Appointed in December of 2016, Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ. In 2020, she was named one of the Great 48 by Phoenix Magazine.

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).

Her literary arts advocacy has spanned nearly 20 years and has birthed numerous community-based programs, including public arts projects like the 7th Avenue Streetscapes (aka the poetry billboards on the Melrose Curve) and the Phoenix Poetry Gardens (aka murals) on 19th Avenue and Indian School. She’s also hosted several long-standing community programs including Teen Poetry at Burton Barr/South Mountain Libraries as well as two reading series — Phoenix Poetry Series and First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row.

In 2020, she founded Revisionary Arts, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic poetry workshops to organizations and communities in need — from medical students and practitioners to the formerly incarcerated. 

She’s the recipient of five Pushcart nominations (for poetry and memoir), 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).

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 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 arts and culture journal, Write On, Downtown, and where she teaches courses on women’s literature,  medical poetry, and editing/curating for literary journals and small presses. She also teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU and at Changing Hands Bookstore.