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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...

John Ashbery

John Ashbery, one of America's most acclaimed poets, reads from his ...

Miller Williams

Miller Williams, the winner of the 1990 Poets' Prize, is a noted poet, editor, and translator. He published his first collection, Et Cetera, while getting his bachelor's degree in biology from Arkansas State University. He went ...

Angela Jackson

Chicago poet Angela Jackson reads from her collections Voodoo/Love Magic and Solo in the Boxcar Third Floor E in this program recorded as part of ...

John Edgar Wideman

While at the 1985 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, John Edgar Wideman read from his then unpublished novel Ruebe...

Janet Burroway

Now the author of seven novels, and numerous collections of essays as well as literary text books, this 1985 program features the Florida writer, Janet Burroway, reading ...

Carolyn Kizer

A feminist poet before it was fashionable, Carolyn Kizer shares some of her longer poetry at the 1985 Associated Writing Program Conference in San Diego. This program includes Kizer reading from her Pulitzer Prize-winning ...

Julia Older

Julia Older reads poems from Hermaphroditus in America and ...

William Stafford

Winner of the National Book Award, William Stafford is the author of many books of poetry, including ...

Janet Burroway

Florida poet and fiction writer Janet Burroway reads from "Winn Dixie," printed in New Letters magazine (...

Gwendolyn Brooks

While at a live reading at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, shares some of her favorite poems, including "We Real Cool." Parts ...

Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart, then managing editor of New Letters magazine, reads poems from his chapbooks Taking Leave and Rescue Mission along with poems included in the 1988 book...

Mbembe Memorial

This memorial program features the late Kansas City poet Mbembe (Milton Smith) reading "jazz poems" as well as Mbembe's brother speaking in tribute. Find a collection of his selected poems from BkMk Press...

William Packard

William Packard, a poet, playwright, novelist, and founding editor of New York Quarterly, has published numerous books, including The A...

Muriel Rukeyser

Known as a poet of social protest, Muriel Rukeyser's first collection of poetry, Theory of Flight, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Compet...

Melvin B. Tolson

Robert M. Farnsworth discusses the influence of the writer and educator Melvin B. Tolson, who had his roots in the Harlem Renaissance. Farnsworth also talks about editing the posthumous publication of Tolson's...

Carolyn Kizer

In this public reading, furnished by The Watershed Foundation of Washington D.C., Carolyn Kizer reads selections from three of her poetry collections, ...

James Tate

Highly acclaimed for his work, James Tate won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for The Lost Pilot in 1966...

James McKinley

Former editor of New Letters magazine, James McKinley discusses his nonfiction work Assassination in American, for which he int...

Dave Smith

The poet, writer, critic, editor, and educator Dave Smith reads a selection of his po...

Philip Levine

This program features National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Philip Levine reading from his Selected Poems at public reading performances in W...

Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Malamud Award has written both fiction as well as drama. In this program ...

Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin reads poems from Up Country, for which she won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, and from ...

Sonia Sanchez

This program was recorded inside Attica Prison in New York, where the poet and activist Sonia Sanchez was invited as a guest poe...

Angela Jackson

Chicago poet Angela Jackson received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Creative Writing. In this program, she...

Dennis Finnell

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, poet Dennis Finnell, reads from his debut collection, Red Cottage, winner of the Juniper Prize from the University ...

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Friday, October 19, 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.