New Letters on the Air

New Letters on the Air

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Hosted by: Angela Elam
Genre: Talk Show

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About the Show

NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR is a weekly half-hour show that has been entertaining and informing audiences about contemporary writers and literature since 1977. Each week, the program focuses on a writer of poetry, fiction or essays, either in an intimate interview or in a public reading before an audience. Post-produced with narrative and music, NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR gives insight into the creative writing process and the universal stories that writers tell. Though educational, NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR is not pedantic, and the conversation is often filled with laughter as authors discuss and read from their books. Recent guests include poets Sherman Alexie, Naomi Shihab Nye, Billy Collins, and Alicia Ostriker; dramatists August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Tony Kushner; essayists Meghan Daum, Susan Orlean, and David Sedaris; fiction writers Richard Russo, Jane Smiley, and Ha Jin. The program also features less-familiar but remarkable writers whose work and contributions are equally engaging. “Most people have a creative streak, whether they’re interested in writing or not,” says Angela Elam, host of NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR.”I hope by exploring the writer’s process and hearing work that captures the essence of our lives, the program will inspire listeners to do something creative in their own way.”


A lawyer-turned-poet, Monica Youn has written three books of poetry, and now teaches creative writing in New York. Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, she reveals why she felt the need to leave […]
Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess is interviewed by Kansas City’s own poet laureate of 18th and Vine, Glenn North. Jess reads from his latest book of poetry, OLIO, which delves into the voices of African […]
National Poetry Month begins with Edward Hirsch, “MacArthur genius” who heads up the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation and was the editor of THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2016. In the first part of this interview, he talks […]
Women’s History Month concludes with Kathryn Nuernberger. The former editor of Pleiades Press at the University of Central Missouri, she now teaches in Minnesota. Nuernberger talks about the differences in publishing versus editing the work […]
In this presentation at the Kansas City Public Library, Laura Kasischke talks about some of her novels and short fiction, for which she won the Independent Publisher Book Award, and shares some of her poetry […]
We celebrate Women’s History Month with Amina Gautier. While at the Pleiades Visiting Writers Series at the University of Central Missouri, Gautier shares pieces from her PEN/Malamud Award-winning short story collection, THE LOSS OF ALL […]
While at the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library, Rupert Thomson discusses and reads from his latest book Anyone Else but You, a novel about early 1900s lovers Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, […]
We kick off Women’s History Month with poet Ellen Bass, who discusses how, after being married and having two children, she came to discover another part of her sexuality and committed to a more than […]
Our celebration of Black History Month continues with Marcus Jackson. This Cave Canem Fellow reads from his debut collection NEIGHBORHOOD REGISTER and his newest book PARDON MY HEART. Jackson, an Ohio native who teaches in […]
Glenn North, the inaugural Poet Laureate of the 18th and Vine Historic District, shares passages from his recent book CITY OF SONG, inspired by Kansas City’s rich jazz tradition. In this presentation at the Kansas […]

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