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Double issue highlights award-winning literature

New Letters continues its 75th year of quarterly publication with a double-issue for spring. Published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the issue’s cover features photography by James Bogan. Inside, Bogan contributes a delightful look at the relaxing qualities of hammocks in his essay “Hammock Variations,” and warns people of “The Perils of Poetic Film Making.”

Containing more than 250 pages of new poems, stories, essays, reviews and art, the issue presents the three winning entries from the 2008 New Letters Awards for Writers: the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award winner “Dirt Men,” by Tim Johnston; the New Letters Poetry Award winner Laurie Zimmerman, for four poems; and the Dorothy Churchill Cappon Essay Award winner Robyn Anspach, for the essay “Three Hooks.”

The issue also features an essay by frequent contributor and award-winning writer, Thomas E. Kennedy, introducing an American audience to the poetry of Denmark’s great poet Dan TureÌll. Kennedy delivers a profile of the artist and translates several of “Uncle Danny’s” poems.

Robert Stewart, in his New Letters editor’s note, announces the successful drive to raise the matching funds necessary to “ensure the survival, restoration, and future access of 30-years’ worth of New Letters on the Air audio recordings. A call for help brought an outstanding show of support from nationally prominent writers, from our colleagues in the communications department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and from the College, itself.”

Subscriptions to New Letters are $36 for two years and $22 for one year. Call (816) 235-1168 or visit to join the New Letters family of subscribers.

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. Celebrating 75 years, 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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