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8:00 am
Wed November 12, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Matt Sax

24-year-old actor and playwright Matt Sax talks about his hip-hop musical, Clay. Full of Shakespearian undertones, the play is a coming-of-age story that follows a young man's journey from a broken home to musical stardom.

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12:03 pm
Tue November 11, 2008

Screamland

Harold Sipe and H?ctor Casanova joined us in KCUR studio to talk about their new graphic novel, Screamland, which explores the run-down lives of monsters trying to find work in troubling times.

Kansas City, MO – Listen to the program

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2:28 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

The World According to Baxter Black

Author, cowboy poet and NPR Commentator Baxter Black stopped by the KCUR studios for a chat about his latest book, "The World According to Baxter Black: Quips, Quirks & Quotes."

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8:05 am
Wed November 5, 2008

New Letters on the Air: The Elegy

With a nod to the Day of the Dead, this program looks at the poetic form that honors death?the elegy. It features elegiac poets, Stanley Plumly and Patricia Clark.

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10:09 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Kansas City Public Library Receives National Medal

Five museums and five libraries, including the Kansas City Public Library, received the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service at the White House on Tuesday.

Kansas City, MO – Each year, the federal institute of Museum and Library Services, in coordination with the White House, presents the medal to 10 museums and libraries for their civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions.

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12:25 pm
Sun July 20, 2008

Children's Book Writer Derrick Barnes

Writer Derrick Barnes

Children's book author Derrick Barnes has just released the first two books in his new series called Ruby and the Booker Boys. For Barnes, who lives in Kansas City, writing this new series for second and third graders was a big change from the young adult books he'd been writing.

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3:32 pm
Tue May 13, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen

Walter Bargen is the author of at least a dozen collections of poetry. Writing for decades under what he describes as a blanket of anonymity, this coordinator in the Assessment Resource Center of the University of Missouri's College of Education was recently uncovered when Governor Blunt appointed him the first Poet Laureate of Missouri.

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10:33 am
Tue May 13, 2008

New Letters Wins Pushcart Prize for Fiction

New Letters, the quarterly literary magazine based at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has garnered another prestigious literary award.

Kansas City, MO – The story "Progressive Dinner" by fiction writer John Barth, published in New Letters (winter 2007), has been selected for a Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. The Pushcart honors the best poetry, short fiction, and essays published in small presses over the previous year.

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9:52 am
Mon April 28, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Poet Stanley E. Banks

Poet Stanley E. Banks

Kansas City poet Stanley Banks talks about his life and work.

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3:46 pm
Tue April 15, 2008

<I>Primera P?gina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland</I>

Primera P?gina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland is the new anthology by the Latino Writers Collective, a group of Latino writers who meet to critique and hone their poetry for readings and publication. The collection includes more than a dozen voices, and in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll hear two of the poets read their work.

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3:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2008

Officer Connects High School Students to Inmates

KC-MO Police Officer Chato Villalobos works with a group of teenage poets on Breaking Pinatas - a presentation of dance, music and poetry at the Guadalupe Center on Thursday, April 17.

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2:38 pm
Mon April 14, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Chato Villalobos Reads from Primera P?gina

Kansas City, Missouri, police officer Chato Villalobos has been involved in the performing arts for more than 15 years as a dancer and actor. He's a new member of the Latino Writers Collective.

Kansas City, MO – Here, Villalobos reads a poem called "Brown Eyes in Blues." He says he views his role as a police officer as a "prideful position", but his poem explores the Latino community's conflicting relationship with the police.

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9:13 am
Mon April 14, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Maria Vasquez Boyd Reads from Primera P?gina

A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Maria Vasquez Boyd's background is in painting and illustration. She says she only started writing poetry in the last few years.

Kansas City, MO – Vasquez Boyd says this poem called "Adios, Barbie" was inspired by a conversation with her college-aged daughter who told her about a lecture she attended about Barbie and the changing perceptions of women.

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1:25 pm
Sun April 13, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Jenny Prado Reads from Primera P?gina

Jenny Prado says the Latino Writers Collective has provided a supportive outlet for her writing. Prado describes herself as a "small town girl who became closer to her 'Brownness' during college years."

Kansas City, MO – Here, she reads a poem called "La Primera Manana" (The First Morning).

This poem is published in the anthology called Primera P?gina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland.

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12:36 pm
Sun April 13, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Linda Rodriguez Reads from Primera P?gina

Linda Rodriguez is a founding board member of the Writers Place and founder/coordinator of the annual Kansas City Women Writers Reading Series.

Kansas City, MO – Here, Rodriguez reads a poem from the collection called "Dreaming of My Late Mother-in-Law's House."

