New Letters magazine discusses the power of art

KANSAS CITY, MO. – The Vol. 77, No. 2 edition of New Letters – the University of Missouri-Kansas City‘s (UMKC) international magazine of writing and art – discusses the theme of power in relation to the enduring nature of art and its ability to lend people a reprieve from the forward momentum of time.

“We offer in this issue, then, a way to view this still point, or, as F.O. Matthiessen once called it, ‘a timeless release from the outer compulsions of the world,’ in which art conquers time,” said Robert Stewart, New Letters editor.

In keeping with the theme of the enduring power of art, the issue features an essay memorializing poet Phil Miller, a teacher and a leader in the Kansas City literary community, alongside one of his poems.

The 200-page issue’s other highlights include poetry, fiction and an essay by the New Letters Literary Award winners, whose works were chosen by judges Mia Leonin, Daniel Woodrell and David Shields. Poetry by Kim Addonizio, an interview with Walter Cummins and an essay and photo spread of Paris’ legendary George Whitman on his 97th birthday also are featured. The cover art for the edition is by Lisa Grossman.

New Letters is published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and distributed worldwide. Subscriptions are available for $22 per year (four issues), with discounts for longer subscriptions. To order, call (816) 235-1168, email or visit

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