Sema provides an evloving space for engagement and community across form, place, and time. Initiated in 2018, Sema has taken the form of a podcast on loss, grief, healing, & death, a poetry reading & workshop series, and a collection of micro-interviews with writers. TUNING is the present expression of Sema.
About the podcast.
A conversation with Ann O’Leary Young, M.S.W., LCSW, on the early deaths of her father and brother, how grief gets passed through families, and the complex roles associated with being a therapist.
Poet Rushi Vyas discusses his father's death by suicide, writing after loss, the wisdom of detachment, and his exploration of ritual as a tool for healing and decolonization.
A conversation with poet Tyler Brewington that considers place, grief rhythms, the comfort of geologic time, and the link between friendship and the formation of self.
Bridge episode exploring episodes 1-3 + attention practice.
Poet and botanist Cedar Brant on newborn loss, the role of place in her healing process, and the erasure of self that can accompany both deep grief and parenthood.
A conversation with writer, editor, and teacher Erinrose Mager on the unknowingness associated with adoption and parental estrangement, the interplay between potentiality and failure, and ritual as a presencing practice.
Writer and professor Camille T. Dungy on loss as an ambient presence, climate change, cross-generational relationships, and connecting individual loss with global crisis.
A conversation with writer, teacher, and editor Mairead Case that explores relationality in life and after death, embodiment, and grieving and writing about suicide.
Readings & Events
A. H. Jerriod Avant
Colleen Louise Barry
Camille T. Dungy
Lillian Ruth Nickerson
Caroline O’Connor Thomas
Michael Joseph Walsh