In this episode, Catherine Browder reads her story “Wind Phone” from the Summer 2019 issue of New Letters.
Catherine Browder is the author of several books of short fiction and a new novel. She has held fiction fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Missouri Arts Council. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Kansas Quarterly, New Letters, Nimrod, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Kansas City Noir, and elsewhere. She facilitated “The Memory Project” at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 2004-2008; is affiliated with the creative writing program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and is an advisory editor at New Letters magazine, where her book reviews appear. Her current project is a mixed genre collection motivated by a 2016 trip along the Tohoku Coast of Japan, still under heavy reconstruction following the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 3.11. The “clash of cultures” is a recurring theme in her work. She lives with her husband in the historic Northeast district of Kansas City, MO.
New Letters magazine works to discover and publish the finest new writing, wherever it exists. That mission implies encouragement of writers just starting or those who deserve wider readership. By placing the emphasis on literary excellence, we best promote the cause of the literary arts and affirm their transforming qualities. Editorial decisions have been made from three core questions: Is the writing intense; does it advance literary art; does it offer hope?
Author photo by David Remley; Issue cover art is a detail of a painting called “Trail’s Run,” by Carol Zastoupil.