By Subcription: Writing by John Balaban, Kelly Cherry, Steve Paul, Michael Pritchett and other writers and artist. 


Jeannette Walls discusses her memoir The Glass Castle, and her "true-life novel" based on her late grandmother called Half Broke Horses.


Powerful reflections of American wars in Vietnam and elsewhere coincide with the peace of the Kansas prairie in this debut collection by an M.D. and veteran battalion surgeon.


Winners, finalists, and judges for the 2016 New Letters Literary Awards: Click arrow below for details.  

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Kansas City Literary Events

Lauren Hunter & Erica Lewis

Kansas City, Mo.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Claudia Rankine

Lawrence, Kan.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jen Harris & Sharon Eiker

Kansas City, Mo.
Friday, September 8, 2017


Tracy K. Smith has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate!

Hear poetry from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Life on Mars, on the New Letters on the Air half-hour show or a short excerpt on KCUR before she was in Kansas City last year. Find out more about our new ambassador for poetry from NPR.

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


Dave Smith Collection

Special Pricing: This collection includes New Letters (Vol. 80, No. 1), two CDs with New Letters on the Air programs from 19811988, and part one and two of a 2014 interview, all featuring the work of Dave Smith. Downloads of these programs have also been reduced in our audio archives.