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Rosemarie Dombrowski

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Biography: 

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ and the director of Revisionary Arts, a nonprofit that facilitates therapeutic poetry workshops for vulnerable populations and the community at large. She’s the founding editor of both rinky dink press (a publisher of micro-collections of micro-poetry) and The Revolution (Relaunch), an award-winning, creative resurgence of the official newspaper of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association.

She’s also the co-founder and faculty editor of Write On Downtown, an annual publication that showcases the work of Phoenix creatives, as well as the faculty editor of Grey Matter, the medical poetry journal of the Narrative Medicine program at the University of Arizona Biomedical campus in Phoenix.

She’s published three collections of poetry including The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014), a lyrical ethnography of the culture of nonverbal Autism, and The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], winner of the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition.

She’s the recipient of an Arts Hero Award, a Women & Philanthropy grant, and Fellowships from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and the Academy of American Poets. In 2020, she was named one of “The Great 48” by Phoenix Magazine.

She serves on the advisory board of the Narrative Medicine program at the University of Arizona Biomedical campus (Phoenix) and she teaches courses on women’s literature, medical poetry, and journal curation/editing at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

www.rdpoet.com

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: 

Rosemarie’s research focuses on the history of radical/alternative print culture in America, specifically, curatorial acts/agency by women including suffrage journals, Emily Dickinson’s fascicles, little magazines (i.e. early poetry journals), and riot grrrls zines.

Her applied research is situated within the Medical Humanities, including the intersections of poetry and medicine from antiquity to the present, as well as the application of poetry as a complementary therapeutic modality. Accordingly, her creative work resides at the intersection of disability, medicine, and poetry, and her community-facing programs focus on literary approaches to community building and healing.

She’s curated public art projects across the valley, including the 7th Ave. Streetscapes (aka poetry billboards), Poetry Illuminated, and the Phoenix Community Poetry Gardens. She’s also the co-founder and inaugural host of Get Lit: Conversations & Cocktails at Valley Bar, the only literary salon in Phoenix.

Additionally, she’s the founder of First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row (featuring the “typewriter poets” of Roosevelt Row), as well as the Phoenix Poetry Series, which she curated and hosted for over a decade.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 105Adv First-Year Composition
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
ENG 352Short Story
HON 394Special Topics
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 364Women and Literature
HON 394Special Topics
ENG 484Internship
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
HON 394Special Topics
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
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
Honors / Awards: 

Fellowships & Grants 

Fellowship, Academy of American Poets, May 2020.

Fellow, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Fall 2017.

Grant recipient, Academic Excellence in Diversity Grant (8-member team, Watts College), 2014.

Grant recipient, Women & Philanthropy grant (3-member team, CISA), 2009.

 

Creative Writing Awards

▪ Winner of the Split Rock Review Annual Chapbook Contest, August 2017.

▪ Recipient of the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award in Nonfiction, South Carolina Writers Association, July 2017.

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

 

Literary Arts/Teaching Awards

▪ “Favorite OLLI at ASU Presenter of 2020,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at ASU, December 2020.

▪ “Most Inquisitive,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at ASU, December 2020.

▪ “Most Supportive,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at ASU, December 2020.

▪ “Best Creative Activism” (The Revolution (Relaunch)), Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix 2020.

▪ Named one of “The Great 48” by Phoenix Magazine, July 2020.

▪ Arts Hero Award (sponsored by ON Media, SRP, & Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern AZ), 2017-18.

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

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

101 Things We Love About the Valley: Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski, Phoenix Magazine, March 2017.

101 Things We Love About the Valley: Our literary scene (Four Chambers Press & Rinky Dink Press), Phoenix Magazine, March 2017.

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

 

Editorships: 

Faculty Editor, Grey Matter (the journal of the Narrative Medicine program at the University of Arizona Biomedical campus), May 2020-present.

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, ASU DPC, January 2007-present.

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