From 2018-2021, Sema was an evolving experiment in shared attention & community-making across form, place, & time. Initiated as a poetry-focused organization in Boise, Idaho, Sema has also been a virtual space for interviews with writers, & a series of experimental conversations on death & grief.
About the podcast.
A conversation with Ann O’Leary Young, M.S.W., LCSW, my mother, on the early deaths of her father & brother, how grief passes through families, and being a therapist.
Poet Rushi Vyas on writing after sudden & unexpected loss, the wisdom of detachment, and ritual as a tool for healing & decolonization.
Poet Tyler Brewington on place, grief rhythms, the comfort of geologic time, and the link between friendship & formation of self.
Reexamining episodes 1 -3 + somatic practice.
Poet & botanist Cedar Brant on newborn loss, the role of place in healing, and erasure of self in deep grief and parenthood.
Writer, editor, & teacher Erinrose Mager on the unknowingness associated with adoption and parental estrangement, the interplay between potentiality & failure, and ritual as a presencing force.
Writer & professor Camille T. Dungy on loss as a continuous presence, cross-generational relationships, and climate crisis.
Writer, teacher, & editor Mairead Case explores relationality in life & after death, embodiment, and grieving & writing about suicide.
A. H. Jerriod Avant
Colleen Louise Barry
Camille T. Dungy
Lillian Ruth Nickerson
Caroline O’Connor Thomas
Michael Joseph Walsh