Steve Kraske talks with Walter Bargen about his new book of poems and the art of writing.
By Up to Date
Kansas City, MO – Walter Bargen, who was appointed Missouri's first poet laureate in January 2008 sits down with Steve Kraske to discuss his writing, including a new book of poems Days Like This Are Necessary: New and Selected Poems.
For Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15), Latina author Sandra Cisneros discusses her groundbreaking classic novel, "The House on Mango Street," which was released in a special 25th anniversary edition in 2009 with a new forward essay by Cisneros.
We take a look at books about writing, the lives of writers, the writing craft, literary biographies and even books featuring great writer characters -- from Jo in Little Women to the character of Joe Gould in Joe Gould's Secret.
The American Library Association designates September as Library Card Sign-up Month for students, so we've created this audio anthology of poets, novelists, and memoirists, who talk about how they found inspiration and refuge in the libraries of their youth.
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.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg started a new post on July 1, 2009, as the Poet Laureate of the State of Kansas. Here, Mirriam-Goldberg reads her poem "Your Heart Has No Gate."
By Laura Lorson, Kansas Public Radio (KPR)
Lawrence, KS – "Your Heart Has No Gate" is included in Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's latest collection of poetry, called "Landed." Mirriam-Goldberg's memoir, "The Sky Begins at Your Feet," was also published in 2009.
Known for her Ivy + Bean series of children's books, Annie Barrows never dreamed the outcome of the request of her aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer, to revise Shaffer's manuscript for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Rodriguez has now published her first full book of poems, called Heart's Migration. Two of the poems in Rodriguez's new book recently caught the attention of Garrison Keillor, who read them on his show 'The Writer's Almanac.'
Like the playwright, William Inge, who came from Independence, James Still comes from another small town in Kansas--Pomona. In this interview, Still talks about his beginnings, and how that led to writing over 15 plays, including The Heavens are Hung in Black, commissioned by Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. to premiere in 2009 on the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
The Book Doctors pay us a visit to share the latest literary news. During the second half, we talk about nature writing and books on the environment. Tune in to hear about books that invoke the beauty of the world, in some cases with the intention of helping to preserve it.
It's not uncommon to get a little upset when your spouse wins in a card game, but is it worth killing for? Steve Kraske talks with author Gary Pomerantz about his latest book, the setting of which takes place in Kansas City.
The Book Doctors join us to give summer reading tips and local literary news.
By The Walt Bodine Show, May 21, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – The Book Doctors join us to give summer reading tips and local literary news.
In honor of recent celebrations of Mother's Day, and upcoming Father's Day festivities, we talk about books that feature memorable parental characters, or that explore the complexities of the parent/child relationship.
Co-founder of the infamous and now defunct Spy magazine, Kurt Andersen is a long-time journalist, who's also written fiction and essays and is now known as the host of the public radio program Studio 360.
From his own experiences in the garden to tracking meals back to their sources, Michael Pollan writes about our relationship to the food we eat. The author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan has written not only about what we eat but where our food comes from and the impact our food choices have.
This week, the Obamas opened their first White House poetry jam; something that caught the attention of a lot of spoken word poets here in Kansas City. It just so happens that one of the poets chosen to perform at White House will be here on Tuesday, May 19, at the monthly poetry jam at the American Jazz Museum.