Sep 16, 2021 • 23M

Episode 50: Creativity in times of trauma

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Christie Aschwanden
Emerging Form is a podcast about the creative process in which a journalist (Christie Aschwanden) and a poet (Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer) discuss creative conundrums over wine. Each episode concludes with a game of two questions in which a guest joins in to help answer questions about the week's topic. Season one guests include poets, novelists, journalists, a song writer, a circus performer, a sketch artist and a winemaker.
Episode details

This is the most difficult episode we’ve ever recorded. In the span of two weeks, Christie and her family were thrown into a scary state of limbo and Rosemerry experienced an unthinkable loss. In this episode, we discuss what we’ve noticed about our relationship to creativity in this time of upheaval. Rosemerry explains how her 15-year practice of writing daily poems helped prepare her to meet this moment of grief, and Christie discusses her reluctance to solidify this experience by turning it into written words. We also talk about moving toward uncertainty and our heightened sense of noticing in this difficult time, and how to meet the tragedy and find the potential.

Previous Emerging Form episodes mentioned:

Episode 38: Kim Langley

Episode 40: Cheryl Strayed

Episode 45: Catherine Price

*Photo by Finn Trommer