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Words Out West

33 EpisodesProduced by Jay KetteringWebsite

Words Out West is a literary podcast spotlighting both established and emerging writers from Montana and the western United States, along with their poems, stories, songs, radio plays and other forms of the spoken word.

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Voices from the Oval

August 29th, 2022


In this episode, we celebrate the fruits of a teacher’s labor. You’ll hear from Professor Robert Stubblefield, along with three of his University of Montana students.

A selection of poems and non-fiction, with Robert …

A Place in the Sun for Butte

August 22nd, 2022


In this episode, writer, geologist and professor Rob Thomas explains how the amazing history of rocks is related to the mining town of Butte finding …

Why the Village Appears on No Map

August 15th, 2022


In this episode, novelist Claude Alick introduces us to a place of mystery in the island country of Grenada—a village that appears on no map—a place that resides only in wilting memories.

How to Write about Sex and Death and Dreams

August 8th, 2022


In this episode, we pair writers who were born to be storytellers—poet Mara Panich, and singer/songwriter Margi Cates, accompanied by guitarist Nick …

How Stealing Laundry Leads to Success

August 1st, 2022


In this episode, a struggling writer has a breakthrough when she accidentally steals her neighbor’s laundry. A short play written by Bozeman …

Three Minds Driving

July 25th, 2022


In this episode, writers Chris La Tray, Fred Haefele, and Chris Autio take us on three distinct and heady road trips.

Chris La Tray: Comet (poem)

Three . . . Two . . . One . . . Blast off!

Fred Haefele: excerpt from A …

I Don’t Understand Snow

July 19th, 2022


In this episode, singer/songwriter Spencer Kellum performs some ‘modern spirituals’ as Separate Circles, with piano accompaniment by Cole Grant.

Much More Than a Bartender

July 11th, 2022


In this episode, Joan Melcher finds her perfect saloon, and chats with the bartender who has the same name as his bar—Moose.

A selection from her …

The Glitter and The Glamour

July 4th, 2022


In this episode, we get up close and personal with Bobby Lee Springfield, a singer/songwriter who gives us the skinny on the ups and downs of show …

In love with peace — Obliged to war

June 20th, 2022


The narrator in Sean Gallagher’s short story laments the damage done to his older brother after becoming a soldier — the brother who taught him, …

It's All Just Noise

June 13th, 2022

In this episode, playwright Jay Kettering, introduces us to a couple recounting how they met, fell in love, and ultimately broke up, and let’s just …

Songs in the Key of Keys

May 30th, 2022


In this episode, Caroline Keys and Nate Biehl share their original songs along with poems from Caroline and her young student writers.

One Sentence At A Time

May 24th, 2022


Chris La Tray doesn’t need many words to tell a damn fine story.

In this episode featuring Métis storyteller Chris La Tray, we celebrate words, and the way even very few words, in the right hands, can capture the …

You Hate These Roads

May 16th, 2022


In this episode, novelist Richard Fifield puts us in a car going way too fast up a narrow mountain road, and that’s only the beginning of our troubles.

Love and Gunpowder

June 28th, 2021


In this bonus episode, Words Out West’s own Jay Kettering writes about a kid who’s willing to blow up his world for love.

Who is My Dad?

June 14th, 2021


In part one of his radio play trilogy, My Dad and Pre-Socratic Thought, Jay recalls the crazy stories his father told him in an attempt to find …

The Ticking Of The Clock

June 1st, 2021


In this bonus episode, Words Out West’s own Jay Kettering looks back to a time when everything was a mystery—especially time.

Jay Kettering: How I Learned To Tell Time: part 2 of his audio trilogy Notes From the Huntley …

A Mysterious Relationship

May 3rd, 2021


In this episode, our season finale, Words Out West’s own Jay Kettering writes about a mysterious relationship.

This episode contains some adult …

Personal Landscapes

April 26th, 2021


In this episode, Mark Gibbons, Shaun Gant and David E. Thomas explore their own personal landscapes. One ventures to where there are no fences, one observes an explosion of life in her own backyard, while another stays …

Fleeting Nature of Time

April 19th, 2021


In this episode, David Allan Cates, Sheryl Noethe and Robert Lee mull over the fleeting nature of time. One takes a nostalgic leap of faith, another …

Grab Bag

April 12th, 2021


In this episode, we hear from Shane Wheeldon, Freya Jones and Chris Sand, three writers who are hard to put in a box. Therefore, it’s our first installment of the Grab Bag.


April 5th, 2021


In this episode, writers Sheryl Noethe, David E. Thomas, and Sarah Aronson are in the process of searching. One is searching for stories from strangers, another seeks magic from a natural phenomenon, while the other is …

Bold Women

March 29th, 2021


In this episode, writer Beth Judy documents a real life — and in this case — a real glamorous life: Myrna Loy.


March 22nd, 2021


In this episode, writers David E. Thomas, Sarah Aronson and Mark Gibbons meditate on self-reflection. One ponders which technological time-zone he …

True Love and its Many Forms

March 15th, 2021


In this episode, writers Shaun Gant, Mark Gibbons and Sheryl Noethe reflect on the many forms that true love takes, like an enduring marriage, the flicker from a candle’s flame, and even a drug-induced coma.

This …

The Nature of Love via the Love of Nature

March 8th, 2021


In this episode, writers Brian Laidlaw and Sarah Aronson have come to understand how the nature of love can connect to the love of nature.

Sense of Sound

March 1st, 2021


In this episode, writers Jay Kettering, Chris Sand and Robert Lee have tuned into their sense of sound. The sound of memory, the sound of solace, …

Drinking and Addiction

February 22nd, 2021


In this episode, writers David E. Thomas, Sheryl Noethe and Mark Gibbons are talking about booze, and the effect it has from the view of a bus seat, …

Pathways to Self-Discovery

February 15th, 2021


In this episode, writers Chris Sand, Freya Jones and Robert Lee are on the path to self-discovery. While on their journey, they run into things like girl traps, peacocks and rattlesnake juice.

Puzzles of Human Relationships

February 8th, 2021


Hear from three writers who have put together puzzles—all made up from the pieces of human relationships. One will tally the cost of family, another …

Words Out West Preview

February 4th, 2021


Welcome to Words Out West, a podcast where we hear voices from the literary landscape of Big Sky Country and beyond.

We spotlight both established and emerging writers of the contemporary West.

A rapping cowboy, a …

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