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Latest Episodes

Episode 20: Isabella Simonetti's reflection on writing about loss during a pandemic

EIsabella Simonetti, a current student at the University of Pennsylvania and the President of The Daily Pennsylvanian, joins Jamie-Lee for DPS's first Zoom episode. They discuss the writing Isabella has produced in an independent study at Penn about her mother's death from breast cancer, and how the scope of this work changed when the semester suddenly went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

47 MINMAY 29
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Episode 20: Isabella Simonetti's reflection on writing about loss during a pandemic

Episode 19: Gianna DeMedio on "Sixty-Three" and So Sorry For Your Loss

EGianna DeMedio, host of the podcast and blog So Sorry for Your Loss, joins Jamie-Lee to read and discuss her essay "Sixty-Three," about her discovery that several members of her family died at the same age, as well as the ordinary rituals of grief like a visit to the cemetery. She and Jamie-Lee discuss the notion of legacy, the community that comes through writing and podcasting about grief, and more, including how both Gianna and Jamie-Lee reacted to the recent deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter.

63 MINMAR 10
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Episode 19: Gianna DeMedio on "Sixty-Three" and So Sorry For Your Loss

Episode 18: DPS featured on "Live at the Writers House" on WXPN

EThis special episode of Dead Parents Society was recorded before a live audience at the Kelly Writers House and aired on WXPN, the public radio station at the University of Pennsylvania, in November 2019. Hosted as always by Jamie-Lee Josselyn, this episode features work by Emily Harnett, Zoe Osbourne, Gianna DeMedio, and Rachel Levy Lesser. Special thanks to WXPN for this opportunity and for letting us share this recording as a podcast.

56 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Episode 18: DPS featured on "Live at the Writers House" on WXPN

Episode 17: Rachel Levy Lesser on "Hair Pulled Back in a Twilly"

ERachel Levy Lesser, author of Life's Accessories: A Memoir and Fashion Guide, joins Jamie-Lee and Darcy Walker Krause, Executive Director of the Uplift Center for Grieving Children. The three of them discuss an essay from Rachel's new collection called "Hair Pulled Back in a Twilly," which is about not just Rachel's loss of her mother and the immediate aftermath, but about how and what we remember, how we can give and get support in grief, and what purpose a simple object can serve as me move forward.

56 MIN2019 NOV 6
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Episode 17: Rachel Levy Lesser on "Hair Pulled Back in a Twilly"

Episode 16: Molly O'Neill on "Parts of a Life""

EMolly O'Neill, a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor, writer, and longtime friend of the Kelly Writers House community reads from her essay "Parts of a Life" from YogaPoetica.com and discusses the piece with Jamie-Lee and DPS brilliant pal Anna Strong Safford. In their conversation, they discuss how teaching and practicing yoga integrated into Molly's grief of her father's death from Parkinson's Disease, and how writing factors in as well.

41 MIN2019 SEP 14
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Episode 16: Molly O'Neill on "Parts of a Life""

Episode 15: Solomon Mussing on "Letter to My Father"

ESolomon Mussing, who also goes by the name L'Hussen Toure, an alum of the Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House, talks with Jamie-Lee about his piece "Letter to My Father," a memoir in the style of direct-address that he wrote to his father, who died by suicide. They discuss the obvious, unflinching directness of the mode, the way a writer considers his reader in this style, the risks involved in such a piece, and more.

61 MIN2019 AUG 8
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Episode 15: Solomon Mussing on "Letter to My Father"

Episode 14: Anna Strong Safford on "because my memories"

EIn our Season 2 premiere, Anna Strong Safford, instructor and curriculum specialist at Penn, joins Jamie-Lee and DPS brilliant pal Molly O'Neill to read and discuss her poem "because my memories" from her manuscript bled. Anna's poem inspires a conversation about the use of earthly (and, indeed, worldly) imagery in writing about one's memories of grief, the way parental grief can transfer and shift from one parent to the other, and how found language can inspire our work as writers.

44 MIN2019 JUL 2
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Episode 14: Anna Strong Safford on "because my memories"

Episode 13: Rebecca Soffer of Modern Loss

ERebecca Soffer, co-author of the book Modern Loss and co-founder of ModernLoss.com, joins Jamie-Lee and others in the Kelly Writers House garden for a live reading and conversation about writing about grief, the community that comes from it, and the various emotions and moods that this writing can evoke (spoiler alert: it doesn't always have to be sad!).

62 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Episode 13: Rebecca Soffer of Modern Loss

Episode 12: John Culhane on "Little Mirrors of Mortality"

ESlate.com contributor and Widener Law professor John Culhane joins Jamie-Lee and Maya to read and discuss his piece "Little Mirrors of Mortality," which is from the perspective of a parent realizing his mortality in his children's eyes. Our usual perspective is flipped, in a sense, to great effect thanks to John's piece. We also discuss John's perspective as a gay dad who came out later in life, and relate the idea of "coming out" to how those who've lost parents young choose to identify themselves.

64 MIN2018 OCT 16
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Episode 12: John Culhane on "Little Mirrors of Mortality"

Episode 11: Arielle Brousse on "Grief Beach"

EArielle Brousse, author of the TinyLetter "Grief Beach" joins Jamie-Lee, Maya, and Sabrina to discuss how she came to write a weekly letter to friends and others about her difficult year of loss and how the form of a TinyLetter has impacted her writing, her grieving, and her relationships. They also discuss writing about not just grieving the death of two of her grandparents, but the end of a long-term relationship as well.

