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Back to the Writing Well

Our "Classics Series" continues as we go "Back to the Writing Well" to hear from writers of place, including the late Pat Conroy. Famous for his novels about the south, with several made into movies such as ...

The Writing Well

We continue our "Classics Series" by going to the writing well to fill our creative spirits with advice from several fiction writers, including Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley, who revea...

Clarion Collection

We begin our "Classics Series" with our program celebrating our 2013 Clarion Award for Best Radio Talk/Interview Program from the Association for Women in Communications, which features audio excerpts from our award-winning interviews. ...

Favorites

This program features excerpts from shows of the past decade with multi-award winning poet Nikki Giovanni; a new poetry voice for the decade, Marcus Wicker...

Women Writing Women

In this special anthology program novelist Meg Wolitzer (shown) and poet Molly Peacock both discuss the importance of writing about the lives and work of wome...

Molly Peacock

American-Canadian essayist, poet and biographer Molly Peacock gives an in-depth look into her latest work, The Analyst, her 2017 poetry collection that traces her d...

Joy Harjo: Save America's Treasures Selection

To show your support, email telltheprovost@umkc.edu Current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (2019-2021) talks about her N...

Cheers to All the Years

To show your support for our radio program, email telltheprovost@umkc.edu and let UMKC know what New Letters on the Air means to you. As we near what...

Nikky Finney

Poet Nikky Finney discusses how her sense of social justice was informed  by her father, the first African American Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, revealing how growing up in the political household shaped her art. She rea...

Etheridge Knight: Past American Voice

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 freedom." T...

Claudia Rankine

A 2016 MacArthur "Genius" and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Claudia Rankine discusses her fifth poetry book, Citizen: An American Lyric. This multi-award-winning ...

That's It!

This special program features the final issue of new works of poetry, fiction, essays and reviews, edited by Robert Stewart for New Letters:...

Virginia Brackett

Virginia Brackett, the author of 15 books, discusses her 2019 family memoir, In the Company of Patriots. She revea...

Jericho Brown

Guggenheim fellow Jericho Brown describes the joy he finds in writing poetry and how his work helps him examine his world as a gay black man. He talks about some of his poetic mentors—from Emily Dickinson to Alice Walker—and the lesson...

Meg Wolitzer

New York Times Bestselling author Meg Wolitzer reads from her most recent novel, The Female Persuasion, and disc...

Ben Lerner

MacArthur Fellow Ben Lerner discusses his third acclaimed novel, The Topeka School, a finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award. The multi-award win...

Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney, winner of The Sewanee Review's 2020 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, talks about her development as a poet and her early literary influences--from Nikki Giovanni to the Affrilachian poets, and reads from her 19...

Ada Limón

In this 2020 reading at Rockhurst University for the Midwest Poets Series, Ada Limón talks about her creative process and shares work from her National Book Critics Circle Award-winning collection, ...

Marcus Jackson

Cave Canem Fellow Marcus Jackson reads from his 2019 Ohioana Award-winning poetry book, Pardon My Heart, as well as from his debut collection, ...

Mark Doty

Esteemed poet Mark Doty discusses his work, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 2008 National Book Awards, and his 2013 book-...

Feminist Poets: Past American Voices

This program pays tribute to the past American voices of feminist poets from the last century, who opened doors at publishing houses for the vast numbers of talented women writers today. Listen to excerpts from Pulitzer Prize winne...

Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck is San Francisco's seventh Poet Laureate and the first from a recognized Native Nation. Shuck, a citizen of Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, takes on the disappearance of ...

Adrienne Rich: Past American Voice

This Past American Voice episode features the late, great poet Adrienne Rich, who died in 2012. Known for her perfectly crafted, award winning poems, she was also a fearless spokeswoman for the Feminist Moveme...

Patricia Smith

In the second half of this interview, Patricia Smith, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellow, reads from her book Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah...

DaMaris Hill

In the final part of the "On Writing, On Race" program at the Kansas City Public Library, DaMaris Hill, th...

Anthony Grooms

Anthony Grooms, the author of Bombingham, reads from his newest no...

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