This poem is published in the anthology called Primera P?gina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland.

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11:13 am
Sun April 13, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Gloria Martinez Adams Reads from Primera P?gina

Gloria Martinez Adams is one of the co-founders of the Latino Writers Collective. She grew up in Arizona, but says her relatives in New Mexico who told stories around a wood burning stove influenced her storytelling approach.

Kansas City, MO – Here, Gloria Martinez Adams reads three stanzas from her poem called "Walled Mountain Ghost Town." She says this piece is her personal account of growing up in the Southwest and why she left.

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2:30 pm
Mon March 31, 2008

Angela Cervantes Reads

Angela Cervantes is a member of the Latino Writers Collective and an occasional contributor to KC Currents. Her story A House of Women was a runner-up in an audio competition sponsored by the literary magazine The Missouri Review.

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10:57 am
Thu March 27, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Sara Paretsky

Novelist Sara Paretsky is famous for her stories about the female private investigator, V. I. Warshawski. She usually sets these stories in Chicago, where the author has lived for the last 40 years. But Paretsky's 2008 novel, Bleeding Kansas, is very different from her others.

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12:55 pm
Mon March 17, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Poet Edward P. Jones

This week, novelist Edward P. Jones visits Kansas City as the Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence at UMKC. Jones grew up in Washington DC, and that was the setting of his first book of short stories, Lost in the City.

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12:04 pm
Wed March 12, 2008

Constructing a Comic Book: Hector Casanova

Kansas City artist Hector Casanova is an illustrator, artist and creates comic books. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross stopped by his studio in the West Bottoms to learn more about how he constructs the stories he tells in comic book form.

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8:08 am
Fri February 29, 2008

Poet Andres Rodriguez

Kansas City poet Andres Rodriguez recently won a prestigious award for emerging writers from Poets and Writers magazine. Rodriguez has been writing for decades - he's the author of a literary study of the 19th century poet John Keats and a book called Night Song.

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8:24 am
Tue February 19, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Kevin Young

During the month of February, KCUR's Sunday morning program, New Letters on the Air is featuring writers who pay tribute to those who came before them. Kevin Young is an award-winning poet who was raised in Topeka and now teaches at Emory University in Atlanta.

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1:19 pm
Mon February 4, 2008

Artist Paints Negro Leaguers for Children's Book

Original oil paintings from the book We Are the Ship are now being exhibited at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum through April 13th. Kadir Nelson recently spoke with KCUR's Maria Carter about the book.

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8:45 am
Mon November 19, 2007

Former Chiefs Player Turns History Prof

With all the academic work, ex-lineman and UMKC professor Pellom McDaniels also finds time to write poetry and paint. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross recently asked him about the relationship between his different pursuits.

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12:24 pm
Mon October 29, 2007

Kansas Cowgirls

Cowgirls Billie Franks and Jan Lyons at the Kansas City Public Library.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Photographer Ronnie Farley speaks about her book Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West.

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12:02 pm
Tue October 16, 2007

Novelist Chris Crutcher and Truthtelling

Chris Crutcher says when he first read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, it was a life-altering experience. It was the first time he'd read a book that spoke directly to him. Tapping into an authentic voice continues to be a goal for Crutcher as an award-winning author of books for young adults.

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9:38 am
Tue October 16, 2007

Stacey Tolbert discusses <i>People Poems</i>

Stacey Tolbert, the first poet-in-residence at the Kansas City Public Library.
courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library

The latest Kansas City Women Writers series will feature one writer who recently moved away from Kansas City.

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2:31 pm
Sun August 12, 2007

Children's Book Author Writes the Way Kids Talk

Derrick Barnes saw himself as a poet when he was in college, and tried his hand at writing a sex column while he was there. He later moved back to Kansas City, his hometown, and began writing for Hallmark. All of these experiences came together in his most recent book.

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3:57 pm
Mon July 30, 2007

Constructing a Comic Book: Hector Casanova

A page from Hector Casanova's comic book-in-progess, Screamland.

Kansas City artist Hector Casanova is an illustrator, artist and creates comic books. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross stopped by his studio in the West Bottoms to learn more about how he constructs the stories he tells in comic book form.

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8:05 am
Tue May 15, 2007

WEB EXTRA: Connie Dover Reads <I>Suler Monday</I>

Celtic singer and songwriter Connie Dover's first published collection of poetry is called Winter Count (published by Unholy Day Press). Dover's poems have already received acclaim, including this from poet Li-Young Lee: "A lively blend of narrative and song, the voice in these poems...speaks out of the richness of family canon and apocrypha." Here, she reads the poem Suler Monday.

Kansas City, MO – Suler Monday

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