Search Results: Fiction


2009 Review (December 25, 2009)

2009 Review - In this special anthology of excerpts from previous programs, we look back at 2009 th

A Child's Christmas in Wales (December 20, 1991)

A Child's Christmas in Wales - Welsh actor Simon Harrald reads this Christmas classic by the poet D

Adams (October 5, 1990)

Alice Adams - The best-selling author of SUPERIOR WOMEN, Adams reads the title story from her collec

González, Rigoberto (October 7, 2016)

Rigoberto González - In 2015, Rigoberto González received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifet

George, Alex (May 3, 2013)

Alex George - After working for years as a corporate lawyer in England, Alex George moved to the sta


Mitch Albom - Writer Mitch Albom's rabbi asked him to deliver his eulogy when he died. The ensuing e

Alegria I (April 5, 1991)

Claribel Alegria - The Nicaraguan-based poet and writer talks about her autobiographical novel LUISA

Alegria II (March 4, 1996)

Claribel Alegria - Alegria, one of Central America's most widely read poets, reads from her collecti

Alexie, Sherman (September 24, 2003)

Sherman Alexie - A Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, Sherman Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reserv

American Greats (June 29, 1998)

American Greats: A Celebration of American Writers - This program features archive recordings of som

Amerika (May 2, 1994)

Mark Amerika - The Colorado author reads from his experimental novel THE KAFKA CHRONICLES and talks

Amichai, Yehuda (September 12, 2001)

Yehuda Amichai - In honor of the Jewish holidays, a public poetry reading by Israel’s most imp

Amis (May 27, 1996)

Martin Amis - Amis reads from his 1995 novel, THE INFORMATION, which brought him notoriety in the pr

Anaya (September 19, 1994)

Rudolfo Anaya - Anaya's first novel, BLESS ME ULTIMA, has been an international bestseller since it

Andersen, Kurt (May 15, 2009)

Kurt Andersen - Co-founder of the infamous and now defunct Spy magazine, Kurt Andersen is a long-tim

Anderson, M.T. (January 2, 2009)

M.T. Anderson - Young adult writer M. T. Anderson, author of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothin

Anderson-Dargatz, Gail (May 7, 2003)

Gail Anderson-Dargatz - This young Canadian writer has been twice nominated for the Giller Prize, on

Arias (January 18, 1991)

Arturo Arias - A prominent Central American writer, Arias helped write the screenplay for the movie

Auel (January 23, 1987)

Jean Auel - The author of a popular trilogy of novels set in pre-history, THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR,

Auster (September 26, 1994)

Paul Auster - Auster is a best-selling writer in Europe with a solid reputation in the United States

Averill, Thomas Fox (June 26, 2002)

Thomas Fox Averill - Fiction writer Thomas Fox Averill  talks about his novel Secrets of the Ts

Baca (April 12, 1991)

Jimmy Santiago Baca - A Mexican-American, Baca taught himself to read and write while in prison for

Bakeer (June 19, 1995)

Donald Bakeer - This high school teacher in South Central Los Angeles wrote a novel, CRIPS, so that

Baker W (July 26, 1985)

Will Baker - Poet and nonfiction writer Will Baker reads poems, some relating to farm life in Califo

Bakken, Kerry Neville (July 18, 2008)

harat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, also won the Best Books 2006 Award from, a si

Banks, Russell (November 28, 1986)

Russell Banks - Russell Banks, author of Continental Drift, reads "The Gully" from his book Success

Banks, Russell (September 22, 1999)

Russell Banks - Acclaimed author of numerous books set in contemporary America, Russell Banks talks

Baraka, Amiri (February 12, 1988)

Amiri Baraka - Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) is a poet, playwright, and essayist, whose 1960s

Baraka, Amiri (February 14, 2001)

Amiri Baraka - Prominent poet and playwright, Amiri Baraka (formerly known as LeRoi Jones) has been

Barich (May 16, 1994)

Bill Barich - Barich, an oft-published essayist, reads from BIG DREAMS: INTO THE HEART OF CALIFORNI

Barrows, Annie (December 18, 2009)

Annie Barrows - Known for her Ivy + Bean series of children's books, Annie Barrows never dreamed the

Bausch (December 16, 1988)

Richard Bausch - Bausch reads from "Ancient History," a short story about a young man's first Christ

Baxter, Charles (September 15, 1989)

Charles Baxter - All Things Considered book reviewer, Alan Cheuse says, "Charles Baxter's stori

Beasley Jr., Conger (March 16, 1990)

Conger Beasley Jr. - In environmental essays, novels, and short stories, Conger Beasley Jr. has prov

Beasley Jr., Conger (July 15, 1996)

Conger Beasley Jr. - Winner of the Western Writers' Award, Conger Beasley Jr. reads from his book,&n

Beattie (November 6, 1995)

Ann Beattie - The author of short fiction and novels, Beattie chronicles passages into middle age.

Benitez (November 15, 1993)

Sandra Benitez - Of mixed Puerto Rican heritage, Benitez grew up in El Salvador, Mexico, and the U.S

Berger (July 18, 1986)

Thomas Berger - Berger, author of LITTLE BIG MAN and NEIGHBORS, reads a story and talks about writin

Birkerts (October 31, 1994)

Sven Birkerts - One of the most interesting and lively literary critics of our time, Birkerts is con

Black (January 23, 1995)

Gregory D. Black - In a nonfiction work, Black looks at HOLLYWOOD CENSORED: MORALITY CODES, CATHOLIC

Blackburn A (March 31, 1995)

Alexander Blackburn - In a rollicking, picaresque novel, Blackburn examines the lives of several per

Blackburn J (October 30, 1995)

Julia Blackburn - In THE BOOK OF COLOR, the English novelist Blackburn fictionalizes her grandfather

Blackmarr, Amy (October 6, 1999)

Amy Blackmarr - The author of Going to Ground: Simple Life on a Georgia Pond, Amy Blackmarr has now

Blevins (May 12, 1997)

Win Blevins - Award winning STONE SONG is a multi-layered and complex look at the life of Crazy Hors

Bloom (July 28, 1997)

Amy Bloom - A renowned short-story writer, Bloom discusses her first novel, LOVE INVENTS US, and she

Blount (June 16, 1989)

Roy Blount, Jr. - Considered to be one of the funniest writers in America, Blount reads from his boo

Boissiere (April 27, 1990)

Robert Boissiere - In 1983, Boissiere began writing about his experiences living with the Hopi India

Bourjaily (April 23, 1982)

Vance Bourjaily - Bourjaily reads excerpts from three novels: NOW PLAYING AT CANTERBURY, A GAME MEN

Boyd (December 11, 1987)

Blanche McCrary Boyd - A humor writer for the VILLAGE VOICE and the author of THE REDNECK WAY OF KNO

Boyle (January 8, 1996)

T. Coraghesson Boyle - The popular short-story writer and novelist reads from THE TORTILLA CURTAIN,

Boyle, T.C. (November 24, 2004)

T.C. Boyle - T. Coraghesan Boyle, an acclaimed writer of both novels and short stories, is know

Bradley (March 9, 1984)

David Bradley - Bradley reads three excerpts from THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT, his PEN/Faulkner Award-

Bragg, Rick (January 13, 1999)

Rick Bragg - A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for The New York Times, Rick Bragg talks about his fi

Brown D (October 24, 1986)

Dee Brown - Brown, author of BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE, reads and talks about his research and w

Buckley (June 10, 1996)

Christopher Buckley - Poet and essayist Christopher Buckley talks about growing up in Southern Calif

Burroway, Janet (November 23, 1984)

Janet Burroway - Florida poet and fiction writer Janet Burroway reads from "Winn Dixie," printed in

Burroway, Janet (September 17, 2003)

Janet Burroway - Always thoughtful and intelligent, in the second of a two-part interview, Janet Bur

Butala (August 25, 1997)

Sharon Butala - One of the Canada's best-selling novelists, Butala talks about her memoir of midlife

Butler (March 21, 1994)

Robert Olen Butler - The winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize reads from his erotic novel, THEY WHISPER

Butler - II

Robert Olen Butler - Writer Robert Olen Butler discusses writing �from where you dream,� which h

Byatt, A.S. (July 26, 2006)

A.S. Byatt - British novelist and short story writer A.S. Byatt is the author of 15 books of fiction

Campbell, Bonnie Jo (November 20, 2002)

ting Programs Award for Short Fiction and a Pushcart Prize, Bonnie Jo Campbell reads from her result

Campbell B.M. (November 29, 1993)

Bebe Moore Campbell - Campbell reads from her first novel, YOUR BLUES AIN'T LIKE MINE, based on the

Cassill (May 18, 1990)


Castedo (June 14, 1991)

Elena Castedo - Castedo reads from her novel PARADISE, which won the 1991 "Book of the Year\" award

Castillo (October 21, 1996)

Ana Castillo - Castillo is one of the leading figures in the Chicana literary movement. Here she ta


Michael Chabon - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has turned to essay writing with MAPS

Chang, Lan Samantha (March 16, 2007)

of John Gardner's The Art of Fiction.

