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Spoken Words

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 29: Dale Dunn—The Big Heartless

December 18th, 2018


The Big Heartless tackles the intersection of humans and wolves, family and freedom, in a remote corner of the Mountain West. The play premiered in …

Spoken Words 28: Cate Cabot— Uncharted: A Journey Along The Edge Of Time And Survival

December 5th, 2018


Uncharted: A Journey Along the Edge of Time and Survival traces the evolution of Cate Cabot’s life in the aftermath of a hitchhike that nearly cost …

Spoken Words 27: Katrina Carrasco—The Best Bad Things

November 20th, 2018


Feminist, queer, fun, The Best Bad Things is an historical crime novel whose main character, Alma, is an ex-detective who goes undercover to infiltrate a Port Townsend, WA smuggling ring. But what she’s really up to …

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 and …

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 …

Spoken Words 16: Robert Moor – On Trails

January 8th, 2018


Robert Moor set out to write about his personal experience hiking the Appalachian Trail. What he finished with was On Trails, an exploration of the …

Spoken Words 15: Dan Flores – Coyote America

December 13th, 2017


When the coyote howls, Dan Flores says we are hearing the original national anthem. Coyote America is the biography of an animal more than five million years in the making on this continent, and one that’s thrived …

Spoken Words 14: Tom Johnson – What Those Light Years Carry

November 30th, 2017


Tom Johnson is a respected professional. He’s the Chief Performance Officer of the Wyoming Business Council, he has a wife and two children, he was …

Spoken Words 13: JJ Anselmi - Heavy: A Memoir Of Wyoming, BMX, Drugs, And Heavy F***ing Music

November 14th, 2017


JJ Anselmi’s memoir is a gritty tale of growing up in a railroad town defined by coal, oil, and a sketchy history. Anselmi talks to us about what a place like Rock Springs can do to a teenage identity, and what it …

Spoken Words 12: Marlin Holmes

November 1st, 2017


The difference between poetry and slam poetry is vibrant and apparent in this interview with University of Wyoming PhD student, Marlin Holmes. Taking …

Spoken Words 11: Janine Shepherd - Defiant

October 17th, 2017


While training for the Olympics, Janine Shepherd suffered a devastating accident. In Defiant, she depicts the nightmare that followed the accident …

Spoken Words 10: Shannon Baker - Stripped Bare

October 3rd, 2017


Reliving her years of living in the Nebraska sand hills, Shannon Baker discusses the splendor of the land and how it inspired the perfect setting for her new mystery Stripped Bare. Even with murder playing the main …

Spoken Words 9: John Stith - Manhattan Transfer

September 19th, 2017


From an industry job in Colorado, to aliens abducting New York, John Stith presents and interesting and entertaining perspective of his writing …

Spoken Words 8: C.J. Box – Vicious Circle

September 5th, 2017


C.J. Box, bestselling Wyoming author, reads from the latest in his Joe Pickett series, Vicious Circle. He talks about what it means for a story to be a western, getting people to reveal state secrets, and why he’ll …

Spoken Words 7: Bruce Smith - Stories From Afield

August 22nd, 2017


Bruce Smith, an ecologist and former manager of the wildlife and conservation programs at the National Elk Refuge, talks about the passions that took …

Spoken Words 6: Sara Hayden - Silk Knots Project

August 8th, 2017


Journalist Sara Hayden talks about the challenges of recreating a disjointed family history from Colorado to China and back. She reads from her …

Spoken Words 5: Matt Daly - Between Here And Home

July 25th, 2017


Wyoming writer Matt Daly talks about his collection of poetry and the every day, small town moments that make up his particular perspective of the …

Spoken Words 4: Jeff Guinn - Silver City

July 11th, 2017


Bestselling author Jeff Guinn reads from (and remembers the awfully painful research for) Silver City, the final book in his Cash McLendon trilogy. …

Spoken Words 3: Karla Morton And Alan Birkelbach

June 27th, 2017


In celebration of the National Parks Centennial, these Texas poets laureate are traveling across the country to visit 50 National Parks to write poems about them. They talk about Yellowstone, and what it’s like to write …

Spoken Words 2: Sebastian Barry - Days Without End

June 13th, 2017


The Irish writer reads from his new novel, Days Without End, and discusses the pleasures and pitfalls of writing historical fiction. He traces adventure in America from the Civil War era to his time hitchhiking across …

Spoken Words 1: Nina McConigley

June 13th, 2017


Nina McConigley talks about her in-progress, untitled novel – breaking down the particulars of how she approached writing about identity, diversity, …

Spoken Words Preview

June 6th, 2017


Introducing Wyoming Public Media’s new podcast, Spoken Words. Listen for a sneak peek from its producers: students from the University of Wyoming’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. The first two episodes of Spoken Words …

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