WOW Audio Showcase

A fundraiser for the literary podcast Words Out West

Words Out West (W.O.W.), Montana’s new nonprofit literary podcast, launched in February of 2021 by Cole Grant and Jay Kettering, in partnership with Montana Public Radio.

Thanks to you and our other devoted listeners, we got off to a great start and are now focusing on production of Season Two.

To raise money to cover production costs for its second season, W.O.W. is hosting the WOW Audio Showcase on Friday, November 12, at the Zootown Arts Community Center (the ZACC) at 216 W. Main St., Missoula, Montana. A social hour at 6:30 pm will feature book signings by eleven local (W.O.W.) authors and other activities, with beer and wine available at the ZACC bar. The showcase, featuring readings, music, and a short play, all by W.O.W. podcast participants, starts at 7:30 pm.

Hosted by the delightful Chris Sand, Montana’s Rappin’ Cowboy, the showcase presents readings by Montana’s new Poet Laureate Mark Gibbons, author of In the Weeds; Joan Melcher, author of Montana Watering Holes; young poet and fiction writer Freya Jones; writer and storyteller Chris La Tray, author of One-Sentence Journal; and Caroline Patterson, author of The Stone Sister, plus a poetry and music performance by Shaun Gant and friend; a short play by Jay Kettering;and music from Cole Grant and Spencer Kellum.

Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance at

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to contribute to our Season Two production costs, please go to the Donate page and THANK YOU!

Words Out West thanks its production partner, Montana Public Radio; itsevent partner, Zootown Arts Community Center; its episode sponsors, Mountain Press Publishing Co., Murphy-Jubb Fine Arts, and The Bell Pipe & Tobacco Shop; its event sponsors, Rockin’ Rudy’s, Fact & Fiction Books, Gallery 709 (Montana Art and Framing), Shakespeare & Company, Montana Book Company, and Bernice’s Bakery; and many individual contributors.