New Letters on the Air

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Listening to New Letters on the Air is like eavesdropping on intimate conversations with favorite writers who reveal secrets about their creative methods, read a few favorite passages, and inspire the listener's imagination.

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.

Each show is self-contained and undated, except for the occasional holiday or theme related program. 30- and 60-second produced promos are provided weekly on the PRSS promo satellite feeds and on Content Depot. Written promos are posted weekly on the DACS along with the timings and cues. Other distribution methods are available.

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. Our archive programs contain many Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, along with recipients of other major literary awards. 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."

Series

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NOTE: ALL EPISODES CAN STAND ALONE; NO OBLIGATION TO RUN THE ENTIRE SERIES. This five-episode series of one-hour programs features 17 of the men and women who have served as United States Poet Laureates over the past four decades, from the late Howard Nemerov (1963-64) to Donald Hall (beginning 2006). These conversations and readings of poetry vary from humorous to heavy, but are always thought-provoking, and are perfect for National Poetry Month in April, though they can be used anytime.


Pieces

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We continue Women's History Month with Kim Shuck,San Francisco's seventh Poet Laureate and the first from a recognized Native Nation. While at Hask...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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This month's Save America's Treasures recording, features the late, great poet Adrienne Rich, known for her perfectly crafted, award winning poems....

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Patricia Smith, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellow and the 2018 winner of the coveted Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, reads this time from ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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We bridge Black History and Women's History Months with DaMaris Hill, the youngest and first living American poet to be signed to Bloomsbury Publis...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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We continue Black History Month with Anthony Grooms, the author of BOMBINGHAM, who reads from his newest novel, THE VAIN CONVERSATION, based on a 1...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Black History Month continues with a tribute to one of America's best fiction writers, Ernest Gaines (1933-2019.This Past American Voices episode f...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Patricia Smith is the author of eight poetry books and a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion. In part one of this conversation, she reads from ...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess reads from his multi-award winning poetry book, OLIO, delving into the voices of African American creatives in ...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Kansas native Ben Lerner penned three collections of poetry before turning to fiction. While at the Kansas City Public Library, Lerner reads from h...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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New Letters on the Air features Glenn North, the inaugural Poet Laureate of the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District. This Cave Canem fellow shares...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2020
  • Length: 29:00