Search Results: Nonfiction


2009 Review (December 25, 2009)

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

González, Rigoberto (October 7, 2016)

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

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

American Greats (June 29, 1998)

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

Amichai, Yehuda (September 12, 2001)

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

Baca (April 12, 1991)

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

Baker W (July 26, 1985)

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

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

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

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

Blackmarr, Amy (October 6, 1999)

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

Blount (June 16, 1989)

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

Bragg, Rick (January 13, 1999)

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

Buckley (June 10, 1996)

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

Burroway, Janet (September 17, 2003)

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

Castillo (October 21, 1996)

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

Chen, Da (January 2, 2002)

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

Cherry, Kelly (November 18, 1998)

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

Chicago, Judy (March 3, 1999)

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

Codrescu (January 1, 1988)

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

Cofer, Judith Ortiz (May 5, 1998)

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

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

Dillard (October 2, 1987)

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

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, Mark (June 30, 1999)

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

Edel (January 6, 1989)

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

Ehrlich (November 15, 1991)

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

Ellis (October 29, 1995)

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

Fennelly, Beth (August 2, 2019)

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

Finn, Maria (January 21, 2011)

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

Garrett (November 11, 1988)

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

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

Glancy (December 13, 1993)

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

Gonzalez (October 16, 1992)

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

Gopnik, Adam (November 11, 1998)

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

Gordon, Mary (March 16, 2005)

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

Hampl, Patricia (November 28, 2008)

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

Holm (January 25, 1991)

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

Kincaid, Jamaica (March 8, 2013)

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

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

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

Lopez, Barry (September 30, 1998)

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

Lopez, Steve (August 27, 2010)

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

Mason, Bobbie Ann (September 15, 1999)

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

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

Mitchell, Stephen (December 22, 2004)

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

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

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

Orlean, Susan (May 25, 2005)

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

Outtake Heaven (October 14, 1998)

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

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

Rankine, Claudia (February 13, 2009)

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

Ray, David (November 5, 2003)

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

Reed, Ishmael (February 20, 2002)

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

Robinson, Marilynne (September 29, 1989)

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

Rodriguez, Richard (May 3, 2006)

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

Sale (October 2, 1992)


Santiago, Esmeralda (September 14, 2005)

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

Sedaris, David (October 21, 1998)

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

Smiley, Jane (July 27, 2005)

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

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

Springer (April 15, 1978)

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

Stewart, Robert (May 2, 2008)

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

Unger, Robert (June 9, 1999)

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

Urrea, Luis Alberto (September 14, 2012)

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

Vowell, Sarah (June 28, 2006)

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

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

Wilkerson (October 14, 2011)

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

Ferguson, Gary (November 4, 2016)

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

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

Pitts, Leonard (June 14, 2013)

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

Shumaker, Peggy (July 19, 2013)

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

Williams, Philip Lee (December 11, 2015)

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

Clarion Collection (July 31, 2020)

Clarion Collection - We begin our "Classics Series" with our program celebrating our 2013 Clarion Aw

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

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

Enright, Anne (March 14, 2014)

Anne Enright - Winner of the first ever Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction in 2012, Iri

Min, Anchee (May 16, 2014)

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

Burroway, Janet (June 20, 2014)

Janet Burroway - Renowned poet, novelist, playwright, creative writing teacher and author of the tex

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

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

Martin, Justin (May 30, 2019)

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

Trethewey, Natasha (September 7, 2017)

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

Smiley, Jane (May 15, 2015)

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

Tanner, Ron (July 3, 2015)

Ron Tanner - Ron Tanner has been crafting stories for decades, but it was his turn-of the-century mo

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

Chanukah Tales (December 15, 2017)

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

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

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

Kennedy, Thomas E. (July 22, 2016)

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

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

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

Cheers to All the Years (June 26, 2020)

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

Stewart, Robert (August 31, 2018)

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

Corey, Stephen (January 4, 2019)

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

Nuernberger, Kathryn (January 3, 2020)

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

Brackett, Virginia (May 22, 2020)

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

Favorites (July 24, 2020)

Favorites - This program features excerpts from shows of the past decade with multi-award winning p

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