Rosemarie Dombrowski

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.

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. In 2021, her work was selected by the Emily Dickinson Museum for the Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series.

RD holds a BA in Anthropology and a PhD in American Literature (poetry) and teaches courses on women’s literature, literature of the marginalized, 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.

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