About New Letters On the Air


The mission of New Letters on the Air, New Letters magazine, and their affiliate book publisher, BkMk Press, is to discover, publish and promote the best and most exciting literary writing, wherever it might be found.  We serve readers and writers worldwide, through award-winning broadcasts and other audio systems, print and digital formats.  In recent years, New Letters magazine has won a National Magazine Award, the industry's highest honor, plus multiple Pushcart Prizes, and is reprinted often in Best of anthologies.

Editor-in-Chief, Robert StewartNew Letters, BkMk Press, New Letters on the Air

Administrative Associate, Katie Taylor

Editorial Assistant, New Letters, Ashley Wann

Managing Editor, BkMk Press, Ben Furnish

Editorial Assistant, BkMk Press, Cynthia Beard

Producer & Host, New Letters on the Air, Angela Elam

Asst. Producer, New Letters on the Air, Jamie Walsh

Past Editors: Clarence Decker, Alexander Cappon, David Ray, James McKinley


In 1977, David Ray and his wife, Judy, began the audio literature program New Letters on the Air, a half-hour radio program featuring writers reading from and talking about their work.  For many years, Rebekah Presson produced and hosted each show, a task taken in 1996 by Angela Elam.  The program now stands as the longest continuously-running broadcast of a national literary radio series, with more than 1,200 programs by many of the world’s most prominent writers.  The radio program widens the scope of the magazine to promote great literature both on the page and on the air.

Kansas City Literary Events

Open MIC Night + Jim Crabtree Exhibit

Friday, March 24, 2017
Kansas City, Mo.


Women's History Month at the Kansas City Public Library Explores Modern Day Gorgons with Poet Michelle Boisseau for New Letters on the Air

Michelle Boisseau will talk about her fifth poetry collection, Among the Gorgons with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam in a live event (more) on Thursday, March 23, 2017. RSVP


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.