Spoken Words

20 EpisodesProduced by Wyoming Public Media

Spoken Words tells the origin stories of storytelling. Produced in collaboration with the University of Wyoming MFA in Creative Writing program, the show features novelists, poets, non-fiction writers, and more writing from the West or writing about the West from around the world.

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Spoken Words 26: Adrian Shirk—And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy

October 16th, 2018

This new hybrid-memoir explores the lives and stories of American women prophets and mystics, outliers and outcasts of the American religious story. Through this personal journey, Adrian Shirk discovers new alternatives …

Spoken Words 25: Alyson Hagy—Scribe

September 18th, 2018

Alyson Hagy’s new novel Scribe is about the power—and dangers—of storytelling. Amid a population decimated by civil war and disease that relies on a …

Spoken Words 24: John Hausdoerffer—Wildness: Relations Of People And Place

August 21st, 2018

In Wildness , John Hausdoerffer and his co-editor Gavin Van Horn bring together authors from a variety of landscapes, cultures, and backgrounds to …

Spoken Words 23: Kevin Powers—A Shout In The Ruins

July 20th, 2018

In his new novel A Short in the Ruins , Kevin Powers explores the dark history of slavery in this country, using one plantation near his home in …

Spoken Words 22: Sara Dant—Losing Eden: An Environmental History Of The American West

June 21st, 2018

Sara Dant grew up in the American West and deeply loves its culture, history, and landscape. In Losing Eden , she traces the environmental history …

Spoken Words 21: Jeffrey Lockwood—Murder On The Fly

May 29th, 2018

Jeffrey Lockwood continues his “Riley the Exterminator” mystery series, this time as Riley tries to solve a missing person case at the same time …

Spoken Words 20: Diane Les Becquets — Breaking Wild

April 17th, 2018

In times of trauma and sorrow, Diane Les Becquets turned to the wilderness for solace. Now, as an award-winning author, she sets her books back in …

Spoken Words 19: Joe Wilkins — When We Were Birds

March 13th, 2018

In his memoir The Mountain and the Fathers , Joe Wilkins reckoned with loss, poverty, and the landscape of his childhood in the Big Dry of eastern Montana. Now a father, Joe Wilkins’s poems in When We Were Birds attend …

Spoken Words 18: Jenny Forrester — Narrow River, Wide Sky

February 6th, 2018

The rugged, rural, conservative town of Mancos, Colorado was a hard place for Jenny Forrester to grow up. Her new memoir is the story of the …

Spoken Words 17: Sean Prentiss – Finding Abbey

January 24th, 2018

When author and anarchist Edward Abbey died in 1989, his friends buried his body in a secret location in the desert southwest. More than twenty years later, Sean Prentiss goes looking for that grave and ends up finding …
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