Chen, Da (January 2, 2002)

Da Chen - Often called the Chinese Frank McCourt, Da Chen talks about his bestselling memoir, Colors

Cherry I (April 10, 1987)

Kelly Cherry - Widely published poet and fiction writer Kelly Cherry reads poems arising from coming

Cherry, Kelly (November 18, 1998)

Kelly Cherry - The author of over a dozen books, including poetry, novels and essays, Kelly Cherry r

Cheuse (October 16, 1987)

Alan Cheuse - NPR's book reviewer is also the author of several books of fiction. Here he reads from

Chicago, Judy (March 3, 1999)

Judy Chicago - As an artist, writer, feminist and intellectual, Judy Chicago has made an impact on a

Chin (March 19, 1993)

Frank Chin - The controversial Chinese-American author reads from his novel DONALD DUK and vehementl

Codrescu (January 1, 1988)

Andrei Codrescu - Codrescu is the author of several volumes of poetry and two autobiographies. He co

Codrescu, Andrei (August 24, 2007)

Andrei Codrescu - International Voices Andrei Codrescu, the wry, Romanian poet and essayist known to

Coetzee (January 16, 1995)

J.M. Coetzee - The South African writer has won Britain's Booker Prize and is considered among the b

Cofer, Judith Ortiz (May 5, 1998)

Judith Ortiz Cofer - Judith Ortiz Cofer's work often reflects her Puerto Rican heritage and her chil

Cofer, Judith Ortiz (October 7, 1998)

Judith Ortiz Cofer - Puerto Rican writer Judith Cofer talks about how her heritage has influenced he

Cogan (March 23, 1998)

he Small Press Book Award for Fiction, WINONA'S WEB is based on Cogan's' own experiences as a psycho

Colbert, Jaimee Wriston (March 27, 2009)

Jaimee Wriston Colbert - The author of three books of fiction, Jaimee Wriston Colbert talks about he

Coleman & Lloyd (June 9, 1979)

Mary Joan Coleman - Colman reads from TAKE ONE BLOOD RED ROSE, a novel about the Appalachian region.

Coleman & Lloyd A (June 9, 1979)

Brian Lloyd - Coleman reads from TAKE ONE BLOOD RED ROSE, a novel about the Appalachian region. Bria

Colter (December 22, 1980)

Cyrus Colter - The African-American novelist and short story writer reads the story "A Chance Meetin

Conley (April 11, 1994)

Robert J. Conley - Author of many mass-market books about Native Americans, Conley reads from his li

Connell, Evan S. (May 17, 1991)

Evan S. Connell, Jr. - This program features a rare interview with the author of MR. BRIDGE, MRS. BR

Connell, Evan S.: Save America's Treasures Selection (January 18, 2013)

Evan S. Connell, Jr.: Save America's Treasures Selection - In memory of acclaimed author Evan S. Con

Conroy I (November 3, 1978)

Jack Conroy - Conroy, author of the famous 1930s novels THE DISINHERITED and A WORLD TO WIN, reads "

Conroy II (March 30, 1990)

Jack Conroy - A tribute to the proletarian writer and novelist who, as the 1930s editor of literary

Cooper, J. California (February 15, 1991)

J. California Cooper - The playwright and fiction writer J. California Cooper reads from Family

Cruz (March 27, 1995)

Victor Hernandez Cruz - In RED BEANS, Cruz's poetry and prose evoke the history of his native Puerto

Curley (March 4, 1983)

Daniel Curley - Curley reads "Trinity," and an excerpt from "The Contrivance." Both short stories we

Curtis, Christopher (November 23, 2007)

Christopher Paul Curtis - This Newberry Award-winning author's youth was spent in Flint, Michigan, a

Danticat, Edwidge (March 17, 2004)

Edwidge Danticat - Winner of the Pushcart Short Story Prize and a finalist for the 1995 National Boo

Daum, Meghan (March 1, 2006)

Meghan Daum - Social satirist and X Generation writer Meghan Daum talks about her critically ac

Day I (April 13, 1984)

Robert Day - This program is a dramatization of Day's story "Speaking French in Kansas."

Day II (January 9, 1987)

Robert Day - Day reads from an essay about attempting to make his novel THE LAST CATTLE DRIVE into a

Deagon (July 11, 1986)

Ann Deagon - Deagon is a professor of classics and author of several books of fiction and poetry. He

Desaulniers, Janet (July 13, 2005)

Janet Desaulniers - Writer Janet Desaulniers was an up-and-coming author when she sold the second sh

Di Blasi, Debra (May 10, 2000)

Debra Di Blasi - A screenwriter, fiction writer and poet, Debra Di Blasi’s work has been calle

Díaz, Junot (June 5, 2009)

n the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his second book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.&nbs

Dickey I (December 4, 1987)

James Dickey - Dickey won the National Book Award in 1966 for BUCKDANCER'S CHOICE, but he is best kn

Dickey II (July 7, 1997)

James Dickey - This memorial program contains excerpts from Program I with updates about Dickey's li

Dillard (October 2, 1987)

Annie Dillard - Dillard won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction for A PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK. On

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee (September 6, 2000)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - The award-winning poet and writer of fiction and creative non-fiction,

Dobyns (April 18, 1986)

Stephen Dobyns - Poet, novelist, and screenwriter Stephen Dobyns reads poems from his collection CEM

Ford, Richard (November 22, 2013)

Richard Ford - Listed as a 2012 Best Book of the Year in various newspapers and magazines, Canada de

Dooling (September 12, 1994)

Richard Dooling - In the author's second novel, WHITE MAN'S GRAVE, Dooling compares the American "ba

Dorris I (March 12, 1988)

Michael Dorris - Dorris was chairman of the Native American studies department at Dartmouth College.

Dorris II (May 30, 1994)

Michael Dorris - Dorris reads from his book of essays PAPER TRAIL and talks about his plans for the

Dorris III (July 14, 1997)

Michael Dorris - This memorial program contains Program I with more details about the life and death

Doty C (May 15, 1992)

Carolyn Doty - Doty's fourth novel, WHISPER, is described as "partly domestic realism, partly Victor

Doty, Mark (June 30, 1999)

Mark Doty - Mark Doty's poetic verse has been characterized as elegant and often melancholy, offerin

Dunant, Sarah (November 13, 2009)

Sarah Dunant - English writer Sarah Dunant has a certain degree of recognition in her home country,


Heidi Durrow - Heidi Durrow, talks about growing up in a bi-racial household like the heroine in her

Dybek, Stuart (November 9, 2007)

Stuart Dybek - Short story writer Stuart Dybek grew up in a Polish-American neighborhood on the sout

Early (February 23, 1990)

Gerald Early - Early, a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, has written exte

Eck, Matthew (November 6, 2009)

Matthew Eck - Named one of the top five writers under 35 to watch by the National Book Foundation, M

Edel (January 6, 1989)

Leon Edel - Edel won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his biography of Henry James

Edwards (September 20, 1991)

Louis Edwards - While still in his 20s, Edwards made an impressive debut with his first novel, TEN S

Ehrlich (November 15, 1991)

Gretel Ehrlich - In her much-anticipated second book, ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME; the author of THE

Elkin I (March 15, 1979)

Stanley Elkin - The National Book Critics Circle Award winner reads from THE DICK GIBSON SHOW, a nov

Elkin II (December 2, 1988)

Stanley Elkin - A three-time finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Cr

Elkin III (December 4, 1995)

Stanley Elkin - This show revisits Elkins' reading of THE DICK GIBSON SHOW, and other work following

Ellis (October 29, 1995)

Jerry Ellis - Ellis is known for books chronicling his historical journeys, including walking the Ch

Ellroy, James (January 8, 2003)

James Ellroy - The self-proclaimed “Demon Dog of American Literature,” James Elroy is kn

Englander, Nathan (November 20, 2009)

Nathan Englander - Nathan Englander discusses his novel, The Ministry of Special Cases, about Argent

Epiphanies: Why They Wield the Pen (January 7, 2007)

Epiphanies: Why They Wield the Pen - Ten writers talk about what prompted them to begin writing in t

Erdrich (August 26, 1988)

Louise Erdrich - Erdrich is the author of the novels LOVE MEDICINE, which won the National Book Crit

Farah (January 29, 1993)

Nuruddin Farah - The Somali novelist reads from and discusses his trilogy, VARIATIONS ON THE THEME O

Fennelly, Beth (August 2, 2019)

Beth Ann Fennelly - Beth Ann Fennelly, appointed Poet Laureate of Mississippi in 2016, has written s

Ferlinghetti (April 29, 1988)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Ferlinghetti is the co-founder of City Lights Books. He published many of th

Fforde, Jasper (June 21, 2006)

Jasper Fforde - Popular British comic novelist Jasper Fforde talks about his pun-filled detective no

Finn, Maria (January 21, 2011)

Maria Finn - Fresh from a painful divorce, travel writer Maria Finn sought solace in something that

Ford, Richard (November 6, 1987)

Richard Ford - Richard Ford reads from The Sportswriter, which has been called, "A beautif

Ford, Richard (August 19, 1996)

Richard Ford - One of America's most critically acclaimed writers, Richard Ford has written the firs

Ford, Richard (September 22, 2004)

Richard Ford - The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Independence Day talks with Angela Ela


Anne Fortier - Anne Fortie,r is the latest writer to draw on the legend of the doomed lovers. In her

Fowler, Karen Joy (January 19, 2007)

Karen Joy Fowler - The author of four novels, several collections of short fiction and winner of the

Freely (June 15, 1984)

Maureen Freely - Freely reads the first chapter of her novel THE LIFE OF THE PARTY, the story of a g

Friedan (September 17, 1993)

Betty Friedan - In THE FOUNTAIN OF AGE, Friedan tries to debunk the myths of aging, much as she did

A Call to Words: Veterans & Why They Write (November 7, 2014)

A Call to Words: Veterans & Why They Write - Vietnam veterans and poets, Bill Bauer and H.C. Palmer

Frumkin (December 17, 1982)

Gene Frumkin - Frumkin, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, reads from his book CLOUDS AND RED EARTH and oth

Fuentes, Carlos (April 28, 1999)

Carlos Fuentes - Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's most celebrated novelist, discusses The Orange Tree,&

Fuller, Jack (May 16, 2001)

Jack Fuller - The Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and author of six novels, Jack Fuller, talks abou

Fuller, Jack (October 24, 2008)

Jack Fuller - Former Chicago Tribune president and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writin

Fussell B (April 9, 1993)

Betty Fussell - Fussell's book THE STORY OF CORN covers Native American creation myths concerning th

Gaddis I (December 12, 1994)

