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William Trowbridge

Missouri Poet Laureate (2012-2016), William Trowbridge is the third person appointed since the creation of the position in 2007. In this reading at Rockhurst University's 2014 Mi...

Dave Smith

This conversation with Dave Smith, the author of more than 20 books of poetry, essays, memoir and fiction, is the second half of this interview recorded as part of the Midwest Poets Series. He talks about the importance of elegiac poetry and the i...

Bianca Stone

Poet and visual artist Bianca Stone talks about her various projects, from her first full length book Someone Else's Wedding Vows to her 2016...

Diane Williams

Coming of age in the 1960s, Diane Williams struggled to be taken seriously as a writer and editor in the male dominated era. Now, a three time winner of the Pushcart Prize of Fiction, she is the author of numerous books, and the editor of the accl...

Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch is a poet and "MacArthur genius" who heads up the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation and was most recently the editor of ...

Jo McDougall

Jo McDougall discusses her two recent books of poetry—The Undiscovered Room and ...

Juan Felipe Herrera

In front of an audience at the Kansas City Public Library, Juan Felipe Herrera, our first Chicano U.S. Poet Laur...

The Cruelest Month

"April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land..." The famous words of poet T.S. Eliot prompted us to mix this anthology of American poets, who examine the mysteries of love in various forms. Listen to former Poets La...

Sinéad Morrissey

When Sinéad Morrissey won the 2013 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize for her fifth book, Parallax, that spurred U.S. publisher Farrar, Strauss...

Sinéad Morrissey

The first Poet Laureate of Belfast (2013-14), Sinéad Morrissey discusses her formative childhood during "the troubles" in Ireland and some influences for her poetry from gypsy relatives to her travels in China. In the first half o...

Phyllis Becker

A great promoter of poetry in Kansas City, Phyllis Becker served on the board of The Writers Place and is coordinator of the Riverfront Reading Series. Her own publications include the 200...

August Wilson: Past American Voice

We remember the late August Wilson in this 2002 interview with the playwright who chronicled African-American life in the 20th century in plays such as...

Dan Jaffe

Poet Dan Jaffe, the guest co-editor of a recent issue of New Letters magazine that focuses on jazz, has always combined his poetry and his love of music in performances with modern ...

Anne-Marie Fyfe

Irish poet and former Chair of the Poetry Society in England, Anne-Marie Fyfe explores parallels in her poetry with the life and work of the renowned William Butler Yeats as part of the "Mapping Yeats Symposium" at the 2015 Kansas City Irish Festi...

Alice Friman

Alice Friman, the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year for her book, ...

Back to the Writing Well

We go "Back to the Writing Well" to hear from writers of place, including the late Pat Conroy. Famous for his novels about the south, with several made into movies such as ...

The Loudest Voice: Grace Paley

A holiday favorite, this highly anthologized short story is read by the late author Grace Paley. "The Loudest Voice" is an amusing tale about a little Jewish girl, chosen to play the lead in her ...

Native American Poets Visit the Middle East

This audio anthology features readings by six poets, including a few who are part of the upcoming book co-edited by Cherokee writers Diane Glancy and Linda Rodriguez called The Wor...

Geraldine Brooks

Pulitzer Prize winning fiction writer, Geraldine Brooks talks about the 2015 book,...

Anna Deavere Smith

An Obie Award-winning playwright, MacArthur fellow, and 2015 NEH Jefferson Lecturer for Intellectual Ideas,...

The Writing Well

We go to the writing well to fill our creative spirits with advice from several fiction writers, including Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley,who reveals her "...

Gary Ferguson

Nature writer and activist Gary Ferguson is the author of nearly two dozen books, including the award-winning...

Adam Zagajewski

Adam Zagajewski, the 2016 recipient of the Griffin Lifetime Achievement Prize for Excellence in Poetry, was born in Lwow, Poland, but when he was four months old, his family was expelled by Ukrainians to Silesia, which at the time was part of...

Claudia Rankine

A 2016 MacArthur Genius Fellow and author of Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine discusses the motivation for writing this multi-award-winni...

Rigoberto González

In 2015, Rigoberto González received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. This public reading at the University of Missouri-Kansas City gives insight into his life as he reads vignettes and poems f...

Sandra Cisneros

The recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Arts Award from President Obama, Latina author Sandra Cisneros discusses her groundbreaking 1984 de...

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New Letters Summer 2018 Poetry Series

Follow our new series of poems about children, each day or two through July. Begin reading here. 

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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.