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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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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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    Bonus: Rosemerry reads a poem she wrote for a dying friend

    Bonus: Rosemerry reads a poem she wrote for a dying friend

    As Mentioned in the Podcast:

    In this week’s podcast, we mentioned a poem I wrote about my dear friend Sally Estes when she was told she had three months to live. Here I am reading the poem. It’s also printed below.

    They Say It’s the Best Bloom in Ten Years

             —Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

    She wants to go see the bluebonnets, she says.

    This is after she tells me they’ve said she has three months to live.

    And I want to find her vast fields of bluebonnets,

    acres and acres of white-tipped blue bloom.

    And I want to send her more springs to see them in,

    more days to live one day at a time. I want to remove

    the pain in her belly, the pain that aggressively grows.

    I want to make deals with the universe. Want to say no

    to the way things are. I want to tell death to wait.

    I want to tell life to find a way. I want to hug her

    until she believes she’s beloved. I want to give her

    the pen that will write every brave thing

    that she’s been unable to say. There are days

    when we feel how uncompromising it is, the truth.

    How human we are. There are days when the bluebonnets

    stretch as far as the eye can see. There are days

    we know nothing is more important than going to see them,

    a billion blue petals all nodding in the wind, teaching us to say yes.

    —forthcoming in Hush, Middle Creek Publishing, 2020

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    Episode 11: Working with Emotionally Difficult Topics (with guest Thea Deley)

    Episode 11: Working with Emotionally Difficult Topics (with guest Thea Deley)

    Engaging in a creative project can be hard enough when the subject matter is fun. But what about when it’s emotionally taxing, too? In this episode, we talk about many techniques for working with topics that make us uneasy—from changing perspective to creating rituals. Then we talk with Thea Deley, speaker, writer and improviser, and ask her two questions: 1) When do you know you are ready to write about something difficult—what is the role of perspective, and 2) How do you navigate stories that might hurt someone? We are interested in your answers to these questions, too!

    Episode Notes

    Christie’s farewell to David Corcoran on Last Word on Nothing

    Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, by James W. Pennebaker, PhD

    Pablo Neruda: Tonight I Can Write

    American Psychological Association: Writing to Heal

    Harvard Health Publishing: Writing About Emotions May Ease Stress and Trauma

    Thea Deley (photo of Thea by Mike Maxwell)

    Christie’s ode to Holiday Mathis, “I Know Astrology Is B******t, But I Can’t Stop Reading My Horoscope.”

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    Simple Tools

             —Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

    I am so grateful for the rubber spatula,

    the way it sits quietly in the drawer

    yet is always ready for action—

    is game to scrape the walls of the blender

    or to fold chocolate chips into cookie dough.

    It evens and swirls the frosting on cake

    and welcomes the tongue

    of a child. In a sharp world,

    it knows the value of being blunt;

    it knows that to smooth is a gift to the world.

    Some people are knives, and

    I thank them. Me, I want to belong

    to the order of spatulas—those

    who blend, who mix, who co-mingle

    dissimilars to create a cohesive whole.

    I want to spread sweetness, to be a workhorse

    for beauty, to stir things up,

    to clean things out. I want to be useful,

    an instrument of unity, a means, a lever for life.

    first published in Braided Way, 2019

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    • 34 min
    Episode 10 Bonus: Extended interview with Sherry Richert Belul on Play

    Episode 10 Bonus: Extended interview with Sherry Richert Belul on Play

    In this bonus episode, Sherry Richert Belul, happiness coach and founder of Simply Celebrate, talks with us about co-founding Secret Agents of Change, how even the way you walk to the office can be playful, and how it is that she came to find herself a happiness coach. 

