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Episode 70- Checking in One Year Later

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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.
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How has creativity served us in times of trauma? Last year, Christie and Rosemerry released an episode mid-September about the very difficult life events that had occurred for them in August–Christie’s father’s nearly fatal stroke and the death of Rosemerry’s son. As we come back from a much-needed summer break, we revisit the past year to look at how things have changed–and stayed the same. In this episode, our hosts talk about how years of creative practice can be a gift we give our future selves to help us meet a difficult chapter, how sometimes when we think we already know the end of our real story we can stymie our creative process, how sharing our creative practice can be very healing and how you might know you are ready to return to a creative practice after an emotionally traumatic event. 

Christie writing about visiting her dad on his birthday

Susan Tweit (Ep. 53) on reflection

Rosemerry’s poem, For When People Ask

Rosemerry’s poem, Contentment

Catherine Price (Ep. 45) on the importance of down time

Christie on finding delight in a terrible year

Finding Creativity in Times of Trauma (Ep. 50)

Rosemerry’s Chair Poem, Circumventing the Busy Self

Christie on finding Rosemerry’s unwritten poems