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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.
||CleanSpoken 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||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken 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-creat||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken 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 t||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken 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||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken 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 discu||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken 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 wome||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken 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||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 18: Jenny Forrester — Narrow River, Wide Sky||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. Facin||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 17: Sean Prentiss – Finding Abbey||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.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 16: Robert Moor – On Trails||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,||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 15: Dan Flores – Coyote America||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||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 14: Tom Johnson – What Those Light Years Carry||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 Thom||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 13: JJ Anselmi - Heavy: A Memoir Of Wyoming, BMX, Drugs, And Heavy F***ing Music||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.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 12: Marlin Holmes||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 t||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 11: Janine Shepherd - Defiant||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.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 10: Shannon Baker - Stripped Bare||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 inspiratio||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 9: John Stith - Manhattan Transfer||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||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 8: C.J. Box – Vicious Circle||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.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 7: Bruce Smith - Stories From Afield||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 Afie||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoken Words 6: Sara Hayden - Silk Knots Project||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.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Wonderful authors and interviews!