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Two writing conferences will be held in Wyoming this June. The Wyoming Writers, Inc. Conference will take place in Dubois June 1 through 3, and the Jackson Hole Writers Conference will be held in Jackson June 28 through 30. Topics and workshops include pitching, publishing, manuscript critique, and creative process.

Caroline Ballard

Nearly a quarter of Wyoming’s population is Native American. But how they are portrayed—by Natives and by whites—is complicated.

As part of the 150th anniversary of the city of Laramie, an art group is working to create a community quilt in hopes of promoting civil discourse in the community. Laramie artists June Glasson and Adrienne Vetter recently started the Art and Action effort to teach people how to employ art in political engagement.

Hunter Old Elk


The Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has partnered with the Creative Indigenous Collective (CIC). A group of Northern Plains indigenous artists created the collective to promote contemporary native art. This is the first time the Plains Indian Museum is partnering with modern artists. 

Former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan and U.S Ambassador to Ireland talks civility in politics and how a Democratic governor can serve two terms as governor in a Republican state. Sullivan was a key participant in the 1998 peace accord in Northern Ireland and named the 2016 Citizen of the West.


W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian and host of the hit Emmy Award-nominated CNN docu-series, United Shades of America. W. Kamau Bell talks about his life work as a political comedian and what that means for him personally and professionally.

Dana Arbaugh

Zarif Khan, also known as Hot Tamale Louie. The idea for the sculpture came from Dana Arbaugh whose wife remembers buying hamburgers from him for 25 cents. Her father was friends with Khan. Dana Arbaugh commissioned the sculpture and said Khan’s story embodies the American dream.

Megan Goodner

Award-winning musician Gaelynn Lea is a one-woman show. The NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concert winner plays whimsical and haunting violin lines, looping them while she sings both hopeful and somber lyrics over top. As she sings, Lea holds the violin in an original way—upright, like a cello—to accommodate her small frame.

Comedian And Musician Steve Goodie On Wyoming Sounds

May 4, 2018
Steve Goodie
Anna Rader

Steve Goodie on Wyoming Sounds recorded 05/04/18.

Bethany Yellowtail

March is Women’s History Month. Hunter Old Elk, the curatorial assistant of the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, recently took a moment at Northwest College to highlight Women Warriors or Indigenous women of the 21st century. Old Elk who herself is of the Crow Nation and Yakama Nation spoke to Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska about how two Crow women have inspired her to promote contemporary native voices. The first: Bethany Yellowtail.

A scene from "The Big Heartless"
Anne Mason

The new play "The Big Heartless," premieres in Laramie this week. In it, playwright Dale Dunn explores the subjects of wolf reintroduction and reform boarding schools. 

Guitarist Dakota Dave Hull On Wyoming Sounds

Apr 5, 2018
Guitarist Dakota Dave Hull
Anna Rader

Dakota Dave Hull live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 4/05/18.

Ucross Foundation

A new art exhibition, up now at the Ucross Gallery in northern Wyoming, takes a contemporary look at the image of the horse. Printmaker Mark Ritchie was inspired to invite artists from around the world to submit their work after attending a horse-focused art workshop in Hungary. 

Ray Carlisle Of Teenage Bottlerocket On Wyoming Sounds

Mar 30, 2018
Anna Rader

Ray Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket celebrates his 40th birthday bash on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 3/30/18.

Jave Yoshimoto

Omaha-based artist Jave Yoshimoto’s distinct style of painting blends traditional Japanese woodblock, Chinese brush painting, and comic book-like graphics.

Watch Wyoming's Entries For NPR's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Mar 26, 2018
NPR Music

As you may know, NPR put out another call for undiscovered bands to enter a contest to play a Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C. A number of Wyoming musicians filmed themselves behind—and in front of—their own ‘desks’. Check out all of the entries here

Here are the Cowboy State's contest entries:

Laramie Indie Folk Band The Woodpile On Wyoming Sounds

Mar 23, 2018
Anna Rader

The Woodpile live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 3/23/18.

Colorado-Based Indie Rock Trio Edison On Wyoming Sounds

Mar 19, 2018
Indie rock trio Edison playing live
Grady Kirkpatrick

Edison live on The Ranch Breakfast Show recorded on 3/17/18. 

