New Letters
On The Air

Walter Bargen

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20080516

In 2008, Missouri’s governor appointed Walter Bargen as the state’s first poet laureate. In this interview before an audience at the Kansas City Public Library, Bargen talks about the development of his poetry in his dozen books, from the early surreal imagery to the more narrative style of his award-winning collection, The Feast: Prose Poem Sequences. He also reads from his most recent books, Remedies for Vertigo and West of West.

| Subject Matter: Surreal Imagery, Narrative Style, Missouri | Interview Year: 2008 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Missouri Poet Laureate |

See All audio

    Michael Nava

    As an attorney for the California Supreme Court, Michael Nava moonlighted as a novelist, authoring seven novels in the Henry Rios mystery series, six of which won the Lambda Literary Awards for Gay Men's Mystery books. (Now retired, he's reimagine...

    Judith Ortiz Cofer: Past American Voice

    The work of the late Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-2016) often reflected her Puerto Rican heritage and her childhood in New Jersey. A li...

Kansas City Literary Events

Craig Johnson

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Kansas City, Mo.

News

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.

Shop

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.