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Rosemarie Dombrowski

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Biography: 

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ, the founding editor of Write On, Downtown: A Journal of Phoenix Writing, rinky dink press (a publisher of micropoetry in microzine form), and most recently, The Revolution (Relaunch), a revisionary, radical, and creative resurgence of the weekly women’s rights newspaper founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in 1868. 

She is the recipient of five Pushcart nominations, a Whiting Fellowship nomination (2019), a 2017 Arts Hero Award, the 2017 Carrie McCray Literary Award in Nonfiction, and a 2017 fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. She was also named a finalist for the Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest (sponsored by Brooklyn Poets) in April of 2019.

Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014), The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], winner of the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition.

She teaches courses on Women’s Literature, Medical Humanities, Creative Ethnography, and Journal Curation/Editing on ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. She also teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and at Changing Hands Bookstore. 

 

Education: 
  • University of Iowa International Writing Program, summer 2014 and 2016
  • Ph.D. English (American Literature), Arizona State University, 2007
  • B.A. English, Arizona State University, 1996
  • B.A. Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1996
  • African Studies Program, University of Ghana at Legon, summer 1996
Research Interests: 

Her research interests include confessional poetry, the poetics of identity, creative ethnography, and poetry as public art. More specifically, she is interested in sociological and artistic approaches to defining & building community as well as the social integration of the literary arts to promote agency, egalitarianism, and healing. She is a founding member of the We Are Downtown coalition and the founder of the Community Poetry Gardens Project, both of which explore the aformentioned arenas. She is currently the faculty advisor for the Devils Writing Society.

Her broader interests include sustainability and green-living as well as exploring the impact of toxic chemicals on biological and cognitive function. Accordingly, she was the faculty advisor for both the Green Devils Downtown and the Future Leaders of Holistic Healthcare (FLHH). 

 

Publications: 

Poetry Collections

The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story]) (chapbook), Split Rock Review, April 2018.

The Book of Emergencies (2nd edition; inclusion of the award-winning sequence 17 Letters) Five Oaks Press, NY, November 2017.

The Philosophy of Unclean Things, Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY, January 2017.

The Book of Emergencies, Five Oaks Press, NY, December 2014.

 

Poetry

▪ “The Psychology of Expatriation I, II, & III,” Anthro/Poetics: An Anthology on Culture and Writing about Culture, New Mexico State Press, forthcoming.

▪ “The Audubon Guide to Relationships, Plate No. 62;” “The Audubon Guide to Relationships, Plate No. 116;” “The Audubon Guide to Relationships, Plate No. 146,” J Journal: New Writing on Justice (CUNY), June 2018.

▪ “Lithium;” “Oxygen;” “Sodium;” “Argon;” “Potassium;” “Calcium,” {isacoustic*}, May 2018.

▪ “Into the Union” (a redaction of the Petition for Missouri Statehood), UnLost Journal, May 2018.

▪ “Canal Restoration Project, Spring 2018;” “Truck Stop Synesthesia;” “From the Backseat,” Shrew Literary Zine, April 2018.

▪ “Helium;” “Carbon;” “Nitrogen,” Split Rock Review, April 2018.

▪ “Cosmological Litmus Test,” Spiral Orb, December 2017.

▪ From 17 Letters to B: An Appendix to The Book of Emergencies (poems 1, 5, 7, 8, & 10), BPL Press, October 2017.

▪ “The Audubon Guide to Relationships, Plate No. 142” & “The Audubon Guide to Relationships, Plate No. 147,” Split Rock Review, September 2017.

▪ “Love in the Time of Redaction” & “The Art of Swaying,” Blackstone Review, June 2017.

▪ “Humanization;” “That time you said you wanted to fall in love;” “Scottsdale, Arizona is a metaphor for death and apathy mixed with memory,” Two Hawks Quarterly, June 2017.

▪ “(Re)Cultivating a Habit,” Pages Per Content (Phoenix-based zine), April 2017.

▪ “Austin’s Bar & Grill, Olathe, Kansas, 2-23-17,” Pages Per Content (Phoenix-based zine), March 2017.

▪ “Civic Space Park,” Phoenix Magazine, March 2017.

▪ “Anti-Chlorinated Feminism,” West Texas Literary Review, March 2017.

▪ “Cu (Copper);” “As (Arsenic);” “CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8 • 4H2O (Turquoise),” Bombay Gin (the annual literary journal of the Jack Kerouac school at Naropa), 2017. 

▪ “Mineral 100, 151, 429 (Anhydrite),” Route 7 Review, May 2016.

▪ “for cummings and the very beautifully suddenly rendering death and forever,” The Wax Paper, Issue 3, April 2016.

