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The spring edition of New Letters quarterly, an international magazine of writing and art published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, features the winners of its 2014 international Literary Awards.

Mark Waganeer of Denton, Texas, won first-place poetry award; Nicole E. Miller of Chevy Chase, Md., wrote the award-winning essay; and Meghan Gilliss of Portland, Maine, won in the fiction category.

This issue also features an interview with poet Ellen Bryant Voight; fiction and photography from author Margo Berdeshevsky and a “behind the scenes” article by former “New Letters” staff member Glenda McCrary. For this issue, a ceramic sculpture of a gas pump by artist Linda Lighton was selected as the cover art.

This volume is filled with writing and art that conveys the zeitgeist of 2015, looking for meaning in personal or borrowed memories. Berdeshevsky captures scenes of Paris after the Charlie Hebdo attack, and Lighton’s sculpture addresses a global obsession with violence and the control of material resources. “The times right now can seem grim,” writes New Letters editor-in-chief Robert Stewart, “but literary and visual artists stand by us, here, as witnesses to the times.”

New Letters is published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and distributed worldwide; subscriptions are $28 per year, and single issues are $12 each. Call 816- 235-1168 or visit New Letters magazine subscription to order.

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