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Ernest Gaines: Past American Voice

We pay tribute to one of America's best fiction writers, Ernest Gaines (1933-2019), whose career really took off with his fourth novel,...

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is the author of seven poetry books and a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful poet in the competition's history. In part one of this conversation, she reads from her recent book, ...

Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry reads from his multi-award winning Olio at the ...

Ben Lerner

Kansas native Ben Lerner often weaves personal experiences into his writing, which is particularly apparent in his third novel, The Topeka School...

Glenn North

Glenn North, the inaugural Poet Laureate of the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District, shares passages from his 2015 book City of Song (re-released in 2019 by Spartan Press...

Russell Banks

Acclaimed novelist, retired Princeton professor and mountain climber, Russell Banks discusses his recent memoir, Voyager:Travel Writings...

Kathryn Nuernberger

Poet and essayist Kathryn Nuernberger, the former editor of Pleiades Press at the University of Central Missouri, now lives and teaches in Minnesota. She discusses how she once shied away fro...

December Festivals

In this special radio anthology, we feature stories and commentary about the December holiday season from our rich archives. The late Rabbi Gerald Kane discusses the origins of Hanukkah, which inspired our recording of the now late ...

Randall Freisinger

A decades-long resident of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Randall Freisinger gives insight into the often wintery world of his surroundings. Now retired from teaching, he shares poetry from ...

Bojan Louis

A member of the Navajo Nation, Bojan Louis is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and author of the 2018 American Book Award-winning poetry collection Currents, published by BkMk press. Lo...

Stewart O'Nan

Though he's now the author of 17 novels and served as editor for The Vietnam Reader of Fiction and Nonfiction on the Wa...

Alan Proctor

Alan Proctor's book, The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Ex-Patriate, was named one of the best memoirs in 2015 by The Kansas City Star. Release...

Laura Kasischke

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet Laura Kasischke discusses her journey to writing fiction. Now the author of ten novels, three of which have been made into films, she reads from her Independent Publisher Book Award-winning short sto...

Randall Freisinger

Randall Freisinger is the author of five collections of poetry, including his 2019 book Windthrow and Salvage. He reads from early work included in his ...

Laura Kasischke

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet Laura Kasischke muses on topics ranging from motherhood to beauty queens, as she reads from several of her books now published under one cover by Copper Canyon, the 2017 book, ...

Xánath Caraza

The second part of our interview with poet Xánath Caraza features her two books that won second place in the 2019 International Latino Book Awards: her short story collection, ...

Mia Leonin and Gustavo Adolfo Aybar

In this public reading at The Writer's Place in Kansas City, poets Mia Leonin and Gustavo Adolfo Aybar celebrate Hispanic island cultures. Aybar, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a Cave Canem Fellow who shares poems from his 2017 debut colle...

Sergio Troncoso

Sergio Troncoso, whose recent essay appears in the 2019, Vol. 85 No. 4 issue of New Letters magazine, talks about his...

Xánath Caraza

Poet Xánath Caraza is a two-time International Latino Book Award-winner in 2018. In part one of this interview on stage at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, she describes her approach to her creative writing, which often beg...

Jo McDougall

Named the Poet Laureate of Arkansas in 2018, Jo McDougall discusses her two recent books of poetry—The Undiscovered Room and ...

Kansas Poets Laureate

The second half of this reading by former Kansas Poets Laureate begins with Wyatt Townley (2013-15), who introduces the Kansas Poet Laureate she followed, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (2009-13). Cary...

Kansas Poets Laureate

In part one of this program, former Kansas Poets Laureate, Kevin Rabas, Eric McHenry, and...

Dana Gioia

In his book, Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture, poet and critic Dana Gioia ponders ...

Alicia Ostriker

Once called "America's most fiercely honest poet" by Progressive magazine, Alicia Ostriker, the New York State Poet (2018-2020), is also a feminist, critic and scholar. Winner of the William Carlos Williams award and a two-time final...

Alberto Ríos

Alberto Ríos, named Arizona Poet Laureate in 2013, grew up in a mixed family on the Arizona-Mexico border. He discusses his experiences living between languages and cultures in his memoir...

Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly, appointed Poet Laureate of Mississippi in 2016, has written six books of poetry and prose. Born in New Jersey and raised in Illinois, she talks about her relocation to Mississippi and the effect the move has had on her life and ...

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Friday, August 21, 2020
Kansas City, Mo.

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