By Subcription: Writing by John Balaban, Kelly Cherry, Steve Paul, Michael Pritchett and other writers and artist. 


The late Judith Ortiz Cofer discusses her work of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and the challenges of writing while balancing family life and teaching.


Powerful reflections of American wars in Vietnam and elsewhere coincide with the peace of the Kansas prairie in this debut collection by an M.D. and veteran battalion surgeon.


Winners, finalists, and judges for the 2017 New Letters Literary Awards: Click arrow below for details.  

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Kansas City Literary Events

Gabriel Tallent

Wichita, Kan.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Sylvia Kofler & James Benger

Kansas City, Mo.
Friday, September 22, 2017

At the Rose Garden: Lechliter, Reynolds, Woo & Youngstreich

Kansas City, Mo.
Saturday, September 23, 2017


BkMk Press Poetry and Fiction Contest Winners Announced

Find out who won the latest Ciardi Prize for Poetry and Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. You could be next! Click here for guidelines.

Tracy K. Smith has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate!

Hear poetry from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Life on Mars, on the New Letters on the Air half-hour show or a short excerpt on KCUR before she was in Kansas City last year. Find out more about our new ambassador for poetry from NPR.


Dave Smith Collection

Special Pricing: This collection includes New Letters (Vol. 80, No. 1), two CDs with New Letters on the Air programs from 19811988, and part one and two of a 2014 interview, all featuring the work of Dave Smith. Downloads of these programs have also been reduced in our audio archives.