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Allen Ginsberg

The best-known Beat poet Allen Ginsberg talks about the Beat movement, his battle against censorship, and hi...

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni has written more than 17 books and has been called "the black princess" of poetry. Here she gives a dire...

Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) is a poet, playwright, and essayist, whose 1960s play, Dutchman, became a standard for students of revolutionary theatre. Baraka reads poems from...

Gwendolyn Brooks

In the second half of this 1988 interview, Gwendolyn Brooks shares more of her award-winning poetry and talks about her motto, "Poetry is life distilled," as wells as gives her secrets to a long life. The first...

Jo McDougall

Even though she didn’t begin to write in earnest until her children were grown, Jo McDougall admits that she always felt “a terrible need to write.” A native of the Arkansas delta , she writes poetry that often incorporates the f...

Richard Ford

Richard Ford reads from The Sportswriter, which has been called, "A beautiful book,...

Philip Levine

In this program, Philip Levine, a National Book Award winner in poetry for his book Ashes, reads from his Selected Poems. Lev...

Arthur Sze

Arthur Sze is a second-generation Chinese-American poet. In this program, he reads from ...

Al Young

Poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer Al Young reads the story "Green Onions, Booker T. and the MGs, 1962" from his book Kinds of Blue and talks about the influence of jazz on his writing. A program with Al Young from...

John Ashbery

John Ashbery, one of America's most acclaimed poets, reads from his ...

Miller Williams

Miller Williams, the winner of the 1990 Poets' Prize, is a noted poet, editor, and translator. He published his first collection, Et Cetera, while getting his bachelor's degree in biology from Arkansas State University. He went ...

Angela Jackson

Chicago poet Angela Jackson reads from her collections Voodoo/Love Magic and Solo in the Boxcar Third Floor E in this program recorded as part of ...

John Edgar Wideman

While at the 1985 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, John Edgar Wideman read from his then unpublished novel Ruebe...

Janet Burroway

Now the author of seven novels, and numerous collections of essays as well as literary text books, this 1985 program features the Florida writer, Janet Burroway, reading ...

Carolyn Kizer

A feminist poet before it was fashionable, Carolyn Kizer shares some of her longer poetry at the 1985 Associated Writing Program Conference in San Diego. This program includes Kizer reading from her Pulitzer Prize-winning ...

Julia Older

Julia Older reads poems from Hermaphroditus in America and ...

William Stafford

Winner of the National Book Award, William Stafford is the author of many books of poetry, including ...

Janet Burroway

Florida poet and fiction writer Janet Burroway reads from "Winn Dixie," printed in New Letters magazine (...

Gwendolyn Brooks

While at a live reading at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, shares some of her favorite poems, including "We Real Cool." Parts ...

Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart, then managing editor of New Letters magazine, reads poems from his chapbooks Taking Leave and Rescue Mission along with poems included in the 1988 book...

Mbembe Memorial

This memorial program features the late Kansas City poet Mbembe (Milton Smith) reading "jazz poems" as well as Mbembe's brother speaking in tribute. Find a collection of his selected poems from BkMk Press...

William Packard

William Packard, a poet, playwright, novelist, and founding editor of New York Quarterly, has published numerous books, including The A...

Muriel Rukeyser

Known as a poet of social protest, Muriel Rukeyser's first collection of poetry, Theory of Flight, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Compet...

Melvin B. Tolson

Robert M. Farnsworth discusses the influence of the writer and educator Melvin B. Tolson, who had his roots in the Harlem Renaissance. Farnsworth also talks about editing the posthumous publication of Tolson's...

Carolyn Kizer

In this public reading, furnished by The Watershed Foundation of Washington D.C., Carolyn Kizer reads selections from three of her poetry collections, ...

James Tate

Highly acclaimed for his work, James Tate won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for The Lost Pilot in 1966...

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Winners Announced: New Letters Literary Awards

New Letters is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Prize for Nonfiction, the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction, and the $1,500 Prize for Poetry. See the winners, judges, and finalists here.

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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.