Archive for Sunday, May 2, 1999


May 2, 1999


Missouri press

looking for poetry

Warrensburg, Mo. -- Mid-America Press Inc. has issued a call for 48- to 148-page poetry manuscripts by regional poets who have not previously published a full-length book of poems.

The manuscript competition offers a $500 cash award and publication for a poetry manuscript by a previously unpublished-in-book-form writer living in Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska or Oklahoma.

Manuscript deadline is Sept. 30. There is a $20 reading fee.

Interested writers may request guidelines by sending a No. 10 self-addressed, stamped envelop to Mid-America Press Inc., P.O. Box 575, Warrensburg, Mo. 64093-0575.

'New Letters' lists

May lineup

Kansas City, Mo. -- "New Letters on the Air," a literary program broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on KCUR-FM 89.3, has announced its lineup for May.

Today, the show will feature an archive interview with Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, who talks about his collection of novellas, "The Orange Tree," and how he weaves cultural history and fiction together.

Fiction writer John Updike talks about his newest collection of novellas, "Bech at Bay," on the May 9 show. He also discusses his inclination toward serial novels and looks back at how his life shaped his fiction.

On May 16, Michele Wolf, a New York poet, reads from his first book of poetry, "Conversations During Sleep," and talks about how her life as a magazine writer-editor inspires her work.

David Lehman, founder and editor of The Best American Poetry series, talks about his editorial work and how it contrasts and competes with his own writing of poetry on May 23. He will read from his 1996 collection, "Valentine Place," and a manuscript in progress.

May 30, Arthur Golden, author of the novel "Memoirs of a Geisha," talks about how the book took a decade to write, his research and his writing process.

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