William Gaddis - One of the grand old men of American letters and a notorious recluse, Gaddis has wo

Gaddis II (March 20, 1995)

William Gaddis - Gaddis focuses on JR, a novel, as well as his unwillingness to "perform\" his writi

Gaines, Ernest J. (December 8, 1989)

Ernest J. Gaines - Ernest J. Gaines reads from his collection of short stories, Bloodline, and discu

Gaines, Ernest J. (February 11, 2004)

Ernest J. Gaines - One of America's best-known contemporary black writers, Ernest J. Gaines first fo

Gallagher (January 22, 1993)

Tess Gallagher - The author of several books of short stories and poetry, Gallagher reads poems from

Gardner (October 21, 1978)

John Gardner - Gardner talks about his ideas in ON MORAL FICTION and reads from his National Book Aw

Garrett (November 11, 1988)

George Garrett - Garrett is the author of dozens of books of poems, stories, and nonfiction, as well

Gass, William (July 3, 1995)

William Gass - A professor of philosophy, William Gass has written fiction and criticism. He is an a

Gee, Sophie (June 27, 2008)

Sophie Gee - Sophie Gee always wanted to be a writer.  While in high school, she won a prestigi

Geha (March 1, 1991)

Joseph Geha - Geha's first book THROUGH AND THROUGH: TOLEDO STORIES portrays life in an Arab-Christi

Gibbons K (June 21, 1991)

Kaye Gibbons - Gibbons was an orphan at age 11, an experience she wrote about in ELLEN FOSTER, her h

Gilchrist (May 24, 1991)

Ellen Gilchrist - One of the most popular Southern women writers, Ellen Gilchrist regaled National P

Gildner, Gary (December 31, 2003)

Gary Gildner - Gary Gildner, the author of 17 books of poetry, fiction, and memoir--all reflecting h

Gildner, Gary (April 28, 2004)

Gary Gildner - Gildner discusses and reads from his 2002 memoir, My Grandfather's Book, in which he

Gill (June 17, 1978)

Brendan Gill - A former editor at THE NEW YORKER, Gill reads "End of an Exceptionally Short Affair"

Glancy (December 13, 1993)

Diane Glancy - Glancy's recent book of essays, CLAIMING BREATH, which reads more like a collection o

Golden, Arthur (December 14, 2005)

Arthur Golden - Author of the highly acclaimed novel Memoirs of a Geisha, which made it on the New Y

Gonzales (June 19, 1987)

Laurence Gonzales - Gonzales has worked for literary presses, slick magazines, and Hollywood movies.

Gonzalez (October 16, 1992)

Ray Gonzalez - Gonzalez edited the anthology of essays, poems, and stories WITHOUT DISCOVERY: A NATI

Goodman (October 25, 1985)

Mitchell Goodman - Goodman, who is also known as a novelist and political activist, reads from his p

Gooneratne (February 21, 1992)

Yasmine Gooneratne - Gooneratne lives in Australia but writes largely about her native Sri Lanka. S

Gopnik, Adam (November 11, 1998)

Adam Gopnik - A writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1986, Adam Gopnik regularly explores i

Gordimer, Nadine (August 21, 1995)

Nadine Gordimer - The Nobel Prize-winning South African writer, Nadine Gordimer reads from her

Gordon (January 5, 1990)

Mary Gordon - The writer reads from her highly acclaimed fourth novel, THE OTHER SIDE, and talks abo

Gordon, Mary (March 16, 2005)

Mary Gordon - An acclaimed novelist since the publication of her first book, Final Payments in 1978,

Gordon, Jaimy (May 25, 2012)

Jaimy Gordon - Fiction writer Jaimy Gordon worked on her novel, Lord of Misrule, set on a West Virg

Grimm (June 17, 1996)

Mary Grimm - Novelist and short story writer Mary Grimm's work is often published in THE NEW YORKER.

Grooms, Anthony (August 20, 2003)

Anthony Grooms - Poet, short story writer, novelist, and two-time recipient of the Lillian Smith Awa


Sara Gruen - Sara Gruen, author of the 2006 best seller WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, discusses the challenge

Guest (November 5, 1982)

Judith Guest - Guest talks about her writing and reads an excerpt from her novel SECOND HEAVEN. Acto

Halliday (March 19, 1982)

Miriam Halliday - Halliday, who used to live in the Ozarks, reads intense litanies and talks about h

Hampl, Patricia (November 28, 2008)

Patricia Hampl - Noted nonfiction writer and poet Patricia Hampl discusses the growing importance of

Harris (May 3, 1992)

Eddy L. Harris - A writer who documents his own adventures, Harris wrote NATIVE STRANGER: A BLACK AM

Harris W I (October 3, 1994)

Wilson Harris - Harris talks about his life-long effort to write a modern epic and about classic wor

Harris W II (October 10, 1994)

Wilson Harris - Harris reads from his novels RESURRECTION AT SORROW HILL and PALACE OF THE PEACOCK.

Harrison, Jim (October 19, 2005)

Jim Harrison - In this stand-alone second half of an earlier interview, Jim Harrison, author of Lege

Harrison, Jim (July 20, 2005)

Jim Harrison - Poet and novelist Jim Harrison discusses his latest novel True North.  Perhaps b

Haruf, Kent (September 18, 2002)

Kent Haruf - The author of three novels set in a fictional community in rural Colorado, Kent Haruf t

Heat-Moon (November 8, 1991)

William Least Heat-Moon - The author of the popular BLUE HIGHWAYS, Heat-Moon discusses his book PRAI

Hebald I (January 13, 1979)

Carol Hebald - Hebald, an actress, fiction writer, and poet, reads the first two chapters of her nov

Hebald II (March 24, 1979)

Carol Hebald - A continuation of Program I, Hebald, an actress, fiction writer, and poet, reads the

Heim (May 15, 1995)

Scott Heim - Heim reads from his novel MYSTERIOUS SKIN, the story of two boys molested by their Litt

Heinemann (March 31, 1989)

Larry Heinemann - The National Book Award-winning author reads from PACO'S STORY, a novel that deals

Heller (May 29, 1987)

Steve Heller - An O. Henry Award-winning fiction writer, Heller reads "The Railroad Feast," a short

Hester (November 3, 1997)

Katherine Hester - Winner of the 1997 Bakeless Prize and a fellowship to the Breadloaf Writers Confe

Hijuelos (November 3, 1992)

Oscar Hijuelos - The Cuban-American's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LO

Hillerman (June 1, 1990)

Tony Hillerman - Hillerman's literary mystery novels about two Navajo detectives have been best sell

Hodgen, Christie (May 20, 2011)

Christie Hodgen - In this interview before an audience at the Kansas City Public Library, Christie H

Hoffman, Alice (May 29, 2002)

Alice Hoffman - This best-selling novelist of books such as Practical Magic and Second Nature&n

Holden (November 26, 1980)

Jonathan Holden - Holden reads from his award-winning book DESIGN FOR A HOUSE.

Holm (January 25, 1991)

Bill Holm - In a book of essays, COMING HOME CRAZY, Holm talks about his love for China, with readin

Hosseini, Khaled (June 15, 2005)

Khaled Hosseini - Medical physician and writer Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, talks abo

Houston (May 1, 1992)

Pam Houston - Houston's story "How to Talk to a Hunter\" was selected for the BEST AMERICAN SHORT ST

Humphreys (October 14, 1988)

Josephine Humphreys - Humphreys reads from her comic novel RICH IN LOVE, which received high critica

Into the Millennium (December 29, 1999)

Into the Millennium - A special show that takes a comic look at our Y2K fears, while also presenting

Irving, John (June 15, 2007)

John Irving - The role of fatherhood has been examined in myriad ways in the fiction of John Irving,

Jaffe I (April 12, 1985)

Dan Jaffe - Jaffe reads a short story and excerpts from THE MUSCLES AND BONES THAT CARRY US TO LOVE,

Jaffe II (June 3, 1988)

Dan Jaffe - Jaffe reads from ROUND FOR ONE VOICE, poems about his New Jersey childhood and the exper

Jaffe, Dan (January 27, 2017)

Dan Jaffe - Poet Dan Jaffe, the guest co-editor of a recent issue of New Letters magazine that focus

Janowitz (April 7, 1989)

Tama Janowitz - Janowitz, the best-selling author of SLAVE OF NEW YORK, reads a humorous story, "Cas

Jeffrey (October 11, 1991)

Julie Roy Jeffrey - Jeffrey is a historian whose work includes CONVERTING TO THE WEST: A BIOGRAPHY O

Jen, Gish (August 12, 1997)

Gish Jen - Gish Jen talks about her novel Mona in the Promised Land, which turns ideas about ethnici

Jensen (December 7, 1997)

Winner of the Heartland Short Fiction Prize, Jensen is a poet and fiction writer. She reads from he

Jiles, Paulette (January 5, 2005)

Paulette Jiles - American-Canadian author Paulette Jiles reads from her book Enemy Women, a novel se

Jin, Ha (August 31, 2007)

Ha Jin - The Chinese born writer Ha Jin began his literary life as a poet, and though he still conti

Johnson (April 21, 1989)

Diane Johnson - Johnson, who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her novel PERSIAN NIGH

Jones (March 15, 1991)

Louis B. Jones - Jones' first novel, ORDINARY MONEY, is, according to Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "an

Jones, Edward P. (September 7, 2007)

Edward P. Jones - Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Edward P. Jones reveals how he intr

Jones, Tayari (February 1, 2008)

Tayari Jones - The young novelist Tayari Jones was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970, so she was very

Jong I (May 21, 1993)

Erica Jong - Jong, best known for her six novels, is also an acclaimed poet with seven volumes of po

Jong II (September 3, 1993)

Erica Jong - A continuation of Program I, Jong, best known for her six novels, is also an acclaimed

Joyce I (August 9, 1978)

