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Theodore Weiss

Weiss and his wife, Renee, edited the QUARTERLY REVIEW OF LITERATURE for many y...

William Kennedy

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of IRONWEED reads from his fourth book, QUINN'S STORY, which focuses on his home...

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson, the author of the highly-praised novel, Housekeeping, which was turned into an equally acclaimed movie, reads fr...

Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman, one of the few women to rise to prominence among the Beats, reads poems and talks about co-founding the Jack Ker...

Richard Howard

Howard is one of the best-known translators of French to English. He won the American Book Award for h...

Charles Baxter

All Things Considered book reviewer, Alan Cheuse says, "Charles Baxter's stories are some of the finest being written in America today." In this program, Baxter ...

Carolyn Forché

Forché reads from her book-length poem THE ANGEL OF HISTORY, which is told in several voices. She t...

Ken Kesey

The author of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST and SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION talks about his struggle to produce a great novel...

Nikolai Tolstoy

A descendant of Leo, Nikolai Tolstoy is a historian turned novelist. He reads from ...

Lloyd Van Brunt

The founding poetry editor of the Pushcart Prize and the former book review editor of THE SATURDAY REVIEW, Van Brunt talks about...

Roy Blount, Jr.

Considered to be one of the funniest writers in America, Blount reads from his book of comic essays NOW, WHERE WERE WE?, ...

Willis Barnstone

Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for the Humanities, Willis Barnstone is the author of dozens of books, including memoir and poetry. In this program, Barnstone, who is also a prominent tr...

Madeline DeFrees

A former Roman Catholic nun, Madeline DeFrees has written a series of "Holy Sonnets" that have been compared to the work ...

Speer Morgan

Speer Morgan is the editor of The Missouri Review and a novelist. Here he talks about researching and writing historical fiction and reads fr...

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Acclaimed Southern poet Ellen Bryant Voigt reads from The Lotus Flowers...

Dave Smith

Considered a Romantic poet, Dave Smith sees the writing of poetry as a redemptive act and says, "It literal...

Maxine Kumin

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Maxine Kumin, talks about the challenges she faced as a woman writer in the 1950's and how she was able to turn her gender into an asset in the literary world. She reads from...

Allen Ginsberg

The best-known Beat poet Allen Ginsberg talks about the Beat movement, his battle against censorship, and hi...

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni has written more than 17 books and has been called "the black princess" of poetry. Here she gives a dire...

Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) is a poet, playwright, and essayist, whose 1960s play, Dutchman, became a standard for students of revolutionary theatre. Baraka reads poems from...

Gwendolyn Brooks

In the second half of this 1988 interview, Gwendolyn Brooks shares more of her award-winning poetry and talks about her motto, "Poetry is life distilled," as wells as gives her secrets to a long life. The first...

Jo McDougall

Even though she didn’t begin to write in earnest until her children were grown, Jo McDougall admits that she always felt “a terrible need to write.” A native of the Arkansas delta , she writes poetry that often incorporates the f...

Richard Ford

Richard Ford reads from The Sportswriter, which has been called, "A beautiful book,...

Philip Levine

In this program, Philip Levine, a National Book Award winner in poetry for his book Ashes, reads from his Selected Poems. Lev...

Arthur Sze

Arthur Sze is a second-generation Chinese-American poet. In this program, he reads from ...

Al Young

Poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer Al Young reads the story "Green Onions, Booker T. and the MGs, 1962" from his book Kinds of Blue and talks about the influence of jazz on his writing. A program with Al Young from...

Kansas City Literary Events

Leif Enger

Monday, October 15, 2018
Kansas City, Mo.

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Winners Announced: New Letters Literary Awards

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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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.