Appointed in December of 2016, Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ. She is also the founder of merge poetry journal (2005-11) and rinky dink press, an editor for Four Chambers journal and press, and the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, now in its tenth year.
Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014), which was the recipient of a 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Award for Poetry, The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, 2017), and the forthcoming The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], winner of the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition.
She is the 2017 recipient of the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award in nonfiction, an Arts Hero Award, and a Fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics for her Community Poetry Gardens project. Additionally, she has been nominated for four Pushcart awards, was named a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize in 2015, was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology in 2016, and was a finalist in the annual Winston-Salem Writers contest in 2017.
She is a Senior Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus where she is the co-founder and faculty editor of the student and community writing journal, Write On, Downtown, and where she teaches courses on the poetics of street art, women’s literature, and creative ethnography.