William Joyce - Poet and fiction writer Joyce reads his poems, including "Small Town" and "Lewisburg

Kasischke, Laura (May 31, 2006)

Laura Kasischke - This young writer’s poetry and fiction "scratches the surface of daily life,

Kauffman (March 21, 1986)

Janet Kauffman - Kauffman, an award-winning fiction writer, reads poems from THE WEATHER BOOK and ta

Keillor (May 11, 1998)

Garrison Keillor - The popular host of public radio's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, Keillor is also the

Kennedy, Thomas E. (July 24, 1995)

Thomas E. Kennedy - Thomas E. Kennedy, an American who lives in Denmark, is the author of novels and

Kennedy, Thomas E. (August 18, 1997)

Thomas E. Kennedy - Thomas E. Kennedy had three books published in 1997, including his novel The Boo

Kennedy W I (October 6, 1989)

William Kennedy - The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of IRONWEED reads from his fourth book, QUINN'S

Kennedy W II (October 14, 1996)

William Kennedy - Kennedy reads from THE FLAMING CORSAGE, another novel in his Albany cycle, which s

Kesey (September 1, 1989)

Ken Kesey - The author of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST and SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION talks about h

Kessler (January 10, 1986)

Rod Kessler - Kessler reads two short stories from his award-winning collection OFF IN ZIMBABWE: "Th

Kidd, Chip (June 20, 2008)

Chip Kidd - Chip Kidd , who has been described as the world’s most famous book cover designer,

Kincaid, Jamaica (March 8, 2013)

Jamaica Kincaid - Known for her 1985 novel Annie John, and her early “Talk of the Town”

Kinsella (May 16, 1986)

W.P. Kinsella - Kinsella, author of SHOELESS JOE, reads from THE IOWA BASEBALL CONFEDERACY and talks

Kittredge (September 11, 1987)

William Kittredge - Kittredge talks about leaving his half-million acre Oregon farm to live in a Mon

Krementz, Jill (November 17, 1997)

Jill Krementz - This famous photographer has followed the lives of over 1,500 of America's greatest

Kricorian, Nancy (December 3, 1998)

Nancy Kricorian - A published poet, Nancy Kricorian talks about her first novel, Zabelle, which is l

Lamott, Anne (February 29, 2008)

Anne Lamott - This best-selling writer often combines wisdom, humor, honesty and panache in her doze

Larsen (November 9, 1990)

Wendy Larsen - A Vietnam War vet and a teacher in Saigon during 1970-71, Larsen co-wrote, with Vietn

Larson, Edward J. (August 2, 2000)

Edward J. Larson - To mark the 75th anniversary of the Scopes Trial, historian Edward Larson talks a

Larson, Erik (June 26, 2009)

Erik Larson - Bestselling author Erik Larson discusses two of his nonfiction works. The De

Rodriguez, Linda (October 4, 2013)

Linda Rodriguez - In this compilation program featuring archive audio from a 2009 interview as well

Lear (November 13, 1992)

Patricia Lear - Lear's short story "After Memphis,\" from her collection STARDUST, 7-ELEVEN, ROUTE 5

Lee, Chang-rae (July 29, 2011)

or the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his fourth novel, The Surrendered, Chang-rae Lee spent 12

Lewis (December 8, 1997)

er of the 1993 Sonja H. Stone Fiction Contest, Lewis reads from his prize-winning collection of shor

Lim (November 30, 1990)

Catherine Lim - In her home of Singapore, Catherine Lim is a best-selling author. Written in Englis

Littlebird, Larry (April 20, 1990)

Larry Littlebird - A Plains Native American, Larry Littlebird starred in the film adaptation of N. S

Livesey, Margot (October 10, 2001)

Margot Livesey - The author of three novels and a collection of short stories, this Scottish fiction

Livesey, Margot (May 10, 2006)

Margot Livesey - A Scottish writer who has earned a reputation in the United States as a gifted lite

Livesey, Margot (January 7, 2011)

Margot Livesey - In this conversation at the Kansas City Public Library, Scottish-born fiction write

Lombardo, Billy (June 22, 2007)

Billy Lombardo - Billy Lombardo’s award-winning collection, The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stori

Lopate (November 29, 1991)

Philip Lopate - Lopate writes poems and novels, but is best known for his personal essays. In his b


Lorraine Lopez - Novelist and short story writer Lorraine Lopez shocked the literary world in 2010 w

Lopez, Barry (February 4, 1978)

Barry Lopez - Barry Lopez reads from Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter: Coyote Bui

Lopez, Barry (June 26, 1992)

Barry Lopez - The best-selling author of Artic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men, Barry Lopez speaks

Lopez, Barry (August 29, 1994)

Barry Lopez - In this interview with Rebekah Presson, best-selling author, Barry Lopez reads fr

Lopez, Barry (September 30, 1998)

Barry Lopez - The recipient of many honors, including the National Book Award in 1986 for the best-s

Lopez, Lorraine (January 6, 2012)

Lorraine Lopez - Fiction writer and Vanderbilt University professor Lorraine Lopez was shocked in 20

Lopez, Steve (August 27, 2010)

Steve Lopez - In this interview, taped before an audience at the Kansas City Public Library, Angela

Lott (December 6, 1993)

Bret Lott - THE LOS ANGELES TIMES has called Lott "one of the most important and imaginative writers

Madden I (April 30, 1977)

David Madden - Madden reads from his novel BIJOU.

Madden II (July 2, 1977)

David Madden - Madden narrates a scene from his novel CASSANDRA SINGING.

Madden III (November 2, 1984)

David Madden - Madden reads "In the Bag," a short story.

Malouf (December 26, 1994)

David Malouf - Malouf is among Australia's top novelists. He reads from REMEMBERING BABYLON, which

Mapson, Jo Ann (September 21, 1998)

Jo Ann Mapson - The author of four novels, Jo Ann Mapson's 1997 book, Loving Chloe, is a contin

Marquart, Debra (March 6, 2009)

Debra Marquart - Growing up on a North Dakota farm, Debra Marquart couldn't wait to leave. Now, she

Marshall (April 15, 1996)

Paule Marshall - Marshall's 1959 novel, BROWN GIRL, BROWNSTONES, was ahead of its time in terms of r

Martin, Clancy (November 26, 2010)

Clancy Martin - Chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2009, How to

Martinez (June 12, 1995)

Demetria Martinez - Poet and journalist Demetria Martinez won the Western States Book Award for her

Mason, Bobbie Ann (September 15, 1999)

Bobbie Ann Mason - Celebrated for her works of fiction, Bobbie Ann Mason has now written a memoir th

Masters I (December 10, 1982)

Hilary Masters - Masters reads from his acclaimed autobiographical book LAST STANDS NOTES FROM MEMOR

Masters II (November 18, 1996)

Hilary Masters - Masters talks about his craft and how he uses his life as a springboard for his wri

Matthews J (January 26, 1990)

Jack Matthews - Reviewers for THE NEW YORK TIMES have raved about Jack Matthews. With more than a d

Matthews, James (February 24, 1999)

James Matthews - The author of four collections of poetry, the South African writer, James Matthews

Mayle (August 5, 1996)

Peter Mayle - Englishman Peter Mayle is known for his books about the south of France, including A Y

Mazza (November 20, 1992)

Cris Mazza - Mazza's first novel, HOW TO LEAVE A COUNTRY, won the PEN Nelson Algren Award for fictio

McConkey (January 11, 1981)

James McConkey - McConkey reads fiction from THE TREE HOUSE CONFESSIONS and discusses his work.

McCourt (November 10, 1997)

Frank McCourt - The Irish-born author talks about his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, ANGELA'S ASHES, w

McCullough (April 2, 1993)

David McCullough - The winner of several honors, including a National Book Award in history and an E

McElroy, Colleen J. (May 12, 2004)

Colleen J. McElroy - A former speech pathologist turned poet and scholar, Colleen J. McElroy has wri

McKinley, James (December 17, 1977)

James McKinley - The former editor of New Letters magazine, James McKinley discusses the proces

McKinley, James (December 16, 1981)

James McKinley - Former editor of New Letters magazine, James McKinley discusses his nonfi

McMillan, Terry (February 19, 1996)

Terry McMillan - The author of the novels Mama, Disappearing Acts, and Waiting to Exhale, Terry

McPherson, James Alan (February 22, 1991)

James Alan McPherson - Essayist and fiction writer James Alan McPherson was the first African-Americ

Meinke (December 14, 1984)

Peter Meinke - Meinke gives a public reading of his story "A Decent Life," set in the "not-so-distan

Michaels (March 10, 1989)

Leonard Michaels - The author of THE MEN'S CLUB reads his story "Cigarettes" and talks about the app

Mitchell, Stephen (December 22, 2004)

Stephen Mitchell - Writer Stephen Mitchell, whose celebrated versions of several mystical texts rang

Molinaro (April 13, 1995)

Ursule Molinaro - Molinaro takes ancient stories and retells them from an avant-garde feminist point

Moore (January 10, 1994)

Lorrie Moore - This writer's work has been compared to Grace Paley's. Both have a humorous, feminis

Mora I (January 13, 1997)

Pat Mora - A Latina poet, essayist, and native of El Paso, Mora talks about the region she loves, th

Mora II (May 5, 1997)

Pat Mora - In the second part of this interview, Mora talks about the importance of writing for cult

Morgan, Speer (January 27, 1989)

Speer Morgan - Speer Morgan is the editor of The Missouri Review and a novelist. Here he talks about

Moriarty, Laura (November 27, 2009)

Laura Moriarty - Novelist Laura Moriarty is the author of the acclaimed book group favorite, The Cen

Morris M I (December 30, 1988)

Mary Morris - In her popular book, NOTHING TO DECLARE, Morris writes about the thrills and dangers f

Morris M II (March 25, 1991)

Mary McGarry Morris - A social worker and the mother of five children, Morris worked on her first no