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    Episode 10: The Power of Play (with guest Sherry Richert Belul)

    Episode 10: The Power of Play (with guest Sherry Richert Belul)

    What does play have to do with creativity? Could a hula hoop help you finish your book project? In this episode, we argue about what is play, anyway—is it something you set time aside for? Or something that is always available to you? And how might it help your creative life? Then we are joined by author and happiness coach Sherry Richert Belul to get her take on our two questions: 1) How does play inform your creative process? and 2) What’s an example of a project that has been shaped by play? We’d love your feedback on these questions, too!

    Episode Notes:

    Meet our new production wizard, Rob Dozier

    Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul by Stuart Brown, M.D.

    Playing at Work: Organizational Play as a Facilitator of Creativity, dissertation by Samuel West

    Christie’s spam poetry on Last Word on Nothing

    Rosemerry’s collaborative book of three-line poems, Even Now

    Snark Week: The Wrath of the Sloth on Last Word on Nothing

    Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

    Sherry Richert Belul and Simply Celebrate

    Say It Now: 33 ways to say I love you to the most important people in your life

    Secret Agents of Change Facebook Group

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    Wild Rose Shops for a Bathing Suit

             —Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

    Not the full-coverage shorts.

    Not the black one-piece

    with the ruffle around the hips.

    She wants to show off some skin.

    She doesn’t care who’s looking.

    Or who’s not.

    She’s got flesh and a lot of it.

    A woman needs weight in the world.

    Damn, she is getting hot just thinking

    about the way the sun likes to touch her.

    She finds a strapless bikini

    in her favorite color, brilliant magenta.

    Barely a bottom. Perfect.

    Another suit in hunter orange.

    She plans to be swimming with sharks

    and wants them to know she is there.

    God, she loves shopping for bathing suits.

    She could do it all day with that long tri-fold mirror

    that knows she gives squat

    about who’s the loveliest of all,

    but dang, how could she not notice

    how great it is to have hips, like hers,

    how fine to have some real meat to swing around.

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    • 33 min
    Episode 9: How Should We Think About Awards & Contests?

    Episode 9: How Should We Think About Awards & Contests?

    Why should you enter a contest? Even if you don’t win, how might it help you? And what are downsides of entering? In this special episode, recorded live at the Telluride Lit Fest just before the announcement of the Fischer and Cantor Prizes, w talk about big juicy tomatoes, how judges make decisions, why the … Continue reading Episode 9: How Should We Think About Awards & Contests? →

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    • 35 min
    Episode 9 Bonus: Luis Lopez and Rafael Jesús González on Creative Process

    Episode 9 Bonus: Luis Lopez and Rafael Jesús González on Creative Process

    In this bonus episode, Luis Lopez, poet laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope, and Rafael Jesús González, poet laureate of Berkeley, each read a poem and talk about their writing process. And that’s not all! Below, we present a poem Rafael Jesús González wrote about judging the Fischer poetry prize. We think his poem should be prerequisite … Continue reading Episode 9 Bonus: Luis Lopez and Rafael Jesús González on Creative Process →

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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

SherryBelul ,

Makes me smile ... and think!

I love this podcast! I always feel as if they are sitting in my living room with me, sipping wine and talking about all things creative. I love how these episodes bring me to life. I love how they make me think about new angles on creativity and form. I love the joy and enthusiasm!

KristjanaMama ,

Creative Sparks!

This podcast has quickly become a favorite. Each episode I've listened to has given me an idea and a take-away to spur me on to taking my creative process to a more sustainable level. I could seriously use a dose of these on all of my morning commutes... if only they could become a syndicated radio show on the morning NPR circuit?? :)

Heathercita13 ,

Insightful, motivating, inspiring, playful podcast

Because of these two brilliant, humorous, prolific creators, “Obey the emerging form!” has become my mantra in my writing practice as well as my new business. I have laughed in each episode (which is always a welcome relief these days!) and been inspired and motivated by hosts Rosemerry and Christie’s topics of choice, musings and guests. This has become a regular listen for me on my podcast lineup, and a tool in my creator’s toolbox, and I get all twitterpated when I see a new episode is up! Thanks, Rosemerry and Christie!

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