▪ “Mineral 212, 213 (Crocoite);” “Mineral 168, 247, 269 (Siderite);” “Mineral 275 et al (Wulfenite),” Helen Literary Magazine, April 2016.

▪ “An Inexact Taphonomy (I-VII),” In Focus: A Collaboration between Four Chambers + Eye Lounge (anthology), Four Chambers Press, Phoenix, AZ, March 2016.

▪ “Infidelity,” Stonecoast Review, December 2015.

▪ “The only Night it Snowed in Phoenix,” Welcome Home: Poetry and Prose for Welcome Hospitality, (anthology), Four Chambers Press, Phoenix, AZ, October 2015.

▪ “Civil War” & “The Resurrection of Lazarus with Worms,” The Poet’s Billow, summer 2015.

▪ “Save the Cat: Poetry Edition,” Rat’s Ass Review, July 2015.

▪ “How to be an Activist,” Out of the Box (zine), April 2015. 

▪ “Excavation Tucson,” Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum (anthology), Four Chambers Press, Phoenix, AZ, March 2015.

▪ “Seven Days,” Hartskill Review, August 2014.

▪ “Revelation Winter” & “Fictions,” Phoenix Poetry Series Retrospective, September 2011.

▪ “Mimesis,” Ginosko Literary Journal, Issue 9, Fall/Winter 2009.

▪ “Three Improvisations on Abstraction,” Columbia Review, Spring 2008.

▪ “Non-Identical Matching,” Tipton Poetry Journal, Spring 2008.

▪ From The Book of Emergencies (#2 & #7), Salt River Review, 10th Anniversary Issue, Spring 2008.

▪ “Expatriation III;” “The Roots of Gazelle;” “Plausible Heaven,” Stickman Literary Review, December 2006.

▪ “La Relacion” & “The Almanac,” Pemmican Literary Magazine, August 2006.

▪ “Writing The History of Sexuality,” Carnelian Poetry, July 2006.

▪ “Transfigurations” & “Baltic Resin,” Lily Literary Review, November 2005.

▪ “Old-Fashioned Intercourse,” Aurora Review, Fall 2005.

▪ “Sunken,” Salt River Review, Fall 2005.

▪ “Unwrap the Gift Psychosis,” Branches Quarterly, Fall 2004.

▪ “So This is Finality,” Poetic Diversity, May 2004.

▪ “Psycho(verse)-Suspicion,” Pemmican Literary Magazine, Spring 2004.

 

Fiction

▪ “Manhandling: to maltreat, ill-treat, mistreat, maul, molest;” “Manhandling: the unauthorized handling of another;” “Manhandling: to handle or push someone roughly;” “Manhandling: to [psychologically] knock about or around,” Paper Nautilus, Winter 2016.

▪ “Manhandling: to touch the male genitals,” Nano, 10th Anniversary Edition, Winter 2016.

▪ “Lessons from Incidents that Might’ve Occurred in Key West,” Thrice Fiction, December 2015.

▪ “Sage” & “Bagua and the Art of Loss,” Spilled Milk, November 2015.

▪ “How I Knew I Needed Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca,” A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, January 2013.

 

Non-Fiction

▪ “The Art of Disappearing,” Storm Cellar Volume VII, No. 1, July 2018.

▪ “On Helium, Carbon, Nitrogen, and the Quirks of a Quirky Poet” (contributor spotlight essay), Split Rock Review, May 2018.

▪ Néstor Perlongher’s Cadavers (Book Review), Angel City Review, April 2018.

▪ “17 Letters,” The Petigru Review, October 2017.

▪ “Broken Wandering Scavenger,” Breathe Free Press, August 2017.

▪ “What the Fuck is a Femivore,” FemStatic Zine, October 2015.

▪ “Discovering Diversity Downtown:  Questioning Phoenix” (co-authored), Metropolitan Universities Journal, October 2015.

▪ “That Time We Watched the Sunset on a Swing” (Poetry & Flash Memoir), He Said To Me: Conversations That Inspired Us To Write (online project), Five Oaks Press and Foiled Crown Books, September 2015.

▪ “Academia vs. Poetry: How the Gatekeepers of Contemporary Literature might be Killing It,” The Review Review, December 2014.

▪ “I’m Bringing Single Back,” Diary of a Gay Spinster (blog series), February 2014.

▪ “Love Letter to Phoenix,” Vanishing Phoenix (re-publication), December 2012.

▪ “Love Letter to Phoenix,” Huffington Post (Love Letter Project), December 2012.

▪ “The Silent Lives of High Chairs,” Inkless Magazine (Art Talk), September 2010.

