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.
Spoken Words

Spoken Words

From Wyoming Public Radio

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Spoken Words 29: Dale Dunn—The Big Heartless

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 Laramie, Wyoming in April 2018 with an upcoming production in the author's home state of New Mexico in February 2019.

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

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 the author and her friends their lives.

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

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

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 for spiritual truth seekers.

Spoken Words 25: Alyson Hagy—Scribe

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 barter system, a woman known as Scribe exchanges her skill in letter-writing to get what she needs. One day, a strange man shows up in need of a letter, setting off a series of terrible events that bring Scribe to a crossroads she can escape.

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

In Wildness , John Hausdoerffer and his co-editor Gavin Van Horn bring together authors from a variety of landscapes, cultures, and backgrounds to share their stories of what "wildness" looks like when people take an active role in becoming co-creators of well-being with the places they live, work, and play. In re-imagining the possibilities for wildness, Hausdoerffer discusses his hopes for creating communities attuned to the wild in their midst and able to work together across differences to

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

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

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 Virginia as the fictionalized setting and following characters generationally from the Civil War to the 20 th century in order to examine the ways we live with history and legacy of suffering and violence.

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

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 development of this region in order to help readers understand how the land has shaped and been shaped by the people who here, while also offering some positive models for shaping the future well-being of the West.

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

Spoken Words 21: Jeffrey Lockwood—Murder On The Fly

Jeffrey Lockwood continues his "Riley the Exterminator" mystery series, this time as Riley tries to solve a missing person case at the same time California's agricultural industry is threatened by a Mediterranean fruit fly invasion. Lockwood discusses his love for weaving great storytelling, science, philosophy and crime in these mysteries.

Spoken Words 20: Diane Les Becquets — Breaking Wild

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 those most hidden places as a challenge to return on her own terms. In Breaking Wild , she tracks two women through the remote terrain of Northern Colorado, women who are lost in two very different ways.

Spoken Words 19: Joe Wilkins — When We Were Birds

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 to what is common to us all, to what binds us together and makes us human, from grief over the loss of a livelihood or health to the anxieties and hopes we have for our children.

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