Mort (December 6, 1985)

John Mort - Mort reads "The New Captain" from TANKS, a collection of Vietnam stories, and discusses

Kaplan, Robert (November 10, 1999)

Robert Kaplan - A free-lance travel writer who has published incisive books on Africa, the Middle Ea

Mosley, Walter (February 2, 2005)

Walter Mosley - Novelist Walter Mosley—former president Bill Clinton’s favorite author&m

Murr, Naeem (September 21, 2007)

Naeem Murr - Raised in London by his Irish mother after his Lebanese father died when he was two, Na

Nabokov (March 5, 1993)

Peter Nabokov - Nabokov's book NATIVE AMERICAN TESTIMONY tells the story of 500 years of white/India

Nafisi, Azar (September 1, 2004)

Azar Nafisi - Azar Nafisi, Iranian author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, talks abou

Nafisi, Azar (March 20, 2009)

Azar Nafisi - Growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran, Azar Nafisi did not have a particularly happy fa

Nagai, Mariko (June 8, 2012)

Mariko Nagai - Japanese poet and fiction writer Mariko Nagai has lived all over the globe, from Brus

Naslund, Sena Jeter (February 1, 2006)

Sena Jeter Naslund - Novelist Sena Jeter Naslund, author of the acclaimed Ahab’s Wife, discuss

Operation Homecoming (November 9, 2005)

Operation Homecoming - Operation Homecoming is a collaboration between the National Endowment for th

Nicholson & Taylor (May 17, 1985)

Joseph Nicholson - Nicholson reads a sequence of prose poems and short fiction pieces; Taylor reads

Nicholson & Taylor A (May 17, 1985)

William E. Taylor - Nicholson reads a sequence of prose poems and short fiction pieces; Taylor read

Nicol, Mike (January 27, 1999)

Mike Nicol - A South African writer of international acclaim, Mike Nicol discusses his third novel H

Norris (September 8, 1997)

Kathleen Norris - Known for her bestseller DAKOTA: A SPIRITUAL GEOGRAPHY, Norris talks about the pro

Oates (May 5, 1989)

Joyce Carol Oates - The author of more than 70 books, Oates reads from her novel AMERICAN APPETITES.

O'Brien D (September 27, 1991)

Dan O'Brien - In his novel IN THE CENTER OF THE NATION, O'Brien presents an ecological tale of a fig

O'Brien, Tim (October 20, 2004)

Tim O'Brien - Vietnam War veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and fiction writer Tim O’Brien is b

O'Brien, Tim (January 6, 1999)

Tim O'Brien - Winner of numerous national and international awards for his fiction about the Vietnam

O'Connor (December 28, 1990)

Sheila O'Connor - O'Connor reads from TOKENS OF GRACE, her first novel.

Offutt (September 10, 1993)

Chris Offutt - Offutt's memoir at age 34, THE SAME RIVER TWICE, has been called by one critic "road

Okri (February 21, 1994)

Ben Okri - Britain's top literary award, the Booker Prize, went to this Nigerian writer for THE FAMI

Olds B (July 1, 1996)

Bruce Olds - Olds blends historical fact with fiction in his novel RAISING HOLY HELL. The novel tra

Ondaatje I (September 4, 1995)

Michael Ondaatje - The Booker Prize winner reads from his award-winning novel THE ENGLISH PATIENT, a

Ondaatje II (September 11, 1995)

Michael Ondaatje - The second part of this interview continues with a discussion and reading of Onda


Joseph O'Neill - NETHERLAND, the 2009 novel by Joseph O�Neill, won the PEN/Faulkner award. He disc

Orlean, Susan (May 25, 2005)

Susan Orlean - New Yorker feature writer Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and My Kind Of Pla

Ortiz (April 28, 1997)

Simon Ortiz - One of the Southwest's finest writers, Ortiz talks about his collection AFTER AND BEFO

Outtake Heaven (October 14, 1998)

Outtake Heaven - In tandem with public radio station fundraisers around the country, we present this

Packard, William (May 20, 1983)

William Packard - William Packard, a poet, playwright, novelist, and founding editor of New York Qua

Paley, Grace (January 4, 1991)

Grace Paley - One of the best-loved short fiction writers of our time, Grace Paley talks about how h

Paley, Grace (August 6, 2003)

Grace Paley - The then 71-year-old Grace Paley reads poems about aging and about political activism

Paretsky, Sara (March 21, 2008)

Sara Paretsky - In her book of essays, Writing in an Age of Silence, Sara Paretsky sheds light on he

Parini (September 21, 1990)

Jay Parini - Parini reads from THE LAST STATION, his novel about the last year of Leo Tolstoy's life

Parks, Suzan-Lori (November 16, 2005)

Suzan-Lori Parks - In the first half of this two-part interview, the first African-American woman to

Parks, Suzan-Lori (August 1, 2008)

Suzan-Lori Parks - As part of our Authors in the Movies Series we revisit this 2004 interview with P

Parsons, Tony (June 12, 2002)

Tony Parsons - A former punk rock journalist, newspaper columnist and British TV personality, Tony P

Peacock, Molly (May 9, 2001)

Molly Peacock - Molly Peacock is the author of four collections of poetry. Her book, Paradise, Piece

Pemberton (October 30, 1992)

Gayle Pemberton - In THE HOTTEST WATER IN CHICAGO, her book of personal essays, Pemberton presents a

Percy, Walker (April 24, 1992)

Walker Percy - Walker Percy reads from The Moviegoer and talks about his fascination with

Pérez, Loida Maritza (October 6, 2004)

Loida Maritza Pérez - Find out about the Latina writer, Loida Maritza Pérez, whose firs

Petesch I (February 17, 1979)

Natalie Petesch - Petesch reads AFTER THE FIRST DEATH THERE IS NO OTHER, a story told in the voice o

Petesch II (January 28, 1979)

Natalie Petesch - Petesch reads from her novel THE LONG HOT SUMMERS OF YASHA K, about the civil-righ

Petrakis (November 1, 1985)

Harry Mark Petrakis - Petrakis, a Greek storyteller and novelist from Chicago, reads "Pa and the Sad

Phillips, Arthur (June 3, 2016)

Arthur Phillips - From his first novel, Prague, which became an acclaimed best-seller in 2002,

Phillips, Jayne Anne (December 1, 1989)

Jayne Anne Phillips - Jayne Anne Phillips' book of short stories, Black Tickets caused che

Phillips, Robert (June 6, 2001)

Robert Phillips - Author or editor of over 25 books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, Robert Philli

Pohl (April 29, 1983)

Frederick Pohl - Pohl, a noted science-fiction writer, reads two short stories, "Day Million" and "P

Power (May 6, 1996)

Susan Power - Power reads her story "Touring Home,\" which is anthologized in the book MOTHERS: FAMO

Price (September 16, 1988)

Reynolds Price - Often considered Faulkner's literary heir, Price reads from GOOD HEARTS, a story of

Pritchett, Michael (January 25, 2008)

City and a John Simmons Short Fiction Award winner, discusses the challenges of writing a novel, and


Anna Quindlen - Anna Quindlen, known as a syndicated newspaper columnist who was recognized with the

Rachlin (March 27, 1992)

Nahid Rachlin - Rachlin's 1978 novel, FOREIGNER, was on THE NEW YORK TIMES' yearly list of 10 best b

Raffel (September 18, 1995)

Dawn Raffel - This fiction writer reads from her first collection of short stories, IN THE YEAR OF L

Ramirez (April 26, 1991)

Sergio Ramirez - Considered by many to be Nicaragua's premier prose writer, Ramirez was also vice pr

Rankine, Claudia (February 13, 2009)

Claudia Rankine - Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine’s work “goes directly to the object

Rathbone, Emma (September 10, 2010)

Emma Rathbone - The Patterns of Paper Monsters by Emma Rathbone is a first-person account of a male

Ray, David (November 5, 2003)

David Ray - Poet, essayist, fiction writer, and former editor of New Letters and New

Reddi, Rishi (August 17, 2007)

Rishi Reddi - Born in Hyderabad, India and raised in Great Britain and the U.S., Rishi Reddi discuss

Reed I (November 10, 1977)

Ishmael Reed - Reed reads an excerpt from FLIGHT TO CANADA, the story of a recently escaped modern b

Reed II (February 24, 1989)

Ishmael Reed - Reed, an outspoken and controversial proponent of intercultural art events, reads poe

Reed, Ishmael (February 20, 2002)

Ishmael Reed - The author of numerous books of poetry, plays, essays and fiction, Ishmael Reed conti

Rhodes I (February 25, 1980)

Richard Rhodes - Rhodes reads excerpts from his books THE UNGODLY, HOLY SECRETS, and THE LAST SAFARI

Rhodes II (May 22, 1987)

Richard Rhodes - Rhodes reads from and discusses his book THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB, which won t

Rhodes III (January 19, 1998)

Richard Rhodes - A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Rhodes talks about his most recent book DEADLY FEA

Authors Readers Theatre (August 29, 2014)

Authors Readers Theatre - Richard Peck (A Year Down Yonder), Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo C

Robinson, Marilynne (January 18, 2006)

f the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel Gilead, Marilynne Robinson took over 20 years af

Robinson, Marilynne (September 29, 1989)

Marilynne Robinson - Marilynne Robinson, the author of the highly-praised novel, Housekeeping, which

Robinson M II (May 13, 1988)

Mary Robinson - A minimalist writer well-known to readers of THE NEW YORKER, Robinson reads her stor

Robison (September 18, 1987)

James Robison - This frequent contributor to THE NEW YORKER reads "Envy," a piece from RUMOR AND OTH

Rodriguez, Richard (May 3, 2006)

Richard Rodriguez - Peabody Award-winning essayist and PBS Newshour commentator, Richard Rodriguez d

Rooks (February 10, 1997)

