Artists’ attitudes theme of New Letters

The new issue of New Letters magazine of writing and art, volume 79 no. 1, celebrates the writer Don Lee, author of the novel The Collective and others.  The publication features an interview with Lee and an excerpt from the book.

The issue also showcases the work of the late nature artist William Wind McKim (1916-1995), and the printmaker Leonard Koenig.  McKim’s essay, “A Butterfly in My Book,” reflects on his “pursuit of animal life.”  His paintings and lithographs, “Bull,” “Winter’s End” and “Bobcat and Wild Turkey,” among others, show his animal captives.

Editor Robert Stewart, in his essay “The Radio Show,” celebrates the 35th anniversary of New Letters on the Air and how it has helped “poetry make a lasting imprint on the community.”  This issue features New Letters on the Air poets Peter Balakian,  Albert Goldbarth,  Adrian C. Louis,  Denise Low,  William Trowbridge and Carolyne Wright.

In Brian Doyle’s story, “The Detours,” a musician remembers a perfect performance and its lasting effect.  The issue also features new fiction from Kim Addonizio and Wendell Mayo.

New Letters is the international magazine of writing and art, published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Subscriptions are available for $22 per year (four issues), with discounts for longer subscriptions.  Call (816) 235-1168 or visit to order. Copies of the newest release are available for purchase on campus at the New Letters offices located in University House, 5101 Rockhill Road.

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