New Letters Magazine Looks Back

The latest edition of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s New Letters Magazine features pieces that look at the turbulent past through the lens of time.

In his essay “Hippies and Beats,” award-winning writer Edward Hoagland recollects his experiences with the distinct cultures of the 1950s and ‘60s. A debut memoir from Paula Streeter recalls – in a matter-of-fact style – the brutal events of her earlier life in Honduras.  Lewis Ellingham’s essay contemplates knowledge, longing, and meaning in his ultimate victory over cancer.

The magazine, promoting international literature and art, includes an array of paintings by Tony Naponic and one of his short stories.

“He was supposed to be famous,” art historian Elisabeth Kirsch writes in her introduction to his art.  “These paintings have raucous, decipherable narratives,” she says, “but they simmer with multilayered implications.”

Also included is Dave Smith’s essay about dogs, hunting, and poetry.  Renowned writer Philip Gerard offers his opinion about what makes compelling literature and what does not in his essay, “Why Are You Telling Me This.” In Brian Doyle’s short story, a grandson reminisces about his grandfather when he revisits their unfinished game of chess.

The issue contains poems and short stories from Albert Goldbarth, Joseph Millar, Alice Friman, William Trowbridge, Ishion Hutchinson, M. Shahid Alam, Mike White and Gladys Swan.

Subscriptions to New Letters are $22 per year (four issues), with discounts for longer subscriptions.  Call (816) 235-1168 or visit to order.

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