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Rosemarie Dombrowski

Lecturer Sr MY
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 0520
Lecturer Sr MY
Academic Professional, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3251
Biography

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the founder of rinky dink press, an editor at Four Chambers Press, the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, and the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix. She is the recipient of four Pushcart Award nominations, an Arts Hero Award, the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award in Nonfiction, and a fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. Her collections include The Book of Emergencies, which was the recipient of a 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Award, The Philosophy of Unclean Things, and the forthcoming The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], winner of the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition. She teaches community-based courses for teens, adults, and seniors and is a Senior Lecturer in English at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

 

Education

University of Iowa International Writing Program, summer 2014 & 2016.

Ph.D. English (American Literature), Arizona State University, August 2007.

B.A. English, Arizona State University, December 1996.

B.A. Anthropology, Arizona State University, December 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.

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

Publications

Poetry Collections

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

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), forthcoming/Spring 2018.

▪ “Helium;” “Carbon;” “Nitrogen,” Split Rock Review, forthcoming/Spring 2018.

▪ 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

▪ “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.

 

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
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 352Short Story
ENG 387Intermediate Workshop Poetry
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
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 335American Poetry
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 287Beginning Workshop Poetry
ENG 364Women and Literature
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 352Short Story
ENG 394Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 364Women and Literature
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 352Short Story
ENG 387Intermediate Workshop Poetry
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 335American Poetry
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 364Women and Literature
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
Honors / Awards

▪ Recipient of an Arts Hero Award (i.e. sponsored by ON Media, SRP, & Arts Foundation for the Tucson & Southern AZ), October 2017.

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

▪ Recipient of the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award (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 “Community Poetry Gardens” project, ASU, April 2017.

▪ Named a “Bad Ass Woman of ASU,” Women’s H(er)story Month, ASU, March 2017.

▪ Named #52 in Phoenix Magazine’s101 Things We Love About the Valley: Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski, March 2017.

▪ Named #23 in Phoenix Magazine’s101 Things We Love About the Valley: Our literary scene (including literary journal/publishing house Four Chambers Press & micropoetry publisher Rinky Dink Press), March 2017.

▪ Named the inaugural Poet Laureate for the city of Phoenix by a committee that included AZ State Laureate, Alberto Rios, Navajo Nation Laureate, Laura Tohe, Mayor Greg Stanton, and others; two-year term), December 2016.

▪ Winner of a Human Relations Indie Book Award for Poetry for The Book of Emergencies, December 2016.

▪ Named “Best Literary Powerhouse” for Four Chambers Press, Phoenix Magazine’s Best of the Valley 2016, December 2016.

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

▪ Named Affiliate Faculty of the Creative Writing Program (selected by the CW program on the Tempe campus for my work with CW students), Spring 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.

▪ Named “Best Page Poetry Series” (9 Gallery/Phoenix Poetry Series), Phoenix Magazine, October 2014.

▪ Named “Best Literary Journal” (Four Chambers), New Times, October 2014.

▪ Named one of the Valley’s Most Successful Singles, Arizona Foothills Magazine, February 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

▪ Editor, The Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI) Anthology: Community Development & Legacy though Creative Expression (Sp18-Sp19)

▪ Editor, Weaving the Threads: Women + Community + Art (a joint project between ASU Downtown and the greater Phoenix Community featuring three student writers, three faculty writers, three community writers, and artwork from the House, Habitat, Home Community Art exhibit on the DPC), Four Chambers Press, February 2017.

▪ Editor-in-Chief, Rinky Dink Press (a publisher of micropoetry microzines and a collaboration between ASU DPC students and community poets), November 2015-present.

▪ Editor, Four Chambers Journal/Four Chambers Press (Literary Magazine), Phoenix, AZ, August 2013-present.

▪ Editor-in-Chief, Write On, Downtown (undergraduate & community writing journal), ASU DPC, January 2007-present.

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

Service

▪ Poet Laureate, City of Phoenix, Office of Arts & Culture, Jan 2017-present.

