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Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for her collection Native Guard,...

Woven Voices: Gloria Vando & Anika Paris

Award winning Poet Gloria Vando—daughter of poet, playwright, and actress Anita Velez-Mitchell and mother to poet and musician Anika Paris—grew up both a part of and apart from the two worlds of New York and Puerto Rico. The trio publi...

Jamaica Kincaid

Known for her 1985 novel Annie John, and her early “Talk of the Town” pieces for the The New Yorker, Caribbean-American writer Jamaica ...

Adrienne Rich: Save America's Treasures Selection

This month's Save America's Treasures recording, chosen to kick off Women's History Month, features the late, great poet Adrienne Rich, who died in 2012. Known for her perfectly crafted, award winning poems, s...

Stephanie Powell Watts

North Carolina native and former Jehovah's Witness minister, Stephanie Powell Watts, reads from her first published book, We are Taking Only What We Need, a colle...

Etheridge Knight: Save America's Treasures Selection

The late Etheridge Knight began writing poetry in the 1960s, when he was imprisoned for armed robbery, where he discovered that “art is ultimately about freed...

Evan S. Connell, Jr.: Save America's Treasures Selection

In memory of acclaimed author Evan S. Connell, Jr., who passed away on January 10, 2013, we bring you this 1991 interview by former New Letters on the Air host, Rebekah Presson. The author of 19 works, Connell is best known for his charac...

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...

Kansas City Literary Events

Naomi Shihab Nye at the National Storytelling Conference

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Kansas City, Mo.

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Tracy K. Smith has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate!

Hear poetry from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Life on Mars, on the New Letters on the Air half-hour show or a short excerpt on KCUR before she was in Kansas City last year. Find out more about our new ambassador for poetry from NPR.

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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.