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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.

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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.

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Great show!

By emilyrpowers - Jun 14 2017
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Wonderful authors and interviews!

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7 Ratings
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Great show!

By emilyrpowers - Jun 14 2017
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Wonderful authors and interviews!

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Spoken Words

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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.

Rank #1: Spoken Words 24: John Hausdoerffer—Wildness: Relations Of People And Place

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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.

Aug 21 2018

14mins

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Rank #2: Spoken Words 22: Sara Dant—Losing Eden: An Environmental History Of The American West

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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.

Jun 21 2018

12mins

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Rank #3: Spoken Words 21: Jeffrey Lockwood—Murder On The Fly

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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.

May 29 2018

15mins

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Rank #4: Spoken Words 19: Joe Wilkins — When We Were Birds

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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.

Mar 13 2018

15mins

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Rank #5: Spoken Words 18: Jenny Forrester — Narrow River, Wide Sky

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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.

Feb 06 2018

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Rank #6: Spoken Words 17: Sean Prentiss – Finding Abbey

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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.

Jan 24 2018

14mins

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Rank #7: Spoken Words 16: Robert Moor – On Trails

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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.

Jan 08 2018

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Rank #8: Spoken Words 15: Dan Flores – Coyote America

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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.

Dec 13 2017

12mins

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Rank #9: Spoken Words 14: Tom Johnson – What Those Light Years Carry

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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 .

Nov 30 2017

14mins

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Rank #10: Spoken Words 13: JJ Anselmi - Heavy: A Memoir Of Wyoming, BMX, Drugs, And Heavy F***ing Music

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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.

Nov 14 2017

8mins

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