Author Clancy Martin presents keynote speech at New Letters Writing Conference

Event runs June 25 through June 27

Clancy Martin, Pushcart Prize winner for fiction and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, “How to Sell” (Farrar Strauss & Giroux, 2009), will present the keynote address for New Letters‘ Weekend Writing Conference at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 25 at Diastole, 2501 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo. The conference will continue through June 27.

A modern renaissance man, Clancy Martin is an associate professor of philosophy in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, his story – “The Best Jeweler” – won the Pushcart Prize. In 2009, “How to Sell” was published in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. His short fiction has appeared in NOON, McSweeney’s, The Lifted Brow and others.

The New Letters Weekend Writing Conference will offer instruction in several genres of writing for adults of all ages and writing levels. Among the distinguished faculty members are poets Trish Reeves and Stanley E. Banks; screenwriter Mitch Brian; playwright Frank Higgins; fiction writer Catherine Browder; and nonfiction writers Joe Miller, Loring Leifer and Robert Stewart – who also serves as editor of New Letters magazine, UMKC’s international magazine of writing and art.

Visiting students can register beginning on April 26, and UMKC students can register immediately. The New Letters Weekend Writing Conference takes place each June through UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Continuing Education Division. It is available for noncredit or college credit. To learn more or register for the conference, contact the Continuing Education Division at (816) 235-2736.

New Letters is available by subscription for $22 per year (four issues). Call (816) 235-1168 or email to order.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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