Appointed in December of 2016, Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ. She 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. She’s also the founding editor of merge poetry journal (2005-11), and she served as a poetry editor for Four Chambers journal and press during its five-year run (2013-18).
She’s also the co-founder of the twelve-year long Phoenix Poetry Series, and the founder (and former curator/host) of First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row, a multi-modal poetry event that takes place amidst the monthly art walk in the heart of the historic Roosevelt Row Arts District.
Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014), which was the recipient of the 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Award for Poetry, and 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.
She’s the recipient of five Pushcart nominations, an Arts Hero Award (2017), the Carrie McCray Literary Award in Nonfiction (2017), a Fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics (2017), and a 2020 Poet Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. She was also named a finalist for the Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest sponsored by Brooklyn Poets (2019).
She’s a Principal Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus where she’s the co-founder and faculty editor of the student-run community writing journal, Write On, Downtown, and where she teaches courses on radical poetics, women’s literature, creative ethnography, and medical poetry.