New Letters
On The Air

Kenneth Irby

Poetry

Interviewed by: Denise Low

Catalog Number: 20150717

Poet Kenneth Irby was born in Texas and raised in the Midwest before serving in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Harvard and Berkeley, Irby settled in Lawrence, Kansas, where he's spent his teaching and writing career at the University of Kansas. Often associated with the Black Mountain Poets, particularly Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Ed Dorn, Irby tells former Kansas Poet Laureate, Denise Low, how the connection was made even though he never visited there. Winner of a Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Irby reads various poems from his most recent book, The Intent On: Collected Poems 1962-2006.

| Subject Matter: Black Mountain Poets, Robert Duncan, Kansas, Geography | Interview Year: 2015 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Shelley Memorial Award |

See All audio

    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...

Kansas City Literary Events

Coutley, Gaskin & Molberg

Friday, August 21, 2020
Kansas City, Mo.

News

Our Mission

New Letters, New Letters on the Air, and our affiliate publisher, BkMk Press, stand in solidarity with our black writers, readers, listeners, friends, and community. Read our full statement here.

Shop

Individual Issues of New Letters Magazine

To order an individual issue of New Letters magazine, please call 816-235-1169 or visit our online store here.