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Meg Wolitzer

New York Times Bestselling author Meg Wolitzer reads from her most recent novel, The Female Persuasion, and disc...

Alan Proctor

Alan Proctor's book, The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Ex-Patriate, was named one of the best memoirs in 2015 by The Kansas City Star. Release...

Laura Kasischke

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet Laura Kasischke discusses her journey to writing fiction. Now the author of ten novels, three of which have been made into films, she reads from her Independent Publisher Book Award-winning short sto...

Randall Freisinger

Randall Freisinger is the author of five collections of poetry, including his 2019 book Windthrow and Salvage. He reads from early work included in his ...

Laura Kasischke

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet Laura Kasischke muses on topics ranging from motherhood to beauty queens, as she reads from several of her books now published under one cover by Copper Canyon, the 2017 book, ...

Xánath Caraza

The second part of our interview with poet Xánath Caraza features her two books that won second place in the 2019 International Latino Book Awards: her short story collection, ...

Mia Leonin and Gustavo Adolfo Aybar

In this public reading at The Writer's Place in Kansas City, poets Mia Leonin and Gustavo Adolfo Aybar celebrate Hispanic island cultures. Aybar, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a Cave Canem Fellow who shares poems from his 2017 debut colle...

Sergio Troncoso

Sergio Troncoso, whose recent essay appears in the 2019, Vol. 85 No. 4 issue of New Letters magazine, talks about his...

Xánath Caraza

Poet Xánath Caraza is a two-time International Latino Book Award-winner in 2018. In part one of this interview on stage at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, she describes her approach to her creative writing, which often beg...

Jo McDougall

Named the Poet Laureate of Arkansas in 2018, Jo McDougall discusses her two recent books of poetry—The Undiscovered Room and ...

Kansas Poets Laureate

The second half of this reading by former Kansas Poets Laureate begins with Wyatt Townley (2013-15), who introduces the Kansas Poet Laureate she followed, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (2009-13). Cary...

Kansas Poets Laureate

In part one of this program, former Kansas Poets Laureate, Kevin Rabas, Eric McHenry, and...

Dana Gioia

In his book, Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture, poet and critic Dana Gioia ponders ...

Alicia Ostriker

Once called "America's most fiercely honest poet" by Progressive magazine, Alicia Ostriker, the New York State Poet (2018-2020), is also a feminist, critic and scholar. Winner of the William Carlos Williams award and a two-time final...

Alberto Ríos

Alberto Ríos, named Arizona Poet Laureate in 2013, grew up in a mixed family on the Arizona-Mexico border. He discusses his experiences living between languages and cultures in his memoir...

Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly, appointed Poet Laureate of Mississippi in 2016, has written six books of poetry and prose. Born in New Jersey and raised in Illinois, she talks about her relocation to Mississippi and the effect the move has had on her life and ...

José Faus

Poet and muralist José Faus was born in Bogota, Colombia but grew up in Kansas, just across the Missouri border. In this interview in front of an audience as the 2019 recipient of UMKC's "Defying the Odds" Alumni Award, he talks about his c...

Rupert Thomson

English writer Rupert Thomson discusses his eleventh novel, Never Anyone But You, th...

Amina Gautier

Multi-award winning short story writer, Amina Gautier, shares excerpts from her 2018 PEN/Malamud Award-winning collection, The Loss of All Lost Things, as pa...

George Saunders

George Saunders, the renowned short story writer, talks about his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of Britain'...

Russell Banks

Acclaimed novelist, retired Princeton professor and mountain climber, Russell Banks discusses his recent memoir, Voyager:Travel Writings...

Edward Hirsch

In the second part of this conversation, poet and "MacArthur genius" Edward Hirsch discusses how the sudden death of his son inspired his 2014 book ...

Naomi Shihab Nye

Arab-American writer Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis and is now a long-time resident of Texas with her husband, photographer Michael Nye. She discusses how her late father has impacte...

Joaquín Zihuatanejo

Texas-born Joaquín Zihuatanejo is the only poet so far to win both the American Individual World Poetry Slam and the European World Cup of Poetry Slam. Hear his prize-winning ...

Justin Martin

Justin Martin is the author of several biographies, but his fifth book, Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians, is his first literary an...

Tim O'Brien

Vietnam veteran and National Book Award-winning fiction writer Tim O'Brien discusses his experiences and reads from his now classic short story collection,...

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