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Spoken Words – Wyoming Public Media teams up with University of Wyoming MFA program for new podcast

June 9, 2017

Wyoming Public Media is excited to announce the launch of its newest podcast, Spoken Words, expanding the public radio station’s podcast portfolio to four. Spoken Words features authors writing from or about the Mountain West, reading from their works and discussing wide-ranging topics: from their careers and the writing process to broader questions about the nature of identity and the West.

Spoken Words is part of Wyoming Public Media’s initiative to expand Wyoming programming beyond the state,” said WPM General Manager Christina Kuzmych.

The first two episodes of the podcast, featuring Wyoming writer Nina McConigley and Irish playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry, will go live Tuesday, June 13th, followed by a new episode every two weeks. The show can be streamed at and downloaded from podcast distribution platforms including Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music. A preview episode was released earlier this week.

Spoken Words is produced in collaboration with the University of Wyoming’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. Students from the program find and interview authors for the podcast, draft scripts and produce the final episodes. “Working with MFA students is a great relationship,” said Micah Schweizer, WPM’s Cultural Affairs and Production Director, who hosts Spoken Words. “The students get to learn audio production, and the show benefits from their literary expertise.”

In addition to fostering in-depth, writer-to-writer discussions for the podcast, this collaboration allows the MFA candidates to build networks with distinguished authors and publishers. “I’ve had incredible conversations with writers I admire, and many have stayed in touch after the interviews and offered me significant career advice,” said Annie Osburn, a first year MFA candidate in fiction.

MFA program director Jeff Lockwood noted that Wyoming is the first MFA program to his knowledge to include podcasting as a writing opportunity. He said it’s a perfect fit, adding “A good podcast has the arc of a story, the rigor of non-fiction, and the elegance of poetry.”

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