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Conger Beasley: Past American Voice

Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry

Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson, Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20170818

We honor the Past American Voice of Conger Beasley Jr.(1940-2016). This author of fiction, poetry, essays and non-fiction covered various subjects, ranging from texts for the Sierra Club Guide to the history of the Lakota Sioux to the fictionalized life of Maurice Ravel. This show pulls from two archive interviews in 1990 and 1996, as well as some never-before aired segments, as he reads from his book, Sundancers and River Demons: Essays on Landscape and Ritual and two of his experimental short stories from The Blood of Dead Poets. He also talks about We Are a People in This World: The Lakota Sioux and the Massacre at Wounded Knee, winner of the 1995 Western Writers of America Spur Award, revealing why he's often drawn to far-off desolate landscapes and their inhabitants. Read a tribute to the late Conger Beasley in New Letters magazine (Vol. 83, No. 1) and look for Conger Beasley's 1996 essay collection Eyes Open in the Dark in the BkMk Press Catalog.

| Subject Matter: Missouri, France, Travel, Landscape, Native American Culture | Interview Year: 1990, 1996 | Genre: Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry | Awards: Spur Award for Best Nonfiction |

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New Letters is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Prize for Nonfiction, the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction, and the $1,500 Prize for Poetry. See the winners, judges, and finalists here.

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