Appointed in December of 2016, Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ. She is the founder of rinky dink press and The Revolution (Relaunch), a creative resurgence of its harbinger, The Revolution, which was the official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association from 1868-1872.
She is also the co-founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series (2008-19), and the founder and former host of First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row, an event that takes place amidst the monthly art-walk in the heart of Downtown Phoenix.
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 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, a 2017 Arts Hero Award, a Women and Philanthropy grant, and a Fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics for her Community Poetry Gardens project.
Additionally, she has been nominated for five Pushcart awards and was named a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize (2015), the Winston-Salem Writers contest (nonfiction, 2017), The River Styx Microfiction Contest (2018), the Force Majeure Flash Contest (2018), the Fourth River Review Folio Contest (poetry, 2019), the Walt Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest sponsored by Brooklyn Poets (2019), and a Whiting Humanities grant (2019).
She is a Principal Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus where she is the co-founder and faculty editor of the student-run community writing journal, Write On, Downtown. She teaches courses on women’s literature, creative ethnography, medical/therapeutic poetry, and journal editing/curation.