by their time in, the Florida island community. It is said that Key West hosts more writers per capita than any other place in the world. This book captures that spirit.