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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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    Episode 55 bonus: We're writing again!

    Episode 55 bonus: We're writing again!

    In this bonus episode, Christie and Rosemerry read some of the new works they’ve created since the trauma of the last four months.

    Finding My Friend’s Unwritten Poems, Christie at Last Word On NothingDigging Potatoes, 2021, by RosemerryCondition, by Rosemerry

    Please note: after we recorded this podcast, we experienced yet another sad event and we need to take a short break to focus on self-care. We will return next month, and when we do, we will have some very exciting news to share. In the meantime, all paid subscriptions will be put on hold (you won’t be charged) until we return. See you again soon!

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    Image by Ollie Taylor

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    • 8 min
    Episode 55: Why do we do this (creative practice)?

    Episode 55: Why do we do this (creative practice)?

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    Photo: Rosemerry and Christie celebrating Rosemerry’s birthday on a recent sleety/snowy day in Telluride.

    In this episode of Emerging Form, Rosemerry and Christie discuss how their recent traumas affected their creative output and how taking a break from writing ultimately helped their creative process.

    A quick note: after we recorded this podcast, we were hit with yet another cascade of sadness and we need to take a short break to focus on self-care. We will be back in a few weeks, and when we do we will have some exciting news to share. In the meantime, paid subscribers will receive a very special bonus episode next Thursday, and all paid subscriptions will be put on hold (you won’t be charged) until we return (very soon, we promise!).

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    • 27 min
    Episode 54: What's at stake, with Jack Ridl

    Episode 54: What's at stake, with Jack Ridl

    Why invest in your creative life? In this episode of Emerging Form, we continue with our Soul Food Series with poet and teacher Jack Ridl. He talks about how our creative endeavors link us to the big history and reconnect us with what really matters. Then he brings us the news of the heart, reading poems from How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope. An episode full of inspiration, invitation and devotion--an episode to send you to the canvas or stage or blank page with a renewed sense of what’s at stake. 

    Jack Ridl, Poet Laureate of Douglas, Michigan (Population 1100), in April 2019 released Saint Peter and the Goldfinch. Jack’s Practicing to Walk Like a Heron was awarded the National Gold Medal for poetry by ForeWord Review/IndieFab. His collection Broken Symmetry was co-recipient of The Society of Midland Authors best book of poetry award for 2006. His Losing Season was named the best sports book of the year for 2009 by The Institute for International Sport, and The Boston Globe named it one of the five best books about sports. Jack and his wife Julie founded the visiting writers series at Hope College where he taught for 37 years. The students named him both their Outstanding Professor and Favorite Professor, and in 1996 The Carnegie (CASE) Foundation named him Michigan Professor of the Year. In retirement Jack conducts a variety of writing workshops, welcomes readings, holds one on one sessions, and more. 

    Jack’s website: www.ridl.com

    How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope

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    • 37 min
    Episode 53: Reflection with Susan J. Tweit

    Episode 53: Reflection with Susan J. Tweit

    “Learn. Fail. Grow.” That’s part of the creative action plan for award-winning writer and Susan J. Tweit. In this episode of Emerging Form, we continue our Soul Food Series and talk with Susan about the importance of reflection--how writing not only helps us to meet difficult moments, but also helps us to find “deeper levels and better understanding” as time passes. We talk about the process of reflection and how it leads our writing toward the universal. As Susan says, “Without reflection, what’s the point?”

    An award-winning writer and plant ecologist, Susan J. Tweit began her career in Wyoming, studying grizzly bear habitat—collecting and dissecting bear poop—coring trees to map historic wildfires, and researching aromatic big sagebrush. Tweit began writing after realizing that she loved writing the stories behind the data as much as collecting the data. She's written thirteen non-fiction books ranging from memoir and nature writing to kids and travel, along with hundreds of magazine articles, columns, and essays. She admits to being a plant nerd focused on the intriguing lives and interrelationships that weave the West’s living landscapes. Her passion is re-storying this earth, and those with whom we who share the planet. When Tweit is not writing, she's most often outside eradicating invasive weeds—restoring nature, plant by plant. As a Quaker, she walks her talk, and she lives with her heart outstretched as if it were her hand, loving this world. Her most recent book is Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying. 

    Susan Tweit’s website.

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    • 32 min
    Episode 52: What does it mean to show up? With Jude Jordan Kalush

    Episode 52: What does it mean to show up? With Jude Jordan Kalush

    What Does It Really Mean to Show Up? 

    In this episode, we speak with Rosemerry’s mentor and beloved friend Judith Jordan Kalush about how the way we meet our daily life intimately informs our creative practice. Are we listening? Are we distracted? Are we opening? Do we feel our connection to the rest of the world? What are we choosing to tune into? It’s a powerful episode with no platitudes, but with hard-earned deep wisdom that comes from devotion.

    Jude Jordan Kalush is an unpindownable wonder of a human who was raised in Brazil where her father was a Baptist minister and missionary. In 2005, she received her Master’s Degree in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University. As she says,” As far as I can tell the world is held together by a glue called LOVE. The oneness of everything.” She was the founder and director of Colorado’s performance poetry festival, SPARROWS, which was held 1999-2007 and now creates poetry videos for her youtube channel, PoetJude. For decades, she has led dreamwork circles and classes and in recent years opened a Fair Trade business. She and her wife, Micah, are presently living in California. 

    Jude’s You Tube Channel 

    Jude’s Go Fund Me for the hungry in Brazil

    Dream worker Jeremy Taylor

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    • 37 min
    Episode 51: Beyond the Binary with Wendy Videlock

    Episode 51: Beyond the Binary with Wendy Videlock

    “In our evolution, we are coming to understand nuances and in betweens are necessary to living a full life,” says poet and painter Wendy Videlock. She quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise.” In this episode, we continue to explore how life itself is the greatest creative process and how we are asked to live and create in the messy middle, and how all of us, all of us, are makers.

    Wendy Videlock lives in Palisade, Colorado, on the Western Slope of the Rockies. Her full-length books of poetry include Nevertheless, Slingshots and Love Plums, The Dark Gnu and Other Poems. Her blog, Ghost Buffalo explores painting and poeming and life in the west. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Rattle, Terrain, Able Muse, New Criterion and many more. Her artwork, including alcohol inks, is sold in galleries around the West, and she teaches in a freelance capacity across the arts. She organizes poetry festivals on the Western Slope and is well respected in the formalist community.

    View Wendy’s beautiful art on her instagram

    Wendy’s website

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

NinoAgogo ,

Puts the “Po” in “InsPo”

Poetry puts the “Po” in this sweet “InsPo” — the poetry of a friendship between professional writers from different disciplines. The hosts apply their sparkling chemistry and thoughtful interview style to the task of helping the creative community with tools, insights and a feeling of camaraderie that permeates this delightful podcast. Hits on many level — intellectual, fun and very relatable.

And…. gotta love that cello!

chelseawald ,

Insights about the creative process

The conversations in this podcast are wise, gentle, encouraging, warm, and funny. I listen when I need to nourish my creative spirit.

Cindy.Kuzma ,

Inspirational and aspirational

I’m a journalist who writes about running and science and I’ve always admired Christie Aschwanden’s work. Listening to her in conversation with a poet has brought a whole new perspective to her work, and my own—and introduced me to new ideas and formats I never would have contemplated. I truly appreciate the way they’ve navigated the pandemic and the social unrest afterward, too. I respect their choice to take a summer break but I’ll be eagerly awaiting their return.

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