Robert Stewart

Poetry, Editing, Literary Nonfiction, Audio, Readings, plus

"To speak well is part of living well."
  —Gaston Bachelard

New for 2018, Working Class, poems from Stephen F. Austin State Univesity Press.  Click the cover to order.

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Robert StewartROBERT STEWART has won a National Magazine Award for editing, from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the magazine industry's highest honor.  He served as an editor for New Letters magazine for 44 years, until March 2020, the last 18 years as editor in chief.  He directed New Letters on the Air, a nationally syndicated literary radio program, and BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also taught poetry writing, magazine nonfiction writing, and magazine editing.  His books include Working Class: poems (Stephen Austin University Press, 2018), 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, revised 2nd edition 2017), 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, Image Journal, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, I-70 Review, 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.

Order your copy of The Narrow Gate.

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

Audio interview with Robert Stewart, by Angela Elam, his poems, 29 mins, April 2018.

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

Selected bibliography of works

Literary Editing & Publishing, a discussion

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

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

Course Policies 5549A & 449A, fall 2019 

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New Letters on the Air (audio) episodes

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• 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.”

William Zinsser: "Simplicity" & "Clutter"



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Friday, August 21, 2020
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