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.

As part of the 19th Amendment Centennial celebration, she narrated the “Declaration of Rights and Sentiments” — authored in 1848 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton for the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY — for the video “19th Amendment: 100 Years and Counted.

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 (poetry billboards), the Phoenix Poetry Gardens on 19th Avenue and Indian School, and Poetry Illuminated in Goodyear. She’s also the founder of 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).

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, zine culture, and journal curation/editing. She also teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU and Changing Hands Bookstore.