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Maxine Kumin

American master of form, Maxine Kumin, discusses her poetry and its topics as varied as bears in the wilderness to skinny-dipping with William Wordsworth. In this 2001 public reading for the M...

Peggy Shumaker

After recovering from a nearly fatal accident, all Peggy Shumaker wanted to do was read. The poet, and Alaska’s State Writer Laureate, 2010-2012, eventually began ...

James Richardson

The poet James Richardson has called himself an “accidental aphorist,” but his well-crafted works are no accident. He has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. ...

Daniel Woodrell

By the time director Ang Lee adapted the novel Woe to Live On into the 1998 movie ...

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

For Father’s Day, we revisit 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner, Leonard Pitts Jr., who has gained fame from his syndicated column that deals with social issues, race, and family life, that make up his book,...

John Ciardi: Save America's Treasures Selection

This month's Save America's Treasures Archive selection. There's no better poet to hear around Memorial Day than the late John Ciardi (1916-1986), a WWII gunner for the Army Air Force.  The author...

Alex George

After working for years as a corporate lawyer in England, Alex George moved to the states with his family in 2003, and later opened his own law practice in mid-Missouri. The author of four previous novels published in England, George made his Amer...

Ayad Akhtar

Born to Pakistani parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ayad Akhtar grew up in a secular home, but like the protagonist of his 2012 debut novel,...

Yona Harvey and Terrance Hayes

Husband and wife poets, Terrance Hayes and Yona Harvey talk about their work and how they balance their creative lives and family. Hayes reads poems from his 2010 National Book Award-winning collection, ...

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for her collection Native Guard,...

Woven Voices: Gloria Vando & Anika Paris

Award winning Poet Gloria Vando—daughter of poet, playwright, and actress Anita Velez-Mitchell and mother to poet and musician Anika Paris—grew up both a part of and apart from the two worlds of New York and Puerto Rico. The trio publi...

Jamaica Kincaid

Known for her 1985 novel Annie John, and her early “Talk of the Town” pieces for the The New Yorker, Caribbean-American writer Jamaica ...

Adrienne Rich: Save America's Treasures Selection

This month's Save America's Treasures recording, chosen to kick off Women's History Month, features the late, great poet Adrienne Rich, who died in 2012. Known for her perfectly crafted, award winning poems, s...

Stephanie Powell Watts

North Carolina native and former Jehovah's Witness minister, Stephanie Powell Watts, reads from her first published book, We are Taking Only What We Need, a colle...

Etheridge Knight: Save America's Treasures Selection

The late Etheridge Knight began writing poetry in the 1960s, when he was imprisoned for armed robbery, where he discovered that “art is ultimately about freed...

Evan S. Connell, Jr.: Save America's Treasures Selection

In memory of acclaimed author Evan S. Connell, Jr., who passed away on January 10, 2013, we bring you this 1991 interview by former New Letters on the Air host, Rebekah Presson. The author of 19 works, Connell is best known for his charac...

Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone, son of poet, translator, and scholar Willis Barnstone and visual artist Elli Barnstone, was surrounded by great works of art, literature, and philosophy as a child, and like his sister, Aliki, followed in his father’s footste...

Jim Shepard

Acclaimed fiction writer Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and several short story collections, including ...

Robert Bly

Robert Bly, the preeminent poet, translator, and cultural commentator, reads from his 2011 poetry collection, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey,...

Joy Harjo: Save America's Treasures Selection

In this Save America's Treasures recording we revisit a 1991 interview by former New Letters on the Air host, Rebekah Presson, who talks with well known Native American poet, Joy Harjo.  Harjo reads from her book ...

Trish Reeves

Midwestern poet Trish Reeves discusses her latest work in New Letters magazine, which includes a series of poems accompanied by images of glass negatives and photos, depicting life around her great-grandfather, ...

Sherwin Bitsui

Winner of the 2010 American Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, poet Sherwin Bitsui reads from his collection, Flo...

David Sedaris: Save America's Treasures Selection

Listen to the writer made famous on public radio with the airing of his “Santaland Diaries.”  In this 1997 interview, David Sedaris talks about his literary and familial influences and reads from his early bestselling memoir ...

Carlos Fuentes: Save America's Treasures Selection

In this 1994 interview by former New Letters on the Air host, Rebekah Presson, the late Carlos Fuentes talks about his collection of five novellas, ...

Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea is perhaps best-known for his nonfiction.  His memoir, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life, won the 1999 American Book Award and his book ...

Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Poet Jeanne Marie Beaumont talks about how her work pays tribute to some of her poetic foremothers and her passion for collecting. Her three collections of poetry include ...

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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.