Steve Kraske talks with former First Lady Laura Bush about her new memoir "Spoken from the Heart".
Many in America remember former First Lady Laura Bush as a one-dimensional person - the wife of the most powerful man in the world - who for the most part shied away from the political affairs of her own or those that defined her husband's presidency.
Chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2009, How to Sell is a funny expose novel about the jeweler's trade, in which author Clancy Martin worked for many years before becoming an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Bestselling author and National Book Award-winner Nathanial Philbrick reveals the context and realities of Custer's unexpected 1876 defeat at the hands of his Indian enemies under Sitting Bull, and the character of each leader.
A literary editor since she graduated from college, Hilda Raz became a public poet after she was sent by Prairie Schooner to the Breadloaf writing conference to represent the magazine, and there, found her own poetic voice as well.
Beth Ann Fennelly has written four books in the last decade, working in creative partnership with her husband, novelist Tom Franklin. Born in New Jersey and raised in Illinois, she talks about her relocation to Mississippi and how the south now reverberates in her work.
Journalist Roxana Saberi shares her experiences of being imprisoned in Iran while researching a book on Iranian society.
Journalist Roxana Saberi spent 4 months in an Iranian prison for espionage in 2009 while researching her book on Iranian society. While the charges were false, the experience led Saberi to speak out about prisoners of conscience in Iran.
New Letters on the Air remembers Robert Dana, former poet laureate of Iowa, who passed away in February, 2010. Recorded on his 80th birthday in 2009, he reminisces about attending the Iowa Writers Workshop after World War II, and being in class with poets Donald Justice and Henri Coulette.
April is poetry month, and at the end of the month, high school students from around the country will be competing in the National Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
By Sylvia Maria Gross
Kansas City, MO – Representing Kansas will be Shawnee Mission North sophomore Casha Mills. She told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her passion for poetry, theater, and gave a taste of her reading.
Native American poet Ray Young Bear has been writing since he was a teenager on the Meskawki settlement in Iowa, translating poems from his native language into English. Poet and writer Sherman Alexie has said, "I am not exaggerating when I say that Ray Young Bear is the best poet in Indian Country."
By Dennis Conrow, Assistant Producer, New Letters on the Air
Walter Bargen's two year term as the state's top poetry official ends this month.
By Maureen McCollum
Columbia, MO – Poet Walter Bargen talks about his active role promoting poetry in the state of Missouri. And he reads a kind of commentary on the position, called, Poet as Grand Marshall of the Fall Parade.