Noliwe Rooks - Noliwe Rooks discusses the politics of hair in her book HAIR RAISING: BEAUTY, CULTURE

Rosengarten (January 8, 1988)

Theodore Rosengarten - Rosengarten won the National Book Award in 1974 for ALL GOD'S DANGERS: THE LI

Rushdie, Salman (October 4, 2006)

Salman Rushdie - Widely known for his novel The Satanic Verses and the resulting fatwa issued a

Russo A (February 9, 1990)

Albert Russo - Russo writes in both English and French. He reads from his novel MIXED BLOOD, which

Richard, Russo (September 10, 2003)

Richard Russo - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his epic novel Empire Falls, Richard Russo is the a

Rust (April 30, 1993)

Marina Rust - Rust's first novel, GATHERINGS, set the world of high society aflutter. Based loosely

Sale (October 2, 1992)


Salisbury, Ralph (June 8, 1984)

Ralph Salisbury - Raph Salisbury talks about his Native American heritage, and reads poems from Goin

Sanchez, Sonia (March 23, 2012)

Sonia Sanchez - One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement and author of more than

Sandlin (February 19, 1993)

Tim Sandlin - Sandlin says he sees himself as something of a "self-help\" novelist, whose work can h

Santiago, Esmeralda (September 14, 2005)

Esmeralda Santiago - Winner of the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award in 19

Santos B I (May 8, 1978)

Bienvenido Santos - This Filipino writer reads several of his poems as well as the short story "A Vi

Santos B II (May 8, 1978)

Bienvenido Santos - Santos reads poems and his short story "The House That I Built." He also discuss

Sapphire (August 17, 2012)

Sapphire - Born Ramon Lofton, the poet and fiction writer took the name “Sapphire” beca

Savage (May 10, 1991)

Georgia Savage - THE HOUSE TIBET, is Savage's first novel to be published in the United States. In

Schevill (June 1, 1984)

James Schevill - Schevill, who writes poetry, fiction, and plays, reads from THE AMERICAN FANTASIES:

Schultz (December 12, 1986)

John Schultz - Schultz is a Chicago autho who wrote THE TONGUES OF MEN. He reads a story set during

Schwartz (October 25, 1991)

Howard Schwartz - A collector of Jewish tales of the supernatural, Schwartz explains the origin of t

Scott, Joanna Catherine (June 5, 2002)

Joanna Catherine Scott - This Australian born writer discusses her third novel, The Lucky Gourd Shop

Scott-Fleming (February 1, 1980)

Sonia Scott-Fleming - Scott-Fleming, a British author, reads two stories, "Word Groups" and "Statues

Sedaris, David (October 21, 1998)

David Sedaris - One of public radio's most popular writers, David Sedaris talks about how his writin

Sedaris, David (August 23, 2000)

David Sedaris - Another visit with one of public radio's favorite writers, David Sedaris, this time

See, Lisa (May 8, 2009)

Lisa See - Our recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month features Lisa See, the author of

See, Lisa (July 22, 2011)

Lisa See - Lisa See’s runaway best-selling novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, is now a s

Segal (October 10, 1986)

Lore Segal - Segal, an Austrian-born novelist, reads from HER FIRST AMERICAN and talks about her wor

Shacochis (April 4, 1986)

Bob Shacochis - Shacochis won the 1985 National Book Award for EASY IN THE ISLANDS. Here he reads "H

Shepard, Jim (December 21, 2012)

Jim Shepard - Acclaimed fiction writer Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and several short sto

Sherwood (April 25, 1994)

Frances Sherwood - Sherwood's novel VINDICATION is a fictionalized biography of the mother of Mary S

Shields C (January 26, 1998)

Carol Shields - Author of the best-selling novel THE STONE DIARIES, which won the 1995 Pulitzer and

Shields D (April 23, 1993)

David Shields - The author of two acclaimed novels, DEAD LANGUAGES and HEROES, Shields reads from hi

Silko (December 13, 1991)

Leslie Marmon Silko - A MacArthur grant recipient, Silko reads from THE ALMANAC OF THE DEAD, her lon

Simeti (October 6, 1997)

Mary Simeti - An American author who settled in Sicily in 1962, Simeti talks about her book ON PERSE

Simpson M (January 15, 1988)

Mona Simpson - Simpson reads from ANYWHERE BUT HERE, her acclaimed first novel, and discusses why he

Skarmeta (November 25, 1988)

Antonio Skarmeta - A Chilean writer living in exile in Berlin, Skarmeta writes novels and screenplay

Smiley, Jane (June 5, 1992)

Jane Smiley - Jane Smiley, author of the acclaimed The Age of Grief, reads from her book of novellas

Smiley, Jane (July 27, 2005)

Jane Smiley - Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley, author of A Thousand Acres, talks about her cr

Smith, Alexander McCall (May 9, 2008)

Alexander McCall Smith - Born and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) by his British parents, Smith no

Sontag I (October 15, 1982)

Susan Sontag - Sontag reflects on the eccentric writer Paul Goodman and reads from one of her essays

Sontag II (March 25, 1983)

Susan Sontag - Sontag reads "The Dummy," a short story from her book I, ETCETERA, and talks about ho

Soto I (April 9, 1982)

Gary Soto - Soto writes about his childhood among the migrant farm workers of California's San Joaqu

Soto II (January 10, 1992)

Gary Soto - Soto writes about his childhood among the migrant farm workers of California's San Joaqu

Soto, Gary (October 2, 2009)

Gary Soto - Gary Soto talks about his early beginnings as a poet, and as a poor Mexican-American kid

Spike (September 30, 1983)

Paul Spike - Spike, a prolific fiction writer and journalist, reads from VACAVILLE, a novel set in t

Springer (April 15, 1978)

Marlene Springer - Springer talks about and reads excerpts from WHAT MANNER OF WOMAN: ESSAYS ON ENGL

Stern D (November 27, 1987)

Daniel Stern - Stern is the author of 10 books, including his well-known 1968 novel, THE SUICIDE ACA

Steve Tomasula & Lance Olsen (January 12, 2007)

Steve Tomasula and Lance Olsen - Two experimental fiction writers, Steve Tomasula and Lance Olsen, d

Stewart, Robert (May 2, 2008)

Robert Stewart - New Letters magazine is the winner of the National Magazine Award in the category o

Stone I (June 2, 1989)

Robert Stone - DOG SOLDIERS, Stone's second novel, won the National Book Award in 1974. Here, the au

Stone II (September 4, 1997)

Robert Stone - Stone talks with James McKinley about his craft and his views on America and reads fr

Stratton (March 3, 1989)

Joanna Stratton - In PIONEER WOMEN, a book that has become a cult classic, Stratton presents the sto

Swan (June 6, 1986)

Gladys Swan - Author of ON THE EDGE OF THE DESERT, Swan reads "Flight," a short story.

Swift (September 29, 1997)

Graham Swift - One of Britain's most acclaimed writers, Swift reads from his 1996 Booker Prize winne

Take Me Out to the Ballgame (October 23, 2009)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame - America's Pastime comes to a close for another year in October with th

Tallent (November 11, 1989)

Elizabeth Tallent - A favorite with readers of THE NEW YORKER, Tallent writes quiet, eloquent tales

Tan, Amy (March 28, 2001)

Amy Tan - The author of novels which have to do with spirituality, family, and the culture of her Ch

Tapahonso I (October 9, 1992)

Luci Tapahonso - Tapahonso was born on the Navajo reservation at Shiprock, New Mexico, and grew up t

Taylor, Peter (August 13, 1993)

Peter Taylor - Peter Taylor won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel, A Summons to

Taylor, Peter (November 3, 1980)

Peter Taylor - Peter Taylor, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Malamud Award has written

Taylor R (September 19, 1986)

Robert Taylor Jr. - Robert Taylor Jr. plays the fiddle and reads from his "unusual" novel FIDDLE AND

The Loudest Voice (December 8, 2018)

The Loudest Voice: Grace Paley - A holiday favorite, this highly anthologized short story is read by

Tolstoy I (June 30, 1989)

Nikolai Tolstoy - A descendant of Leo, Nikolai Tolstoy is a historian turned novelist. He reads fro

Tolstoy II (October 20, 1989)

Nikolai Tolstoy - Tolstoy discusses his book THE MINISTER AND THE MASSACRES, in which he charges for

Trillin I (June 11, 1993)

Calvin Trillin - Famous for his work in THE NEW YORKER, Trillin is also well known for his comic syn

Troy, Mary (November 17, 2004)

Mary Troy - Author Mary Troy was born in Florissant, Missouri and later lived in south St. Louis&mda

Unger, Robert (June 9, 1999)

Robert Unger - Author of The Union Station Massacre: The Original Sin of J. Edgar Hoover, Rober

Updike, John (May 5, 1999)

John Updike - One of the grand masters of fiction, John Updike discusses his collection of novellas,

Urrea, Luis Alberto (September 14, 2012)

Luis Alberto Urrea - Luis Alberto Urrea is perhaps best-known for his nonfiction.  His memoir,

Valenzuela (February 12, 1993)

Luisa Valenzuela - This Argentine novelist reads from her book BLACK NOVEL WITH ARGENTINES, a dark m

Viramontes, Helena María (May 1, 2009)

Helena María Viramontes - Helena María Viramontes discusses her fiction, including her 2007

Vizenor, Gerald (October 23, 1992)

Gerald Vizenor - Author of the critically acclaimed The Heirs of Columbus, Gerald Vizenor talks

Vowell, Sarah (June 28, 2006)

Sarah Vowell - Creative nonfiction writer Sarah Vowell talks about her 2005 “travelogue of doo

Walker A (March 30, 1997)

Alice Walker - Author of the beloved novel THE COLOR PURPLE, Walker reads from her favorite book, TH

Walker, Rebecca (February 13, 2002)

Rebecca Walker - Rebecca Walker, a child of the Civil Rights Movement,  talks about her book Bl