▪ “Why I Pray,” Inkless Magazine, September 2009.

▪ “The Battle between Image and Word: Why Poetry Died and How we Might Resuscitate It (one reader at a time),” Inkless Magazine, August 2009.

▪ “Pupils and Publications,” Inkless Magazine, July 2009.

▪ “Walt: The Reigning (and Unchallenged) Poet of the People,” Inkless Magazine, June 2009.

▪ “Ethnography of a College Classroom,” Inkless Magazine, April 2009.

▪ “Teaching/Preaching Poetry,” Inkless Magazine, Inaugural Issue, March 2009.

▪ “Some Thoughts on Modern Poetics,” merge: a journal of convergent ideas, Spring 2007.

 

Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 364Women and Literature
ENG 394Special Topics
HON 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
HON 394Special Topics
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 364Women and Literature
ENG 394Special Topics
HON 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
ENG 364Women and Literature
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 364Women and Literature
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
ENG 352Short Story
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
ENG 335American Poetry
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 287Beginning Workshop Poetry
ENG 364Women and Literature
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 335American Poetry
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 287Beginning Workshop Poetry
ENG 364Women and Literature
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 352Short Story
ENG 387Intermediate Workshop Poetry
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 493Honors Thesis
Honors / Awards: 

▪ Finalist for a Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant, August 2019. 

▪ Finalist for The Fourth River Review Folio Contest for Poetry, May 2019.

▪ Finalist for the Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest, Brooklyn Poets, May 2019.

▪ Winner of the Silver Needle Press Flash Fiction Contest (for “Manhandling: to move by human strength”), October 2018. 

▪ Finalist for the Likely Red Press first annual Chapbook Contest (for Manhandling), October 2018.

▪ Second Prize winner of the 2018 Force Majeure Flash Contest (for “The Art of Disappearing”), June 2018.

▪ Finalist for The River Styx Microfiction Contest (for “Manhandling: to maneuver”), February 2018.

▪ Pushcart Prize nominee for17 Letters, nominated by The Petigru Review, December 2017.

▪ Recipient of an Arts Hero Award (i.e. sponsored by ON Media, SRP, & Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern AZ), October 2017 (profile appeared in Phoenix Symphony & Herberger Theater programs; physical award received May 2018).

▪ Winner of the Split Rock Review Annual Chapbook Contest (for The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals: [A Love Story]), August 2017.

▪ Winner of the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award in Nonfiction (for “17 Letters”), South Carolina Writers Association, July 2017.

▪ Finalist for the Winston-Salem Writers Annual Contest (for “17 Letters”), July 2017.

▪ Named one of Modern Luxury | Scottsdale Magazine’s “Best of the City,” June/July 2017.

▪ Recipient of a Fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics for the “Phoenix Community Poetry Gardens” project, April 2017.

▪ “Best of the Web” nominee (for “Civil War”), nominated by The Poet’s Billow, August 2016.

▪ Pushcart Prize nominee (for “Civil War”), nominated by The Poet’s Billow, December 2015.

▪ Finalist for the Pangaea Poetry Prize for “Civil War” & “The Resurrection of Lazarus with Worms,” summer 2015.

▪ Pushcart Prize Nominee for Non-Identical Matching, Three Approximations of Maturity, Spitting at the Moon, nominated by Five Oaks Press, December 2014.

▪ Recipient of an Academic Excellence in Diversity Grant (8-member team, $5000), We Are Downtown Project, ASU DPC, October 2013.

▪ Recipient of Women and Philanthropy Grant (3-member team, $4500), Write-On Downtown Project, ASU DPC, October 2009.

 

Editorships: 

Founding Editor, The Revolution (Relaunch) (a creative resurgence of the women’s rights newspaper founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony), June 2019-present.

Co-Editor, Osher Lifelong Learning: Our Community Anthology, November 2018.

Co-Editor, Counter Narratives: Voices of Refusal, Resistance, & Joy, ed. Evan Anderson & R. Dombrowski, Four Chambers Press, April 2018.

Co-Editor, Weaving the Threads: Women + Community + Art, Four Chambers Press, February 2017.

Founding Editor, rinky dink press (a publisher of micropoetry in microzine form), November 2015-present.

Poetry Editor, Four Chambers Journal (Literary Magazine) & Four Chambers Press, Phoenix, AZ, August 2013-August 2018.

Co-Founding Editor, Write On, Downtown (undergraduate-journal-turned-community-publication), ASU DPC, January 2007-present.

Founding Editor, merge: a journal of convergent ideas (poetry journal), Phoenix, AZ, January 2005-December 2011.