Rosemarie Dombrowski (RD) is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ as well as the founding editor of rinky dink press (a publisher of micro-collections of micro-poetry), Write On, Downtown: A Journal of Phoenix Creativity, and The Revolution (Relaunch), a creative resurgence of the official newspaper of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association.
As the Poet Laureate of Phoenix, she’s been committed to community outreach that increases the visibility and value of the literary arts, including community readings, workshops, and talks, the curation of public art projects featuring poetry, the curation/hosting of reading series, intergenerational performance showcases, and special arts-related events, and participation at various community meetings (Human Relations Committee) and with various organizations (AZ Humanities) involving the literary arts, equity, and wellness.
RD is the recipient of an Arts Hero Award (2017), a Women & Philanthropy grant, a Fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, and a 2020 Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. In 2020, she was named one of The Great 48 by Phoenix Magazine, and The Revolution (Relaunch) was the recipient of a 2020 Best of Phoenix award from Phoenix New Times.
She’s published three collections of poetry to date: 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. Additionally, she’s a five-time Pushcart nominee, and her poem, Atypical, was named a finalist for the Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest sponsored by Brooklyn Poets.
RD teaches courses on women’s literature, medical poetry, independent print culture, and literary journal curation/editing at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus.
In 2020, she founded Revisionary Arts, a nonprofit that facilitates therapeutic poetry workshops for vulnerable populations and the community at large.
Learn more about her involvement in the literary arts at rdpoet.com