About New Letters On the Air: Writers on Radio


Producer/Host, New Letters on the Air, Angela Elam  (816) 235-1159

Assistant Producer, New Letters on the Air, Jamie Walsh  (816) 235-5182

Editor-in-Chief of New Letters, BkMk Press and New Letters on the Air, Robert Stewart

Administrative Associate, Katie Taylor

New Letters Assistant Editor, Ashley Wann

BkMk Press Managing Editor, Ben Furnish

BkMk Press Assistant Editor, Cynthia Beard


In 1977, David Ray and his wife, Judy, began the audio literature program New Letters on the Air, a half-hour radio program featuring writers reading from and talking about their work. For 13 years, Rebekah Presson produced and hosted the show, a task taken over in 1996 by Angela Elam. 

The program now stands as the longest continuously-running broadcast of a national literary radio series, with more than 1,200 programs by many of the world’s most prominent writers. A 2010 finalist for the New York Festivals International Radio Arts & Culture Award for "The Cruelest Month" a poetry compilation for National Poetry Month, New Letters on the Air has won a 2011 Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications for Women's Issues Radio with "When She Named Fire"--a show about women publishing poetry in America-- and a 2013 Clarion Award for Best Radio Talk or Interview Program.

The radio program, which is also available as a podcast, widens the scope of the magazine's mission to promote great literature, both on the page and on the air.

The mission of New Letters on the Air, New Letters magazine, and their affiliate book publisher, BkMk Press, is to discover, publish and promote the best and most exciting literary writing, wherever it might be found. We serve readers and writers worldwide, through award-winning broadcasts and other audio systems, print and digital formats. In recent years, New Letters magazine has won a National Magazine Award, the industry's highest honor, plus multiple Pushcart Prizes, and is reprinted often in Best of anthologies.






Kansas City Literary Events

Kelly, Lowe & Adair-Hodges

Friday, September 20, 2019
Kansas City, Mo.


Kansas City Public Library Announces Kids and Teens eReading Rooms

The KCPL has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating individual, specialized eReading Rooms of ebooks and audiobooks for children and teenagers.


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.