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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 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.

Clay Landry

The era of the mountain man was brief—the high point of the Rocky Mountain beaver fur trade was between 1820 and 1840. But the period still holds fascination today. Clay Landry has written extensively on the subject.

He’ll be speaking on non-fiction writing at the Wyoming Writers Conference June 2-4 in Gillette. As Landry told Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, he recently served as a historical advisor for the 2016 film The Revenant.

Timothy Egan

National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan’s newest book The Immortal Irishman, tells the story of Irish revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher and how he changed the course of history in Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Egan will be coming to the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie Tuesday, April 18 to give a talk on his book. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard, and said he first discovered Meagher’s story on a visit to Montana.

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National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan will give a presentation at the University of Wyoming Tuesday on his newest book.

The Immortal Irishman tells the story of 19th century Irish orator and revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher, whose speeches moved people to action in Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Meagher eventually became territorial governor of Montana before he disappeared.

Egan said he wrote the book partly because he became more interested in his own Irish heritage.

The Modern West 18: A Look Back And A Look Ahead

Dec 20, 2016
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It’s a new literary edition, exploring Wyoming’s past, present, and future through conversations with authors. 

Brad Watson

UW creative writing professor Brad Watson is out with a new novel that’s been long-listed for this year’s National Book Award.

As he tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Erin Jones, Miss Jane is about a woman living in rural Mississippi in the early 1900s, with a rare congenital disorder that renders her incontinent and unable to reproduce.

A new anthology of Wyoming writers offers a current snapshot of the state’s literary tradition. The book’s release is being celebrated with readings and book signings in six communities around the state.

‘Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone’ features the work of more than 70 poets, fiction, and non-fiction writers. Editor Lori Howe says the title reflects the overall theme that runs through the anthology.

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Thanks to innovations in camera technology, wildlife biologists are now able to peek into the lives of animals like never before. Now, a new book called Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature, compiles the best camera trap photos from around the world. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards talked with author, Roland Hayes, head of the Biodiversity Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Professor at North Carolina State University. Hayes starts the conversation by explaining just what a camera trap is.

The Modern West 13: The Poets Of The Prairie

Jul 19, 2016
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Wyoming’s vast landscapes and rugged lifestyles offer plenty of poetic inspiration. 

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On Tuesday, Governor Matt Mead named Eugene Gagliano the 8th poet laureate of Wyoming. Gagliano is a retired elementary school teacher and is known for his collaborative and entertaining presentations for schools and libraries across the state. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen spoke with him about the honor.

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In 1914 John Woody started a Wyoming phone company that is now known as Union Wireless. These days it’s a multi-million dollar corporation and one of the state’s great success stories.

Author Terry Del Bene has written a book about the company called A Phone Where The Buffalo Roamed. He explains why this phone company survived for over 100 years while others have faltered. 

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In stories of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and westward expansion, the lives and roles of women often go untold.

Laramie Author Jennie Lawrence is aiming to change that a bit, with her new book Soap Suds Row: The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 – 1876. Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard sat down for a conversation with the author about the secret lives of laundresses.

Award Winning Poet Discusses Her New Book

Jun 10, 2016
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Laramie Poet Lori Howe has a new book coming out called Voices at Twilight. It’s a book of poems, photographs, and historic essays about the ghost towns of Wyoming’s southern corridor. She joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck and reads excerpts from that book. 

Lori Howe will be on tour this month as a Think Wyoming, Wyoming Humanities Council roads scholar teaching free creative writing workshops on the subject of Water in Wyoming. 

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Ernest Hemingway is almost as famous for places he lived and visited—like Paris and Spain—as he is for his writing. Now, an article in Big Sky Magazine reveals Hemingway’s Wyoming connections. The article’s author, Darla Worden, became a Hemingway fan while attending high school in Sheridan. As she told Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the Sheridan area has its own Hemingway connection.

Kate Guerrieri Reads A Poem To Wyoming

May 24, 2016
Kate Guerrieri

Kate Guerrieri teaches 4th grade  at Wyoming Indian Elementary School. She grew up in the foothills of the Tetons where he father was a National Park ranger.

After graduating from the University of Wyoming in 2013, Kate spent two years teaching in Barrow, Alaska. But her love for Wyoming soon brought her back home. Kate lives in Lander with her husband, her kitten Boo, and her puppy Trooper.

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
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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.

Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Johnson, whose main character is Sheriff Walt Longmire, said he does base his characters on family, neighbors and his friends on the Cheyenne reservation.

David Quammen

The National Park Service celebrates its Centennial next year. To mark the occasion, National Geographic Magazine is devoting its May 2016 issue solely to the country’s first national park – Yellowstone. And not only is this issue focused on one place – all of the content has been written by just one author – a first for the publication. David Quammen is the writer and journalist who has been tasked with this feat.

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.

A new translation is making old Viking poems accessible to general readers. The stories of gods and heroes were written down in 13th century Iceland. But for translator Jackson Crawford—who lives in Riverton—the existing English translations of the Poetic Edda were just hard to read.  

    

Author John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin’s personal friend and road manger until her death in 1970. He talks about his unique perspective of her life and why he wrote his book.

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.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder discussing his book Strength in What Remains, his journey to writing, becoming an author and the people who have helped him along the way.

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.

Susan Marsh Reads From "A Hunger For High Country"

Feb 19, 2015

Susan Marsh is an award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over thirty years, including as staff for the BTNF from 1988-2010. With degrees in geology and landscape architecture and a lifelong interest in creative writing, she has combined her interests into a body of work that explores the relationship of humans to wild country. Her most recent book is titled A Hunger for High Country.

Ucross Resident Karen Skolfield Reads Poem

Jan 28, 2015

Karen Skolfield recently spent two weeks in Ucross, Wyoming, on a writing fellowship. When she’s not tracking Wyoming wildlife, she teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts. Her book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry; new poems appear in Indiana Review, MIRAMAR, Pleiades, Rattle, Southword Journal, Structo, and others.

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