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.

 

 

From thedrunkenodyssey.com

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 taught him about living a DIY life.

Spoken Words 12: Marlin Holmes

Nov 1, 2017
University of Wyoming

The difference between poetry and slam poetry is vibrant and apparent in this interview with University of Wyoming PhD student, Marlin Holmes. Taking inspiration from rap, hip-hop, and a high school English assignment, Holmes discusses his passion for the spoken word, and shares some of his creations; rotating between narratives of identity and race, and the journey of finding love. 

Spoken Words 11: Janine Shepherd - Defiant

Oct 17, 2017
Janine Shepherd

While training for the Olympics, Janine Shepherd suffered a devastating accident. In Defiant, she depicts the nightmare that followed the accident and the new gifts the experience has given her. 

Spoken Words 10: Shannon Baker - Stripped Bare

Oct 3, 2017
Shannon Baker

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 roll, Shannon describes the inspiration she gained from the interesting and particular people she has met throughout her life. 

Spoken Words 9: John Stith - Manhattan Transfer

Sep 19, 2017
John Stith

From an industry job in Colorado, to aliens abducting New York, John Stith presents and interesting and entertaining perspective of his writing career. He takes the time to describe his clashes with creativity, perseverance, and his undying respect for the laws of physics. 

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

Sep 5, 2017
C.J. Box

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 never retire to Florida. 

Spoken Words 7: Bruce Smith - Stories From Afield

Aug 22, 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 him from Michigan to the most remote reaches of Wyoming. He reads from his new book, Stories From Afield: Adventures with Wild Things in Wild Places, on the expected and unexpected challenges of conservation.  

Spoken Words 6: Sara Hayden - Silk Knots Project

Aug 8, 2017
Ash Ngu

Journalist Sara Hayden talks about the challenges of recreating a disjointed family history from Colorado to China and back. She reads from her essay, Living Room, and details the influence that growing up mixed race in Wyoming has had on her writing.   

Spoken Words 5: Matt Daly - Between Here And Home

Jul 25, 2017
Matt Daly

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 rural west.

In three poems, Daly uses his writing to depict the struggle and beauty of past and present relationships between neighbors, friends, family, and everything in between. 

Spoken Words 4: Jeff Guinn - Silver City

Jul 11, 2017
Ralph Lauer

Bestselling author Jeff Guinn reads from (and remembers the awfully painful research for) Silver City, the final book in his Cash McLendon trilogy. And though his books are set in the late 1800s, he finds distinct parallels between the journalism of the past and today’s “alternative facts.”  

Spoken Words 3: Karla Morton And Alan Birkelbach

Jun 27, 2017
Karla Morton and Alan Birkelbach

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 poetry that transmits powerful emotional experiences.

Spoken Words 2: Sebastian Barry - Days Without End

Jun 13, 2017
Photo source Sarah Lee for the Guardian

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 the country in the 1970s, and looks hopefully toward the future for outsiders in the States.

Spoken Words 1: Nina McConigley

Jun 13, 2017
Photo from casperjournal.com

Nina McConigley talks about her in-progress, untitled novel – breaking down the particulars of how she approached writing about identity, diversity, and 1980s Wyoming. Backtracking through her own memories of growing up in Wyoming, she compares the past and present state of Wyoming’s diversity, and talks about the challenges she has overcome in writing her novel. 

Spoken Words Preview

Jun 6, 2017
Melanie Hoefle

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 drop June 13.