Walls, Jeannette (August 11, 2017)

Jeannette Walls - A journalist who worked for such publications as Esquire, New York Magazine, and M

Conger Beasley: Past American Voice (August 18, 2017)

Conger Beasley: Past American Voice - We honor the Past American Voice of Conger Beasley Jr.(1940-20

Waters, Frank (July 12, 1991)

Frank Waters - Perhaps the greatest of southwestern writers, Frank Waters has been nominated twice f

Watts, Stephanie Powell (February 22, 2013)

Stephanie Powell Watts - North Carolina native and former Jehovah's Witness minister, Stephanie Powe

Weaver (May 19, 1989)

Gordon Weaver - Weaver, a winner of the O. Henry Prize and Pushcart Prizes, reads "The Cold" from th

Wideman, John Edgar (November 12, 1985)

John Edgar Wideman - While at the 1985 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, John

Wideman, John Edgar (August 7, 1992)

John Edgar Wideman - John Edgar Wideman reads and discusses his searing novel Philadelphia Fire, whi

Wilkerson (October 14, 2011)

Isabel Wilkerson - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson talks about her 2010 debut boo

Williams, Diane (May 30, 2008)

Diane Williams - Diane Williams, who is known for her very short, experimental fiction, discusses he

Wilson R (March 13, 1992)

Robley Wilson - Wilson is a former editor of THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW and one of the country's high

Winton (May 29, 1992)

Tim Winton - This Australian "wunderkind\" reads from his fifth novel, CLOUDSTREET, and talks about

Wolff, Tobias (May 28, 2010)

Tobias Wolff - Old School, the 2003 novel by Tobias Wolff that was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner A

Wolff G (September 14, 1990)

Geoffrey Wolff - The author of THE DUKE OF DECEPTION reads from his novel THE FINAL CLUB, which is s

Wolff, Tobias (November 27, 1995)

Tobias Wolff - Through his memoir In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War, Tobias Wol

Wolitzer, Hilma (June 16, 1997)

Hilma Wolitzer - A novelist honored with an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award

Women Writers and Community (March 16, 2012)

Women Writers and Community - In this special anthology, we examine how some women writers create ar

Woodrell, Daniel (November 6, 1992)

Daniel Woodrell - Daniel Woodrell, the author of a series of critically acclaimed murder mysteries s

Woodrell, Daniel (January 5, 2000)

Daniel Woodrell - Dubbed as a writer of “country noir,” Daniel Woodrell talks with Mark

Ferguson, Gary (November 4, 2016)

Gary Ferguson - Nature writer and activist Gary Ferguson is the author of nearly two dozen books, in

Yamashita (February 28, 1992)

Karen Yamashita - Yamashita reads from her first novel, THROUGH THE ARC OF THE RAIN FOREST, a futuri

Young, Al (November 7, 1986)

Al Young - Poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer Al Young reads the story "Green Onions, Booker T. a

Young, Al (November 22, 1993)

Al Young - Poet, novelist, and non-fiction writer Al Young discusses combatting black stereotyp

David Sedaris; Save America's Treasures Selection (October 19, 2012)

David Sedaris: Save America's Treasures Selection - Listen to the writer made famous on public radio

Robinson, Marilynne (August 5, 2011)

tly the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction, discusses her classic 1980 novel, Housekeeping, as part of th

Akhtar, Ayad (April 26, 2013)

Ayad Akhtar - Born to Pakistani parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ayad Akhtar grew up in a secular ho

Averill, Thomas Fox (September 6, 2013)

Thomas Fox Averill - It was decades ago when author Thomas Fox Averill heard the song "Tennessee Stu

Woodrell, Daniel (June 21, 2013)

Daniel Woodrell - By the time director Ang Lee adapted the novel Woe to Live On into the 1998 m

Pitts, Leonard (June 14, 2013)

Leonard Pitts, Jr. - For Father’s Day, we revisit 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner, Leonard Pitts Jr

Snicket, Lemony & DiCamillo, Kate (November 30, 2007)

Lemony Snicket & Kate DiCamillo - Both Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler) and Kate DiCa

Parks, Suzan-Lori (March 2, 2005)

Suzan-Lori Parks - In this second half of an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novel

Shumaker, Peggy (July 19, 2013)

Peggy Shumaker - After recovering from a nearly fatal accident, all Peggy Shumaker wanted to do was

Latino Writers Collective (September 13, 2013)

Latino Writers Collective - Members of the Kansas City Latino Writers Collective discuss the importa

Williams, Philip Lee (December 11, 2015)

Philip Lee Williams - The author of 19 books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, Philip Lee William

Doctorow, E.L. (October 25, 2013)

E.L. Doctorow - In November 2013, the National Book Foundation presents the noted novelist E.L. Doct

Benaron, Naomi (November 1, 2013)

Naomi Benaron - Naomi Benaron, a trained scientist, marathon runner, and massage therapist, is also

Pat Conroy Live (November 14, 2013)

Pat Conroy Live - In this live interview at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City, renowned autho

Clarion Collection (January 3, 2014)

Clarion Collection - We celebrate our 2013 Clarion Award for Best Radio Talk/Interview Program from

Doty, Mark (April 3, 2020)

Mark Doty - Esteemed poet Mark Doty discusses his work, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Po

Amiri Baraka: Past American Voice (January 17, 2014)

Amiri Baraka: Past American Voice - In this compilation of archive interviews from 1988 and 1996 alo

Sanchez, Sonia (February 7, 2014)

Sonia Sanchez - February 2014 marks the release of the book adaptation of the documentary, The Black

Baraka, Amiri (July 16, 2003)

Amiri Baraka - In this special celebration of Poet Laureates, we revisit this 1996 interview with pr

Danticat, Edwidge (January 31, 2014)

Edwidge Danticat - Edwidge Danticat returns 15 years after her first interview on New Letters on the

Day, Robert (February 21, 2014)

Robert Day - Kansas native Robert Day has penned several books of fiction and nonfiction, including

American Sanctuaries (October 3, 2014)

American Sanctuaries - New Letters on the Air celebrates public libraries with this special antholog

Ryan, Hank Phillippi (March 7, 2014)

Hank Phillippi Ryan - Acclaimed crime fiction writer and Emmy-winning investigative reporter, Hank P

Enright, Anne (March 14, 2014)

negie Medal for Excellence in Fiction in 2012, Irish author Anne Enright talks about her often darkl

Troncoso, Sergio (September 27, 2019)

Sergio Troncoso - Sergio Troncoso, whose recent essay appears in the 2019, Vol. 85 No. 4 issue of Ne

Min, Anchee (May 16, 2014)

Anchee Min - For best -selling memoirist and fiction writer Anchee Min, 2014 marks both the 20th ann

Brenegan, Debra (July 4, 2014)

Debra Brenegan - In her debut novel, Shame the Devil, Debra Brenegan explores the fascinating t

Carlos Fuentes: Save America's Treasures Selection (September 28, 2012)

Carlos Fuentes: Save America's Treasures Selection - In this 1994 interview by former New Letters on

Keneally, Thomas (July 11, 2014)

Thomas Keneally - The acclaimed author of twenty-nine books, including the well-known Schindler

Burroway, Janet (June 20, 2014)

of the text book Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, Janet Burroway's 2014 book i

Nadine Gordimer Memorial (August 8, 2014)

Nadine Gordimer Memorial - We remember the Nobel Prize-winning South African writer Nadine Gordimer,

Lowry, Lois (August 15, 2014)

Lois Lowry - Acclaimed Newbery Award-winning children's author Lois Lowry's book for young people,&n

González, Rigoberto (June 26, 2015)

Rigoberto González - Inspired by Latino writers Octavio Paz and Gabriel García Marquez to wr

Woodrell, Daniel (October 31, 2014)

man Medal from the Center for Fiction, and his 2013 release, The Maid’s Version, abo

Baxter, Charles (November 14, 2014)

Charles Baxter - Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter has never shied away from writing a

Understanding Others: Transformative Writers (November 28, 2014)

Understanding Others: Transformative Writers - This show features excerpts from six of our 2013 prog

Strayed, Cheryl (December 5, 2014)

Cheryl Strayed - At just twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed made the impulsive decision to trek the 1100 mil

Jackson, Angela (January 16, 2015)

Angela Jackson - In this public reading entitled "Love Letters to Generations," Angela Jackson, a Ch

Back to the Writing Well (December 30, 2016)

Back to the Writing Well - We go "Back to the Writing Well" to hear from writers of place, including

J. California Cooper: Past American Voice (February 13, 2015)

J. California Cooper: Past American Voice - We honor the life of the playwright and American Book Aw

Rodriguez, Linda (November 13, 2015)

Linda Rodriguez - Linda Rodriguez is a self-proclaimed "feminist, activist, and unashamed liberal,"

Martin, Justin (May 30, 2019)

Justin Martin - Justin Martin is the author of several biographies, but his fifth book, Rebel S

Nelson, Antonya (July 14, 2017)

Antonya Nelson - The author of eleven books of short stories and novels, Antonya Nelson appears as U

Trethewey, Natasha (September 7, 2017)

Natasha Trethewey - In the first part of this interview, Mississippi Poet Laureate (2012-16) and gue

Averill, Thomas Fox (December 18, 2015)

Thomas Fox Averill - A longtime resident of Kansas and professor at Washburn University, Thomas Fox

Devine, Maija Rhee (May 1, 2015)

Maija Rhee Devine - As part of Park University's Ethnic Voices Poetry Series at the Kansas City Publ

Smiley, Jane (May 15, 2015)

Jane Smiley - The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of novels, memoirs, and nonfiction, Jane Smiley disc

Caraza, Xánath (June 5, 2015)

Xánath Caraza - Originally from Xalapa, in Veracruz, Mexico, Xánath Caraza likes

Saunders, George (June 12, 2015)