▪ Founder/Facilitator, New Phx Voices: Teen Poetry at Burton Barr/South Mountain, June 2017-present.

▪ Founder, Phoenix Community Poetry Gardens, April 2017-present.

▪ Facilitator/Host, Get Lit: Conversations & Cocktails with Four Chambers (community-based literary salon), Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ, January 2016-present. 

▪ Instructor, Young Adult Writing Program (at ASU), ASU West, 2016.

▪ Orgnizer/Host: Downtown Creative Showcase, 2015-present.

▪ Instructor, Fems with Pens: A Four-Part Writing Workshop for Tweens and Teens, Changing Hands Bookstore, 2015.

▪ Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), January 2014-present.

▪ Instructor, Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshops, Art Intersection, 2012.

▪ Founder/Organizer/Host, First Friday Poetry in Heritage Square, Fall 2011-Spring 2012.

▪ Founder/Organizer/Host, Phoenix Poetry Series, January 2008-present. 

▪ Founder/Organizer/Host, Write On, Downtown launch luncheon, 2007-present. 

▪ Instructor, Flash Memoir Writing Workshops, Changing Hands Bookstore, July 2005-present.

Guest Speaker/Reader, South Mountain Community Library, Burton Barr Library, Desert Sage Library, Scottsdale Community College, State of the City Address, Writer's Resist, Nasty Women, KJZZ, Horizon, Phx Channel 11, On the Grid (podcast), Limited Engagement (podcast), The Nash, First Friday, Phoenix Downtown Neighborhodd Alliance, Public Defender's Association, AZ State Poetry Society, Phoenix Zine Fest, Tempe Book Festival, Northern AZ Book Festival, Scottsdale Arts Festival, Mesa Arts Center, Tempe Historical Society, Humanities Lecture Series, various scholarly conferences around the country, and various coffee shops, elemenatry schools, and high schools in Phoenix metro, 2002-present.

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Chandler Jensen), Barrett Honors College, Spring 2018 – Fall 2018.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Evan Anderson), Barrett Honors College, Fall 2017 – Spring 2018.

Second Reader, Honor's Thesis (Catherine Ciancio), Fall 2017 – Spring 2018.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Maeve Norton), Barrett Honors College, Spring 2017 – Fall 2107.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Tonissa Saul), Barrett Honors College, Spring 2017 – Fall 2107.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Nick Pesch), Barrett Honors College, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Hattie Hayes), Barrett Honors College, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Megan Atencia), Barrett Honors College, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.

Project Supervisor, ENG 499 Independent Study: flash memoir focused (Kelsey Hess), Spring 2017.

Project Supervisor, ENG 499 Independent Study: public art focused (Megan Atencia), Fall 2016.

Project Supervisor, ENG 499 Independent Study: publishing/editing focused (Kat Hofland), Fall 2016.

Project Supervisor, ENG 499 Independent Study: online course redesign & co-facilitation (Ayelet Brandman), Spring 2016.

Project Supervisor, ENG 499 Independent Study: publishing/editing focused (Cuyler Meade, Kat Hofland, Kelsey Hess, Jonathan Kistner), Spring 2016.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Sophia McGovern), Barrett Honors College, Spring 2015 – Fall 2015.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Michael Bartelt), Barrett Honors College, Spring 2014 – Fall 2014.

Second Reader, Honor’s Thesis (Brett Nachman), Barrett Honors College, Spring 2014 – Fall 2014.

Project Supervisor, ENG 499 Independent Study: online course redesign & co-facilitation (Leah Newsom), Spring 2014.

Project Supervisor, ENG 492 Honors Directed Study: ENG 102 redesign & co-facilitation (Emerson Hardebeck), Fall 2013 –Spring 2014.

Second Reader, Honor’s Thesis (Angie Millar), Barrett Honors College, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014.

Chair, Honor’s Thesis (Haley Shore), Barrett Honors College, Spring 2012 – Spring 2013.

Project Supervisor, LGBT Studies Certificate Capstone Project (Catherine Klotske), Fall 2011 – Spring 2012.