Nov 21, 2006    #168
Contact: Nick Barron

New Letters Magazine gains multiple distinctions in 2007 Pushcart Prize Edition

The 2007 edition of Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (volume XXXI) features a New Letters winning essay, “The Way of Ignorance,” by the distinguished writer Wendell Berry, first published in New Letters in the summer 2005 issue.  The international magazine of writing and art has been published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City for 73 years. 

Pushcart Press also cited New Letters with multiple “Special Mentions” for literary excellence:  for the essays “Six Months On,” by Janet Burroway; “The Bridge Back to Queens,” by Thomas E. Kennedy; “The Bicycle and the Soul,” by Michael Waters; for the short story “My Uncle’s Poor French,” by Robert Day; and for “The Hook,” a poem by Nadine Meyers.

New Letters is all over this prize anthology,” says Robert Stewart, editor of New Letters, “which means, at the very least, the great writing that appears in every issue is being read.  The magazine is being read by fellow editors and writers – which is gratifying – and also by factory workers, cab drivers, and accountants – which is even more gratifying.”

Upcoming issues will feature fiction by the Mary Gordon, Padma Viswanathan, and Paul Zimmer; poetry by Christopher Buckley, Gary Soto, and Debora Greger; and an essay about the late poet Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Recovering Robinson,” by the critic Scott Donaldson. 

Pushcart Prize XXXI is edited by Bill Henderson with a national network of Pushcart-Prize editors, published by Pushcart Press and distributed by W.W. Norton Inc., New York, N.Y.

New Letters is now in its 73rd year of year of continuous quarterly publishing, and has stayed in the forefront of not only American but international writing.  The magazine invites subscribers; anyone interested can see, or call (816) 235-1168.  Act for the Arts:  Join the New Letters Literary Initiative, with a multi-year subscription.  Best-deal rate is $52 for three years (four issues each year.  $22 for one year).

 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.  UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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