Local literary types: KCUR is seeking poetry, fiction and essays for a new series

There aren’t a lot of local platforms for KC’s fiction writers, poets and assorted wordsmiths. There’s the Writers Place, New Letters, some zines. But it seems like there should be more. So we are giving a big thumbs-up to KCUR’s recent announcement that it plans to start a new literary series called WORD. What’s the word on WORD? 

WORD is an effort by KCUR to provide greater exposure for the literary arts within our listening area. We will consider original poetry, fiction and essays from first-time writers to widely published professionals. We will record writers reading their work in our studio or at live events in the community as opportunities arise. 

January 2015 is the scheduled launch date for WORD. You can already submit poems, fiction and essays by going to this spot right here. Keep it relatively short — the on-air readings are intended to top out at around 3-4 minutes. Here’s James Salter reading Lydia Davis’ brilliant “Break It Down” for inspiration. 

Categories: A&E, Art