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Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born in New Mexico, but later moved to El Paso, Texas, where he was a priest for a few years before leaving the order. He went on to earn a Masters degree in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso....

Midwest Poets Series: Missouri Poets

For the past 34 years, Rockhurst University has brought poets from around the country to do readings for the Kansas City public as part of the Midwest Poets Series. During this time, the series has hosted many different poets, including a few who ...

Robin Robertson

Scottish poet, translator and editor Robin Robertson, a three-time winner of Britain's prestigious Forward Poetry Prize, talks with New Letters magazine editor Robert Stewart, while in Kansas City for Rockhurst University's 2015 Midwest P...

Dennis Finnell

Winner of the 2012 Bellday Prize for his fourth book of poetry, Pie 8, Dennis Finnell discusses his unique approach to composing this ...

Thomas E. Kennedy

The essay "I Am Joe's Prostate," by Thomas E. Kennedy garnered New Letters the National Magazine Award in the category of the essay in 2008. In this interview, Thomas E. Kenned...

Willis and Aliki Barnstone

Father/daughter poets Willis Barnstone and Aliki Barnstone, regular contributors to New Letters magazine, talk about how they influence each other's work. Aliki, who was named the Missouri Poet Laureate in June 2016, had her first book pu...

Dunya Mikhail

Poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, a Kresge Fellow and winner of the Arab American Book Award, reads poetry from her three books: The War Works Hard,...

John Berendt

Best-selling writer John Berendt discusses his 1994 creative nonfiction book Midnight in the Garden ...

Arthur Phillips

From his first novel, Prague, which became an acclaimed best-seller in 2002, to his fifth novel, ...

Geoffrey Brock and Padma Viswanathan

In the first half of this conversation with novelist Padma Viswanathan (shown) and poet Geoffrey Brock, the husband and wife writing duo share how they balance their writing careers and family life. Brock reads one of his wife’s favorite poe...

Jonathan Stalling

Born in Arkansas to artistic "back to the land" parents who were interested in Zen Buddhism, Jonathan Stalling began to seriously study the Chinese language at age 13. Now, he is a translator of Chinese poets such as Shi Zhi and the Editor-in-Chie...

Lisa See

The author of several best-selling books, Lisa See returns to New Letters on the Air to discuss her novel,...

C.D. Wright: Past American Voice

We remember Arkansas native and former Rhode Island Poet Laureate C.D. Wright, who died suddenly in January 2016 at the height of her writing career. The MacArthur Fellow and National Book Critics Circle Award winner authored 17 books with tw...

Judson Mitcham

Georgia State Poet Laureate Judson Mitcham talks about his psychology background and how his poetry career began with trying to write songs. He shares stories about some of the influential poets he's met along the way, including the late Richard H...

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Kansas Poet Laureate, 2009-2013, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the author of multiple books of poetry and prose. Themes of openness resonate throughout her work, whether she's relating the tumultuous history of her laureateship in...

Jayne Anne Phillips

As part of the Writers at Work series at the Kansas City Public Library, Jayne Anne Phillips reads from her fifth novel, Quiet Dell...

Kai Wright

Kai Wright, named the 2016 Features Editor of The Nation, discusses his 2009 anthology,...

The Symphony Poets

The Symphony is a group of African-American poets originally comprised of Reginald Dwayne Betts (shown),...

Ben Lerner

One of two creative writers chosen as a 2105 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Ben Lerner talks about his first two books of poetry, ...

Ellen Bryant Voigt

A 2015 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Ellen Bryant Voigt talks with fellow poet and professor, Michelle Boisseau, about her eighth book, ...

Dean Young

With the December 2015 release of Shock By Shock, Dean Young's first book of all new poems since his 2011 ...

In the Beginning

New Letters on the Air explores the spark that ignites writers' imaginations. Pulitzer Prize winners Tony Kushner (shown), Jane Smiley,...

Thomas Fox Averill

A longtime resident of Kansas and professor at Washburn University, Thomas Fox Averill lets his numerous interests and passion for research guide his writing of "flyover fiction." His 2001 novel...

Philip Lee Williams

The author of 19 books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, Philip Lee Williams’ honors include the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers Association. In this interview at WUGA in Athens, Georgia, he talks about some of hi...

Greg Field and Denise Low

Drawing upon his Native American heritage, poet Greg Field (shown) reads from his 2014 book of poetry, Black Heart, and reveals the insp...

Linda Rodriguez

Linda Rodriguez is a self-proclaimed "feminist, activist, and unashamed liberal," who has now given those attributes to Skeet Bannion, the Native American heroine of her mystery novels. Rodriguez, who is also a poet and part Cherokee, talks about ...

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