George Saunders - Acclaimed writer George Saunders reads a passage from his prestigious Story Prize-

Phillips, Jayne Anne (March 4, 2016)

Jayne Anne Phillips - As part of the Writers at Work series at the Kansas City Public Library, Jayne

Tanner, Ron (July 3, 2015)

er of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Fiction Prize from BkMk Press. As a result of his 2012 DIY Book Tour,

Browder, Catherine (July 31, 2015)

Catherine Browder - Describing herself as a latecomer to writing, author Catherine Browder discusses

E.L. Doctorow: Past American Voice (August 14, 2015)

f Congress Prize for American Fiction. In this 2005 interview, he discusses his novel, The Marc

Nava, Michael (September 22, 2017)

Michael Nava - As an attorney for the California Supreme Court, Michael Nava moonlighted as a noveli

Díaz, Junot (September 18, 2015)

Junot Díaz - With nearly a decade between his first collection, Drown and his follow-up n

Agosín, Marjorie (September 25, 2015)

Marjorie Agosín - The author of the 2015 International Latino Book Award-winning young adult novel,

Smith, Anna Deavere (November 25, 2016)

Anna Deavere Smith - An Obie Award-winning playwright, MacArthur fellow, and 2015 NEH Jefferson Lect

Vizenor, Gerald (November 6, 2015)

Gerald Vizenor - The author of more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, essays and criticism, Gerald V

Chanukah Tales (December 15, 2017)

Chanukah Tales - Poet Marilyn Kallet reads from her book, One for Each Night: Chanukah Tales and Rec

In the Beginning (January 1, 2016)

In the Beginning - New Letters on the Air explores the spark that ignites writers' imaginations. Pul

Russo, Richard (July 15, 2011)

Richard Russo - Richard Russo, known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls, describes hi

Wright, Kai (February 19, 2016)

Kai Wright - Kai Wright, named the 2016 Features Editor of The Nation, discusses his 2009

Mirriam-Goldberg, Caryn (April 1, 2016)

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg - Kansas Poet Laureate, 2009-2013, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the author of mu

Mitcham, Judson (April 8, 2016)

Judson Mitcham - Georgia State Poet Laureate (2012-2019) Judson Mitcham talks about his psychology b

Trethewey, Natasha (February 2, 2018)

Natasha Trethewey - The 19th U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-14), Natasha Trethewey talks about the role's

Williams, Philip Lee (July 20, 2018)

Philip Lee Williams - In the second half of this interview with Philip Lee Williams, winner of the 2

See, Lisa (May 6, 2016)

Lisa See - The author of several best-selling books, Lisa See returns to New Letters

Geoffrey Brock and Padma Viswanathan (October 27, 2017)

Geoffrey Brock and Padma Viswanathan - In the first half of this conversation with novelist Padma Vi

Berendt, John (June 10, 2016)

AR Now: The Annual Audio Fiction and Arts Festival in Kansas City, where he's joined by audio d

Geoffrey Brock and Padma Viswanathan (November 3, 2017)

Geoffrey Brock and Padma Viswanathan - In the second half of this interview with poet Geoffrey Brock

Terrell, Whitney (June 9, 2017)

Whitney Terrell - Novelist Whitney Terrell talks about his time being embedded with the military in

The Writing Well (November 11, 2016)

The Writing Well - We go to the writing well to fill our creative spirits with advice from several f

Kennedy, Thomas E. (July 22, 2016)

Thomas E. Kennedy - The essay "I Am Joe's Prostate," by Thomas E. Kennedy garnered New Letters

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire (September 23, 2016)

on the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2013, making Sáenz the first Latino writer ever to w

Cisneros, Sandra (September 21, 2018)

Sandra Cisneros - Latina author Sandra Cisneros, a recipient of the 2015 National Medal of

Mitcham, Judson (July 21, 2017)

Judson Mitcham - In the second half of a conversation with Georgia State Poet Laureate (2012-present

Brooks, Geraldine (December 2, 2016)

Geraldine Brooks - Pulitzer Prize winning fiction writer, Geraldine Brooks talks about the

December Festivals (December 20, 2019)

December Festivals - In this special radio anthology, we feature stories and commentary about the De

Mann, Jen (December 21, 2017)

Jen Mann - Kansas blogger Jen Mann talks about her humorous book Spending the Holidays With People I

The World Is One Place (December 1, 2017)

The World Is One Place - Writers Diane Glancy and Linda Rodriguez discuss co-editing the anthology&n

Ní Dhomhnaill, Nuala (March 9, 2018)

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill - Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was born in the UK, but was sent to live with her

McDougall, Jo (September 13, 2019)

Jo McDougall - Named the Poet Laureate of Arkansas in 2018, Jo McDougall discusses her two recent bo

Williams, Diane (September 7, 2018)

ner of the Pushcart Prize for Fiction is the author of eight books, and the editor of the acclaimed

Hall, Rachel (March 23, 2018)

uding New Letters as the Fiction Prize winner of 2004, Rachel Hall discusses her first boo

Watson, Larry (August 10, 2018)

Larry Watson - While at the Woodneath Library Center, novelist Larry Watson reads from his tenth boo

Kent Haruf: Past American Voice (August 4, 2017)

Kent Haruf: Past American Voice - We look back on the life of novelist Kent Haruf (1943-2014), still

Politics and Literature (October 28, 1996)

Politics and Literature - We'll take a peek at 20th Century politicians portrayed in writing--not o

Judith Ortiz Cofer: Past American Voice (September 15, 2017)

Judith Ortiz Cofer: Past American Voice - The work of the late Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-2016) often

Judith Ortiz Cofer: Past American Voice (October 6, 2017)

Judith Ortiz Cofer: Past American Voice - The late Puerto Rican writer Judith Ortiz Cofer talks abou

Geoffrey Brock and Padma Viswanathan (May 20, 2016)

Geoffrey Brock and Padma Viswanathan - In the first half of this conversation with novelist Padma Vi

Gallagher, Matt (May 26, 2018)

Matt Gallagher - Former U.S. Army Captain Matt Gallagher discusses his novel, Youngblood, which draw

Cheers to All the Years (June 26, 2020)

Cheers to All the Years - To show your support for our radio program, email telltheprovost@umkc

Nye, Naomi Shihab (December 14, 2018)

Naomi Shihab Nye - In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose nume

James Alan McPherson: Past American Voice (February 23, 2018)

to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. In this 1991 archive interview with Rebekah Presson, he talks

Stewart, Robert (August 31, 2018)

Robert Stewart - Robert Stewart, the St. Louis born writer and editor of New Letters magazine,

Thomson, Rupert (July 19, 2019)

er's Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction.

Corey, Stephen (January 4, 2019)

Stephen Corey - A three-time Georgia Author of the Year for poetry, Stephen Corey is the editor of t

Nye, Naomi Shihab (June 14, 2019)

Naomi Shihab Nye - Arab-American writer Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis and is now a long-tim

Magariel, Daniel (June 29, 2018)

Daniel Magariel - Daniel Magariel, a Kansas City native, is a young writer who hit it big with his d

O'Nan, Stewart (November 22, 2019)

tor for The Vietnam Reader of Fiction and Nonfiction on the War, Stewart O'Nan didn't begin his care

O'Brien, Tim (May 24, 2019)

Tim O'Brien - Vietnam veteran and National Book Award-winning fiction writer Tim O'Brien discusses h

Livesey, Margot (May 3, 2019)

Margot Livesey - Scottish-born writer Margot Livesey began reading at an early age and later went on

O'Nan, Stewart (November 30, 2018)

Stewart O'Nan - In the second half of this conversation with Stewart O'Nan at the Kansas City Public

Grace Paley: Past American Voice (October 5, 2007)

Grace Paley: Past American Voice - Noted American short story writer and poet Grace Paley passed awa

Saunders, George (July 5, 2019)

George Saunders - George Saunders, the renowned short story writer, talks about his debut novel,&nbs

Proctor, Alan (November 8, 2019)

Alan Proctor - Alan Proctor's book, The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Ex-Patriate, was named on

Gautier, Amina (July 12, 2019)

Amina Gautier - Multi-award winning short story writer, Amina Gautier, shares excerpts from her 2018

Kasischke, Laura (October 18, 2019)

Laura Kasischke - National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet Laura Kasischke muses on topics ra

Nuernberger, Kathryn (January 3, 2020)

Kathryn Nuernberger - Poet and essayist Kathryn Nuernberger, the former editor of Pleiades Press at

Banks, Russell (January 10, 2020)

Russell Banks - Acclaimed novelist, retired Princeton professor and mountain climber, Russell Banks

Kasischke, Laura (November 1, 2019)

Laura Kasischke - National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet Laura Kasischke discusses her jour

Wolitzer, Meg (May 8, 2020)

Meg Wolitzer - New York Times Bestselling author Meg Wolitzer reads from her most recent novel, The

Peacock, Molly (July 15, 2020)

Molly Peacock - American-Canadian essayist, poet and biographer Molly Peacock gives an in-depth look

Lerner, Ben (January 24, 2020)

Ben Lerner - Kansas native Ben Lerner often weaves personal experiences into his writing, which is&n

Ernest Gaines: Past American Voice (February 14, 2020)

Ernest Gaines: Past American Voice - We pay tribute to one of America's best fiction writers, Ernest

Grooms, Anthony (February 21, 2020)

r the 2020 Townsend Prize for Fiction. In part one of this show produced from a presentation at the

Women Writing Women (July 22, 2020)

Women Writing Women - In this special anthology program novelist Meg Wolitzer (shown) and poet Molly

Lerner, Ben (May 1, 2020)

Ben Lerner - MacArthur Fellow Ben Lerner discusses his third acclaimed novel, The Topeka School, a f

Brackett, Virginia (May 22, 2020)

Virginia Brackett - Virginia Brackett, the author of 15 books, discusses her 2019 family memoir, In

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