kc’s african-american literary tradition…

…to be discussed at free New Letters symposium.

New Letters magazine and the American Jazz Museum will co-sponsor a panel discussion on past Kansas City African-American writers, at the Jazz Museum, 18th and Vine Streets, at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2003. The panel discussion will be moderated by Kansas City Star writer and literary critic Steve Paul. It will feature Rep. Lloyd Daniel, Missouri state representative and poet, and others, including Chip Fleischer, publisher of Vermontís Steerforth Press, which recently published the novel Such Sweet Thunder, by the late Kansas City writer Vincent O. Carter.

Carter died in 1983, and his Kansas City novel went undiscovered until recently. ìSuch Sweet Thunder is a jazz song of a book, a river of sound,î Chip Fleischer has written, ìreplete with references to the influential musicians of the Kansas City music scene of Carterís youthî The panel discussion will focus on the Carter novel, and also discuss the larger context of past Kansas City African-American poets and writers.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the American Jazz Museum at 816-474-8463 or New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 816-235-1168.

New Letters quarterly is published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and distributed world wide; it is available by subscription for $17 per year (four issues). Call (816) 235-1168 or email newletters@umkc.edu to order.

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