Spoken Words

Sara Dant

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 21: Jeffrey Lockwood—Murder On The Fly

May 29, 2018
Cover Photo Jeffrey Lockwood and Ted Brummond, UW photo services

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

Apr 17, 2018
Diane Les Becquets
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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

Mar 13, 2018
Joe Wilkins

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.

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

Feb 6, 2018
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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 relationships and landscape that shaped her life, against which she had to struggle to find her own truth. Facing poverty, isolation, and violence, Forrester talks about her journey toward self-acceptance and what that journey suggests about living in a politically and culturally divided America.

Spoken Words 17: Sean Prentiss – Finding Abbey

Jan 24, 2018
Sarah Hingston

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 something that changes his life. 

Spoken Words 16: Robert Moor – On Trails

Jan 8, 2018
Donna Svennevik

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 history, biology, and philosophy of pathways. For Moor, trails are more than a dirt path under our feet, they’re a guide to better understanding the world around us.

Spoken Words 15: Dan Flores – Coyote America

Dec 13, 2017
Sara Dant

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 despite the attempts at complete eradication.

Urging tolerance and appreciation, Dan Flores offers a fresh look at this iconic animal.

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

Nov 30, 2017
Aden Thomas

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 even a star baseball player in high school and college. But he also has a secret, filed under Aden Thomas

 

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 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
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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.

Darrah Perez

Poet Darrah Perez is a native of the Wind River Indian Reservation. Darrah’s work and collaborations honor tribal ancestry and spirituality through her writings and the creativity of the Native American community. She’s the author of two books of poetry, “It Never Happened” and “It Always Happens.” Darrah Perez lives in Ethete, Wyoming.

Mark Stevens Reads From The New Allison Coil Mystery

Jan 21, 2016
Mark Stevens

The son of two librarians, Mark Stevens was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts. In September 2015, Mark released Lake of Fire, the fourth installment in his Allison Coil Mystery Series, which Kirkus Reviews calls "thrilling" and "irresistible."

Cate Cabot Reads From Her New Memoir

Dec 3, 2015
Leslie Mackenzie

Cate Cabot is a writer and a traveler. Born and raised in Casper, Cabot has spent time in the West and Southwest regions of the United States, parts of Canada, and Mexico. Cabot now lives in Kelly, Wyoming, near Jackson Hole. Uncharted: A Journey Along the Edge of Time and Survival is the author’s latest book. Uncharted traces the evolution of Cabot’s life in the aftermath of a hitchhike that nearly cost the author and her friends their lives.

Sam Western Reads From His New Novel "Canyons"

Nov 20, 2015

Sam Western lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, and is a two-time recipient of the Wyoming Literary Fellowship for fiction. Fellow author Craig Johnson has described Western as “one of the finest writers in the American West.” Western spent over 14 years writing and refining his latest novel, “Canyons,” which explores themes of revenge and atonement. This excerpt takes place at an elk camp in the Bighorn Mountains.

Laura Pritchett Reads From Her New Novel "Red Lightning"

Sep 18, 2015
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Colorado native Laura Pritchett is an award-winning author and conservationist whose fiction and nonfiction work is deeply engaged with the American West. Her most recent novel, Red Lightning, was released this summer.

Red Lightning is a story of redemption set in the eastern plains of Colorado and tells the story of Tess Cross, a woman with a dark past who returns home in the midst of the largest wildfire in Colorado history. Pritchett reads from the opening chapter of the novel.

Patrick Dobson

Patrick Dobson has lived most of his life on the fringes of the Great Plains. His second book, Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer, was published this year with the University of Nebraska Press. His first book, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. He earned a Master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 1993 and a doctorate in History and American literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013. He is a writer, college professor, and union ironworker in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shawn Lawrence Otto Reads From "Sins Of Our Fathers"

Apr 30, 2015
Shawn Otto

Shawn Lawrence Otto is a screenwriter, novelist, and science advocate who wrote and co-produced the movie House of Sand and Fog, which was nominated for three Oscars. His novel Sins of Our Fathers, a literary thriller, is a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Otto is also the producer of the US Presidential Science Debates between Barack Obama and his opponents Mitt Romney and John McCain, and author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, which won the Minnesota Book Award.

On Tuesday, March 10, Wyoming author C.J. Box released the fifteenth installment of his Joe Pickett series.  In Endangered, Pickett is investigating the slaughter of a flock of sage grouse when he receives the call that his daughter has been beaten almost to death. Pickett sets out to find who did it and bring him to justice.

Box, a Wyoming native, is a New York Times bestseller and has sold over six million copies of his books in the U.S. alone.

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