Words Out West

Jay Kettering

Words Out West is a literary podcast spotlighting both established and emerging writers from Montana and the western United States, along with their poems, stories, songs, radio plays and other forms of the spoken word.

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In this bonus episode, Words Out West’s own Jay Kettering writes about a kid who’s willing to blow up his world for love.

Jun 28

57 min 27 sec

In part one of his radio play trilogy, My Dad and Pre-Socratic Thought, Jay recalls the crazy stories his father told him in an attempt to find meaning.

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Jun 14

31 min 22 sec

In this bonus episode, Words Out West’s own Jay Kettering looks back to a time when everything was a mystery—especially time. Jay Kettering: How I Learned To Tell Time: part 2 of his audio trilogy Notes From the Huntley Project (radio play) (Dramatic reading by Missoula actors David Mills-Low, Rebecca Schaffer, Will Tilton, Jessica Adam, and Aaron Roos) Only one thing is for sure—time is on his side.

Jun 1

57 min 14 sec

In this episode, our season finale, Words Out West’s own Jay Kettering writes about a mysterious relationship. This episode contains some adult language and themes, which may be unsuitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.    

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May 3

15 min 17 sec

In this episode, Mark Gibbons, Shaun Gant and David E. Thomas explore their own personal landscapes. One ventures to where there are no fences, one observes an explosion of life in her own backyard, while another stays close to the tracks.

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Apr 26

7 min 7 sec

In this episode, David Allan Cates, Sheryl Noethe and Robert Lee mull over the fleeting nature of time. One takes a nostalgic leap of faith, another explains how life never stops, while another makes a plan for when he’s a ghost.

Apr 19

6 min 30 sec

In this episode, we hear from Shane Wheeldon, Freya Jones and Chris Sand, three writers who are hard to put in a box. Therefore, it’s our first installment of the Grab Bag.

Apr 12

7 min 37 sec

In this episode, writers Sheryl Noethe, David E. Thomas, and Sarah Aronson are in the process of searching. One is searching for stories from strangers, another seeks magic from a natural phenomenon, while the other is tracking those who want to get to their destination in the quickest way possible.

Apr 5

12 min 51 sec

In this episode, writer Beth Judy documents a real life — and in this case — a real glamorous life: Myrna Loy.

Mar 29

45 min 28 sec

In this episode, writers David E. Thomas, Sarah Aronson and Mark Gibbons meditate on self-reflection. One ponders which technological time-zone he belongs in, another celebrates the things that cannot be understood, and the other uses the mirror behind the bar to reflect. This episode contains some adult language and themes, which may be unsuitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

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Mar 22

10 min 13 sec

In this episode, writers Shaun Gant, Mark Gibbons and Sheryl Noethe reflect on the many forms that true love takes, like an enduring marriage, the flicker from a candle’s flame, and even a drug-induced coma. This episode contains some adult language and themes, which may be unsuitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

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Mar 15

12 min 46 sec

In this episode, writers Brian Laidlaw and Sarah Aronson have come to understand how the nature of love can connect to the love of nature.

Mar 8

11 min 7 sec

In this episode, writers Jay Kettering, Chris Sand and Robert Lee have tuned into their sense of sound. The sound of memory, the sound of solace, and the sound of place.

Mar 1

13 min 58 sec

In this episode, writers David E. Thomas, Sheryl Noethe and Mark Gibbons are talking about booze, and the effect it has from the view of a bus seat, a bar stool, and a lawn chair. This episode contains some adult language and themes, which may be unsuitable for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

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Feb 22

10 min 32 sec

In this episode, writers Chris Sand, Freya Jones and Robert Lee are on the path to self-discovery. While on their journey, they run into things like girl traps, peacocks and rattlesnake juice.

Feb 15

12 min 4 sec

Hear from three writers who have put together puzzles—all made up from the pieces of human relationships. One will tally the cost of family, another the toll of an affair, and the other ignites romance.

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Feb 8

15 min 55 sec

Welcome to Words Out West, a podcast where we hear voices from the literary landscape of Big Sky Country and beyond. We spotlight both established and emerging writers of the contemporary West. A rapping cowboy, a river guiding novelist and a bus-riding Poet Laureate are just a few of the folks we’ll hear from on Words Out West

Feb 4

58 sec