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15 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
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.
12 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
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.
12 minutes | Nov 20, 2018
Spoken Words 27: Katrina Carrasco—The Best Bad Things
Feminist, queer, fun, The Best Bad Things is an historical crime novel whose main character, Alma, is an ex-detective who goes undercover to infiltrate a Port Townsend, WA smuggling ring. But what she’s really up to becomes one of the central mysteries of the book.
14 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
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.
12 minutes | Sep 18, 2018
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.
15 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
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 care for these places.
15 minutes | Jul 20, 2018
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.
13 minutes | Jun 21, 2018
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.
15 minutes | May 29, 2018
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.
15 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
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.
16 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
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.
10 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
Spoken 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. 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.
15 minutes | Jan 24, 2018
Spoken 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.
11 minutes | Jan 8, 2018
Spoken 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, they’re a guide to better understanding the world around us.
13 minutes | Dec 13, 2017
Spoken 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 eradication. Urging tolerance and appreciation, Dan Flores offers a fresh look at this iconic animal.
15 minutes | Nov 30, 2017
Spoken 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 Thomas .
8 minutes | Nov 14, 2017
Spoken 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.
12 minutes | Nov 1, 2017
Spoken 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 the spoken word, and shares some of his creations; rotating between narratives of identity and race, and the journey of finding love.
13 minutes | Oct 17, 2017
Spoken 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.
11 minutes | Oct 3, 2017
Spoken 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 inspiration she gained from the interesting and particular people she has met throughout her life.
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