41 episodes

Writing Westward features conversations with writers and scholars of the North American West. Hosted by Brenden W. Rensink, it is a production of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.
The Redd Center is an interdisciplinary research center committed to increasing knowledge and understanding of the American West. Dr. Brenden W. Rensink is Associate Director of the Redd Center, an Associate Professor of History at BYU, General Editor of the Intermountain Histories project, and author of the award-winning 2018 book Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands

Writing Westward Podcast BYU Redd Center

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    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

Writing Westward features conversations with writers and scholars of the North American West. Hosted by Brenden W. Rensink, it is a production of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.
The Redd Center is an interdisciplinary research center committed to increasing knowledge and understanding of the American West. Dr. Brenden W. Rensink is Associate Director of the Redd Center, an Associate Professor of History at BYU, General Editor of the Intermountain Histories project, and author of the award-winning 2018 book Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands

    041 - Corinna Cook - Leavetakings

    041 - Corinna Cook - Leavetakings

    A conversation with Corinna Cook about her collection, "Leavetakings: Essays" (University of Alaska Press, 2020). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by. Subscribe to the Writing Westward Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and other podcast distribution apps and platforms. Follow the BYU Redd Center and the Writing Westward Podcast on Facebook or Twitter or get more information @ https://www.writingwestward.org. Theme music by Micah Dahl Anderson @ www.micahdahlanderson.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    040 - Sarah Deutsch - Making a Modern U.S. West

    040 - Sarah Deutsch - Making a Modern U.S. West

    A conversation with Sarah Deutsch about her book, "Making a Modern U.S. West: The Contested Terrain of a Region and Its Borders, 1898-1940" (University of Nebraska Press, 2022). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by. Subscribe to the Writing Westward Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and other podcast distribution apps and platforms. Follow the BYU Redd Center and the Writing Westward Podcast on Facebook or Twitter or get more information @ https://www.writingwestward.org. Theme music by Micah Dahl Anderson @ www.micahdahlanderson.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    039 - Sara Humphreys - Manifest Destiny 2.0, Genre Trouble in Game Worlds

    039 - Sara Humphreys - Manifest Destiny 2.0, Genre Trouble in Game Worlds

    A conversation with Sara Humphreys about her book, "Manifest Destiny 2.0: Genre Trouble in Game Worlds (University of Nebraska Press, 2021). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by. Subscribe to the Writing Westward Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and other podcast distribution apps and platforms. Follow the BYU Redd Center and the Writing Westward Podcast on Facebook or Twitter or get more information @ https://www.writingwestward.org. Theme music by Micah Dahl Anderson @ www.micahdahlanderson.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    038 - James McGrath Morris - Tony Hillerman, A Life

    038 - James McGrath Morris - Tony Hillerman, A Life

    A conversation with James McGrath Morris about his new biography, "Tony Hillerman: A Life" (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by. Subscribe to the Writing Westward Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and other podcast distribution apps and platforms. Follow the BYU Redd Center and the Writing Westward Podcast on Facebook or Twitter or get more information @ https://www.writingwestward.org. Theme music by Micah Dahl Anderson @ www.micahdahlanderson.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    037 - Ryanne Pilgeram - Pushed Out

    037 - Ryanne Pilgeram - Pushed Out

    A conversation with Ryanne Pilgeram about her new book, "Pushed Out: Contested Development and Rural Gentrification in the US West," published by the University of Washington Press in 2021. The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by. Subscribe to the Writing Westward Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and other podcast distribution apps and platforms. Follow the BYU Redd Center and the Writing Westward Podcast on Facebook or Twitter or get more information @ https://www.writingwestward.org. Theme music by Micah Dahl Anderson @ www.micahdahlanderson.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    036 - Andrea Ross - Unnatural Selection

    036 - Andrea Ross - Unnatural Selection

    A conversation with Andrea Ross about her new book, Unnatural Selection: A Memoir of Adoption and Wilderness (CavanKerry Press, 2021). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (www.bwrensink.org) for the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and hosted by. Subscribe to the Writing Westward Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, and other podcast distribution apps and platforms. Follow the BYU Redd Center and the Writing Westward Podcast on Facebook or Twitter or get more information @ https://www.writingwestward.org. Theme music by Micah Dahl Anderson @ www.micahdahlanderson.com

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Makoto H. ,

Diverse topics, deep dives, and human connection

For me, Writing Westward has been a podcast like no other. Although every episode is unified by the central theme of books written about the North American West, the titles and authors are delightfully varied in a way that leaves me looking forward to whatever might be next. There have been traditional academic histories, but also scientific works that describe Midwestern climate, buffalo, and birds. Other books have run the gamut of family history, dual biography, collections of creative nonfiction, innovative environmental history, and more. Writing Westward takes the “constraint” of its Western Studies theme as an opportunity, and it continually introduces listeners to new discoveries and fresh perspectives.

In each episode, Dr. Rensink brings his rich familiarity with Western Studies to bear as he asks questions that prompt additional thought and insight from the authors. And if you’re like me and haven’t read any of the books, these conversations offer a taste of the richness the texts offer.

Finally, I have really appreciated the sense of human connection Writing Westward creates. Episodes feel personable and relatable, and they remind the listener that behind every book is a human author.

Overall, I highly recommend Writing Westward. I look forward to my hour or so with the podcast every month.

34wes34 ,

Less is more

Usually interesting but the host inserts himself into the interview way to much. I tune in for the interviewee not the interviewer.

noitnoit ,

A must listen

Engaging and informative, Writing Westward is a must listen for anyone interested in western and intermountain western history. I look forward to it every month. It's even put me on a few books for my classes. Thanks!

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