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 begin our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month with Xanath Caraza, a two-time International Latino book award winner in 2018. In part...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Our celebration of State Poets Laureate takes us to the lower midwest through the work of Jo McDougall, Arkansas Poet Laureate (2018-2022). She di...

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Our celebration of State Poets Laureate continues with part two of a former Kansas Poets Laureate reading, sponsored by the Kansas Area Watershed C...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Our celebration of State Poets Laureate continues with a look back at previous holders of the title in Kansas. Part one of this public reading feat...

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  • Added: Sep 04, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We continue our series on State Poets Laureate with the most recent California State Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia. In this archive interview, the Cali...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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We continue our series on current State Poets Laureate with New York's Alicia Ostriker. The New York State Poet (2018-2020) is a feminist, critic, ...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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We continue our month-long series that features current State Poets Laureate with Alberto Ríos, named Arizona's inaugural Poet Laureate in 2013. In...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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We kick off a month-long series in August that features current State Poets Laureate with Beth Ann Fennelly. The Mississippi Poet Laureate since 20...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Poet and muralist Jose Faus was born in Bogota, Colombia but grew up in Kansas, just across the Missouri border. In this interview in front of an a...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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British writer Rupert Thomson discusses his eleventh novel, NEVER ANYONE BUT YOU, shortlisted for the 2018 American Library in Paris Book Award, t...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2019
  • Length: 29:00