Named one of the Great 48 by Phoenix Magazine in 2020, Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ.
Rosemarie (RD) is the founding editor of both rinky dink press (a publisher of micro-collections of micro-poetry) and The Revolution (Relaunch), a creative resurgence of the official newspaper of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association and founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. As part of the 19th Amendment Centennial celebration in 2020, she narrated the “Declaration of Rights and Sentiments” (authored by Stanton) for the ASU-produced video “19th Amendment: 100 Years and Counted.“
Her literary arts advocacy has spanned nearly 20 years and has birthed numerous community-based projects. Her awards include a Women & Philanthropy grant, an Arts Hero Award (2017), the Carrie McCray Literary Award in Nonfiction (2017), and a Fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics (2017). In 2020, she became the recipient of a Poet Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.
Currently a Principal Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus, she’s the co-founder and faculty editor of the student-run community arts and culture journal, Write On, Downtown. She teaches courses on women’s literature, medical poetry, and journal curation/editing. She also teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU and serves on the Advisory Board of the Narrative Medicine program at the University of Arizona’s Biomedical campus in Phoenix.
In 2020, she founded Revisionary Arts, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic poetry workshops for vulnerable populations, the medical community, and the community at large.