Book
Caroline Ballard

What would you do if your best friend were sexually assaulted? That’s the question Casper author Kiersi Burkhart tackles in her new young adult novel Honor Code – where an allegation of sexual assault rocks “Edwards Academy,” a prestigious private high school on the East Coast. Burkhart and Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard discussed the book and its message at her home in Casper.

Wind City Books in Casper will hold a launch party for Honor Code Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m.

Studio Sessions: Samantha Rise

Mar 1, 2018
Eric Tsurumoto

From Wyoming to Philadelphia, vocalist Samantha Rise Roberson weaves together jazz, folk and contemporary styles crafting what she describes as "High-Country Soul." Her debut album, Brighter Days, is scheduled for release in early 2018.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher

Northern Wyoming might have hundreds of wolves now, but in the early 1990’s there were only a handful. So National Geographic commissioned a husband and wife filmmaking team to take a creative approach: they raised the pack from pups and lived in the wilds of Idaho amongst them.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards spoke with Jim and Jamie Dutcher about their new book, The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons From The Sawtooth Pack, on what they learned from living for six years with the wolves. Jim says his inspiration for the project came from a visit to Wyoming as a kid.

Andrew Burr

This past weekend was the 20th Cody Ice Climbing Festival. The festival is a weekend long featuring nightly speakers and ice clinics. Angela Vanwiemeersch, a professional ice climber, has been climbing for over five years. As a woman, she teaches many all women classes. She spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska about how she got introduced to ice climbing and how the sport is becoming more attractive for women.

10¢ Stranger & Low Water String Band On Wyoming Sounds

Feb 16, 2018
Melaina Nielson

10 Cent Stranger, Low Water String Band, and J Shogren Shanghai'd live on Wyoming Sounds on 2/16/18.

Jackson Hole Chorale

Members of the Jackson Hole Chorale are joining more than 170 other vocalists from across the USA and Canada to sing a well-known piece. The performance is organized by Distinguished Concerts International New York, which assembles amateur choirs from around the country to perform at Carnegie Hall. In January, a group of singers from Cheyenne participated in a performance at Carnegie Hall organized by the same group.

Jason Vlcan / National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

February is Black History Month, and an exhibit at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper is displaying photos and artifacts of a little-known piece of Wyoming History: an all-black town founded and then abandoned in the early 20th century. Shawn Wade is responsible for temporary exhibits and tours at the Center. He told Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard about the history of Empire, Wyoming.

Theodore Waddell

Western artist Theodore Waddell and his wife, Lynn, are gifting an 80 piece print collection to the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. The collection includes works from celebrated artists from around the country, all gathered by Waddell himself.  “I’ve traded and bought works, prints and whatnot, forever. Just from people whose work I’ve admired and cared for over a lifetime”, he says.

Jonathan Selkowitz

While some communities celebrate football stars, snow-based sports dominate in Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club inducted 10 new members into the club’s Hall of Fame during a banquet Saturday at Snow King Resort. Among the new Hall of Famers, former U.S. Snowboard Team member and pro snowboarder Rob Kingwill had easy access to ski lifts and training living next to Snow King Mountain.

UW Presents

The spring semester season of the University of Wyoming’s Cultural series gets underway next week. Janelle Fletcher is the Director of Fine Arts Outreach and Cultural programs at the University of Wyoming. The season features a wide range of programs including some amazing acrobats. She joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck.

coralandtusk.com

A Brooklyn-based design company is moving its inventory and order fulfillment hub to Pinedale. Artist Stephanie Housley creates embroidered home décor under the brand name Coral and Tusk, which is sold around the world. 

About a year and a half ago, she and her husband decided to move from Brooklyn to the western part of Wyoming. Housley said the landscapes she has visited in the state inspired many of her designs. 

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This week, the third annual Grand Teton Winter Music Festival brings together speakers and musicians for four days of music and culture in Jackson.

The winter festival is an expansion of the long-running summer music festival. This festival will feature Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble, a fluid multi-instrument group.

This year’s festival highlights American contributions to classical music. “One of the reasons that we’re working with this group is because they’re very much championing new music – and new American music.

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