Robert Stewart

Poetry, Editing, Literary Nonfiction, Literary-Event Production Advice, plus

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  —Gaston Bachelard

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Robert StewartROBERT STEWART has won a National Magazine Award for editing, from the American Society of Magazine Editors.  He is editor of New Letters magazine, New Letters on the Air, a nationally syndicated literary radio program, and BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also teaches writing, magazine nonfiction writing, and magazine editing.  His books include The Narrow Gate: Writing, Art, & Values (essays from Serving House Books, 2014), Outside Language: Essays (Helicon Nine Editions, a finalist in the PEN Center USA Literary Awards for 2004; and winner of the 2004 Thorpe Menn Award), Plumbers (poems, BkMk Press), and others.  His essays on travel and language have appeared in The North American Review, Borderline and elsewhere; magazine feature articles have appeared in Ingram’s, The Kansas City Star, The New Art Examiner, E: The Environmental Magazine and other places.  Poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Miramar, Stand, Notre Dame Review, Literary Review and other magazines. Anthology editorships include Spud Songs: An Anthology of Potato Poems (benefit for hunger relief), Voices From the Interior: Missouri Poets, and Decade: Modern American Poets.

 An Interview with Robert Stewart, conducted by Joyce J. Townsend

A Discussion of Poetics and the Working Life: Interview conducted by Walter Bargen.

Selected bibliography of works

Literary Editing & Publishing, a discussion

Guide to Producing and Promoting Literary Events

Guide for Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Course: Magazine Editing, English 5501

Summer Writing Workshops

Course: Magazine Nonfiction Writing

Course: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry 

New Letters Magazine
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo.  64110
(816) 235-1168

New Letters on the Air episodes
• Brian Turner
• Kay Ryan
• The Elegy
• Kim Addonizio
• Dorianne Laux
• Jack Gilbert
• Billy Collins


Recommended Reading: 

John Gardner, “Common Errors.”

Louise Glück, “Against Sincerity.”

Louise Glück, The Forbidden.”

Sven Birkerts, “Editing Gauntlet.”

Kathleen Norris, Degenerates.”


Interview with Robert Stewart, editor of New Letters (conducted by Jendi Reiter for Poetry Contest Insider).

Kansas City Literary Events

Joy Castro

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Columbia, Mo.


Kevin Rabas (left) named Kansas Poet Laureate . . .


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

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