61 MIN2018 SEP 25
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Episode 11: Arielle Brousse on "Grief Beach"

Latest Episodes

Episode 20: Isabella Simonetti's reflection on writing about loss during a pandemic

EIsabella Simonetti, a current student at the University of Pennsylvania and the President of The Daily Pennsylvanian, joins Jamie-Lee for DPS's first Zoom episode. They discuss the writing Isabella has produced in an independent study at Penn about her mother's death from breast cancer, and how the scope of this work changed when the semester suddenly went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

47 MINMAY 29
Comments
Episode 20: Isabella Simonetti's reflection on writing about loss during a pandemic

Episode 19: Gianna DeMedio on "Sixty-Three" and So Sorry For Your Loss

EGianna DeMedio, host of the podcast and blog So Sorry for Your Loss, joins Jamie-Lee to read and discuss her essay "Sixty-Three," about her discovery that several members of her family died at the same age, as well as the ordinary rituals of grief like a visit to the cemetery. She and Jamie-Lee discuss the notion of legacy, the community that comes through writing and podcasting about grief, and more, including how both Gianna and Jamie-Lee reacted to the recent deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter.

63 MINMAR 10
Comments
Episode 19: Gianna DeMedio on "Sixty-Three" and So Sorry For Your Loss

Episode 18: DPS featured on "Live at the Writers House" on WXPN

EThis special episode of Dead Parents Society was recorded before a live audience at the Kelly Writers House and aired on WXPN, the public radio station at the University of Pennsylvania, in November 2019. Hosted as always by Jamie-Lee Josselyn, this episode features work by Emily Harnett, Zoe Osbourne, Gianna DeMedio, and Rachel Levy Lesser. Special thanks to WXPN for this opportunity and for letting us share this recording as a podcast.

56 MIN2019 DEC 11
Comments
Episode 18: DPS featured on "Live at the Writers House" on WXPN

Episode 17: Rachel Levy Lesser on "Hair Pulled Back in a Twilly"

ERachel Levy Lesser, author of Life's Accessories: A Memoir and Fashion Guide, joins Jamie-Lee and Darcy Walker Krause, Executive Director of the Uplift Center for Grieving Children. The three of them discuss an essay from Rachel's new collection called "Hair Pulled Back in a Twilly," which is about not just Rachel's loss of her mother and the immediate aftermath, but about how and what we remember, how we can give and get support in grief, and what purpose a simple object can serve as me move forward.

56 MIN2019 NOV 6
Comments
Episode 17: Rachel Levy Lesser on "Hair Pulled Back in a Twilly"

Episode 16: Molly O'Neill on "Parts of a Life""

EMolly O'Neill, a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor, writer, and longtime friend of the Kelly Writers House community reads from her essay "Parts of a Life" from YogaPoetica.com and discusses the piece with Jamie-Lee and DPS brilliant pal Anna Strong Safford. In their conversation, they discuss how teaching and practicing yoga integrated into Molly's grief of her father's death from Parkinson's Disease, and how writing factors in as well.

41 MIN2019 SEP 14
Comments
Episode 16: Molly O'Neill on "Parts of a Life""

Episode 15: Solomon Mussing on "Letter to My Father"

ESolomon Mussing, who also goes by the name L'Hussen Toure, an alum of the Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House, talks with Jamie-Lee about his piece "Letter to My Father," a memoir in the style of direct-address that he wrote to his father, who died by suicide. They discuss the obvious, unflinching directness of the mode, the way a writer considers his reader in this style, the risks involved in such a piece, and more.

61 MIN2019 AUG 8
Comments
Episode 15: Solomon Mussing on "Letter to My Father"

Episode 14: Anna Strong Safford on "because my memories"

EIn our Season 2 premiere, Anna Strong Safford, instructor and curriculum specialist at Penn, joins Jamie-Lee and DPS brilliant pal Molly O'Neill to read and discuss her poem "because my memories" from her manuscript bled. Anna's poem inspires a conversation about the use of earthly (and, indeed, worldly) imagery in writing about one's memories of grief, the way parental grief can transfer and shift from one parent to the other, and how found language can inspire our work as writers.

44 MIN2019 JUL 2
Comments
Episode 14: Anna Strong Safford on "because my memories"

Episode 13: Rebecca Soffer of Modern Loss

ERebecca Soffer, co-author of the book Modern Loss and co-founder of ModernLoss.com, joins Jamie-Lee and others in the Kelly Writers House garden for a live reading and conversation about writing about grief, the community that comes from it, and the various emotions and moods that this writing can evoke (spoiler alert: it doesn't always have to be sad!).

62 MIN2018 DEC 21
Comments
Episode 13: Rebecca Soffer of Modern Loss

Episode 12: John Culhane on "Little Mirrors of Mortality"

ESlate.com contributor and Widener Law professor John Culhane joins Jamie-Lee and Maya to read and discuss his piece "Little Mirrors of Mortality," which is from the perspective of a parent realizing his mortality in his children's eyes. Our usual perspective is flipped, in a sense, to great effect thanks to John's piece. We also discuss John's perspective as a gay dad who came out later in life, and relate the idea of "coming out" to how those who've lost parents young choose to identify themselves.

64 MIN2018 OCT 16
Comments
Episode 12: John Culhane on "Little Mirrors of Mortality"

Episode 11: Arielle Brousse on "Grief Beach"

EArielle Brousse, author of the TinyLetter "Grief Beach" joins Jamie-Lee, Maya, and Sabrina to discuss how she came to write a weekly letter to friends and others about her difficult year of loss and how the form of a TinyLetter has impacted her writing, her grieving, and her relationships. They also discuss writing about not just grieving the death of two of her grandparents, but the end of a long-term relationship as well.

61 MIN2018 SEP 25
Comments
Episode 11: Arielle Brousse on "Grief Beach"
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