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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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10:25 am
Mon January 8, 2007

The Power of Langston Hughes

Photo of Langston Hughes is courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection.

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre will present the free performance of some of the Semple stories, and a selection of Hughes' poetry at the Kansas City Public Library on Sunday, January 14th at the Plaza Branch (SOLD OUT, check for waiting list) and Thursday, January 18th at the Central Library. The shows are part a series of script-in-hand performances at the library this year.

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10:25 am
Mon November 20, 2006

Mbembe Milton Smith Remembered

Kansas City poet Mbembe Milton Smith would have been 60 years old this month. He had written four books of poetry before he took his life at the age of 36. Two of Smith's early books were published by UMKC's Bkmk Press, which is re-releasing a copy of his Selected Poems in honor of his birthday.

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10:00 am
Fri November 17, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Illustrator Loren Long

Here, Loren Long reads his "Note to the Reader" from The Little Engine that Could.

Kansas City, MO – From Loren Long's "Note to the Reader"

from The Little Engine that Could:

She would start with a soft whisper . . . I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. Slowly her voice would grow . . . I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. Until finally with a resolute confidence, she'd read . . . I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

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12:25 pm
Mon August 21, 2006

La Muerte

Local writer Gloria Martinez Adams says she responded to her father's death by writing a series of short stories, including La Muerte or A Death in the Family.

Kansas City, MO – For many Latinos, family plays a vital role in your life. And when a family member dies, it can be a time to create shared understandings of family - past, present and future...sometimes, through storytelling.

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10:09 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Lois Lowry Reads from Gossamer

Two time Newbery Medal award winner Lois Lowry 's latest novel is called Gossamer. In this story's fictional world, creatures called Thin One and Littlest bestow dreams. Here Lowry reads an excerpt.

Kansas City, MO – Here Lowry reads an excerpt from the end of the book when the creature called Littlest is going home at the end of the night.

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11:29 am
Mon December 19, 2005

Up to Date: Charles Gusewelle Reads The Hanging of the Green

C.W. Gusewelle joined The Kansas City Star in 1955. He now writes a weekly column published Sundays on the front page of the Metropolitan section. On a recent Up to Date, Gusewelle talked to host Steve Kraske and shared a holiday story.

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11:44 am
Mon November 21, 2005

What's Up with Dads and Porkchop Sandwiches?

Angela Cervantes is one of two Kansas City writers featured in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. Her story included in the collection is about her father and his compadres. Here's Angela Cervantes reading What's Up with Dads and Porkchop Sandwiches?

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9:20 am
Mon November 7, 2005

New Letters on the Air: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove

Poet Rita Dove discusses her life and work during a conversation with Angela Elam from New Letters on the Air.

Kansas City, MO – Akron native Rita Dove finds literary inspiration everywhere for her writing. After penning her first play, she talks about the novelty of playwrighting with Angela Elam from New Letters on the Air.

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11:37 am
Thu October 27, 2005

Halloween Spooktacular Stories by Kansas Citians

Today in the US, Halloween seems to have lost most of its spiritual connections. Some diverse voices in Kansas City share their experiences about the holiday and frightening stories from their cultures.

Halloween Spooktacular Stories by Kansas Citians

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