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Listed as a 2012 Best Book of the Year in
various newspapers and magazines,
Canada depicts an unusual tale of
transgressions set against the backdrop of North
Dakota, Montana, and Saskatchewan. The 1996
winner of both the Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner
Awards, Richard Ford talks with fellow writer
Whitney Terrell in front of an audience at the
Kansas City Public Library as part of the
Writers at Work series. Ford shares stories
about his creative process, and why he pursues
certain stories and takes his time with the
telling of them.
Christina Anderson is an up-and-coming
playwright who grew up in Kansas City, Kansas.
She talks about her unusual journey first to
Brown University and then to Yale to study
theatre. She discusses the importance of
transformation in her plays, from the first
creative spark to the final curtain call, and
hopes that her work will inspire change in the
real world by testing audiences about their
feelings on settings and situations not often
examined. She reads from her play, Good
Goods, published in 2012 in
The Methuen Drama Book of Post-Black Plays,
and discusses Blacktop Sky,
which is part of the National New Play Network.
This month's Save America's Treasures Archive
What better poet to hear around Memorial Day
than the late John Ciardi, who was a fighter
pilot in World War II. The author of more than
35 books, Ciardi was also the long-time poetry
editor of The Saturday Review and host
of National Public Radio's "A Word in
Your Ear." this show features excerpts from a
1983 reading in which Ciardi shares both poems
about war and poems for children, and a 1984
New Letters on the Air interview about his
The Birds of Pompeii.
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NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR:
New Letters on the Air,
Angela Elam, is the
half-hour radio companion to the
literary quarterly magazine
New Letters. Past
guests include U.S. Poet
Laureates Ted Kooser, Rita Dove,
Billy Collins; Pulitzer Prize
winning playwrights August
Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, Tony
Kushner and novelists Jim
Harrison, Jane Smiley, Richard
Russo. The program, which also
features emerging writers of
poetry, fiction, drama and
creative non-fiction, is
produced by the University of
Missouri-Kansas City and
distributed via the
Public Radio Satellite System's
Content Depot, and the
Public Radio Exchange.
Angela Elam, Host of New Letters on the Air
MEET THE STAFF OF NEW LETTERS ON
New Letters on the Airproduction team includes producer/host Angela Elam, assistant producer
Jess Williams, technical editor Stephanie Hughes, and our intern
Christian Liljequist. Robert Stewart is the executive editor.
THE STORY OF NEW LETTERS ON
This radio companion to the
New Letters, was
founded in 1977, by
Judy Ray with help from
their staff, including
Robert Stewart, now the
editor of the magazine.
Rebekah Presson Mosby worked
as a producer and then host from
1982 until 1995. Now,
producer/host Angela Elam
continues the tradition.
New Letters on the Air
is a weekly program broadcast
over many public radio stations,
and is also one of the largest
and best collections of
recordings of contemporary
authors from the United States
and around the world.
Many of these important writers,
including Allen Ginsberg, Jane
Kenyon, Howard Nemerov, Michael
Dorris, James Dickey, John
Gardner, and Gwendolyn Brooks,
have now passed from the
literary scene. Many are Nobel
laureates, winners of Pulitzer
Prizes or National Book Awards.
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