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Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone, son of poet, translator, and scholar Willis Barnstone and visual artist Elli Barnstone, was surrounded by great works of art, literature, and philosophy as a child, and like his sister, Aliki, followed in his father’s footste...

Jim Shepard

Acclaimed fiction writer Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and several short story collections, including ...

Robert Bly

Robert Bly, the preeminent poet, translator, and cultural commentator, reads from his 2011 poetry collection, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey,...

Joy Harjo: Save America's Treasures Selection

In this Save America's Treasures recording we revisit a 1991 interview by former New Letters on the Air host, Rebekah Presson, who talks with well known Native American poet, Joy Harjo.  Harjo reads from her book ...

Trish Reeves

Midwestern poet Trish Reeves discusses her latest work in New Letters magazine, which includes a series of poems accompanied by images of glass negatives and photos, depicting life around her great-grandfather, ...

Sherwin Bitsui

Winner of the 2010 American Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, poet Sherwin Bitsui reads from his collection, Flo...

David Sedaris: Save America's Treasures Selection

Listen to the writer made famous on public radio with the airing of his “Santaland Diaries.”  In this 1997 interview, David Sedaris talks about his literary and familial influences and reads from his early bestselling memoir ...

Carlos Fuentes: Save America's Treasures Selection

In this 1994 interview by former New Letters on the Air host, Rebekah Presson, the late Carlos Fuentes talks about his collection of five novellas, ...

Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea is perhaps best-known for his nonfiction.  His memoir, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life, won the 1999 American Book Award and his book ...

Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Poet Jeanne Marie Beaumont talks about how her work pays tribute to some of her poetic foremothers and her passion for collecting. Her three collections of poetry include ...

Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller calls himself an “obsessive reviser” who tries editors’ patience; ironic given that he edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where he also directs the Creative Writi...

Sapphire

Born Ramon Lofton, the poet and fiction writer took the name “Sapphire” because of its folkloric associations with beautiful, sexually empowered African-American women in literature, but also to challenge perceptions of the sassy arche...

Ada Limon

Poet Ada Limon’s world changed when she won two book prizes in 2005: the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize for a collection that became her 2006 book, ...

Mariko Nagai

Japanese poet and fiction writer Mariko Nagai has lived all over the globe, from Brussels, Belgium, to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and her work includes characters equally diverse. Her 2007 book of poetry, ...

Jaimy Gordon

Fiction writer Jaimy Gordon worked on her novel, Lord of Misrule, set on a West Virginia horse racetrack, for over a decade before it was published in Novemb...

William Trowbridge

The author of three chapbooks and five poetry collections, including The Complete Book of Kong, Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge is unafraid o...

US Poets Laureate Life Distilled

The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress is one of the most distinguished appointments for an American poet. From the first consultant in 1937, the poets h...

Sonia Sanchez

One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement and author of more than 20 books of poetry, prose, and drama, Sonia Sanchez is Philadelphia’s first poet laureate. In ...

Women Writers and Community

In this special anthology, we examine how some women writers create art that encourages community and connections across boundaries. Former Santa Fe Poet Laureate Valerie Martinez talks about her work with the nonprofit community o...

Black Women Writers

As we cross from Black History Month into Women’s History Month, we go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century’s Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former...

Lorraine Lopez

Fiction writer and Vanderbilt University professor Lorraine Lopez was shocked in 2010, when her book of short fiction, ...

Peter Balakian

Peter Balakian, a poet of Armenian descent, discusses his 2010 work, Ziggurat, with former New L...

C. Dale Young

A poet who admits that "90% of his time" is taken up by his day-job, oncologist C. Dale Young talks with New Letters editor, Robert Stewart, about the tradition of the physician-poet.  Also the poetry editor of the New England Re...

Marilynne Robinson

In this interview in front of an audience at the Kansas City Public Library, Marilynne Robinson, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and more recently the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction, discusses her classic 1980 novel, ...

Chang-rae Lee

A finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his fourth novel, The Surrendered, Chang-r...

Richard Russo

Richard Russo, known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls, describes his writing process as "hiking without knowing where your trails a...

Kansas City Literary Events

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Charles Harper Webb will read in Kansas City, Wed., April 5, 2017

Read Webb's poem "The Animals are Leaving" and see event details on our News page. 

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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.