Rosemarie Dombrowski

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Rosemarie Dombrowski: Phoenix’s Inaugural Poet Laureate

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, Arizona, and a prominent figure in the city’s literary community. She is the founding editor of Write On, Downtown: A Journal of Phoenix Writing, and rinky dink press, a publisher specializing in micropoetry in microzine form. More recently, she launched The Revolution (Relaunch), a revisionary, radical resurgence of the weekly women’s rights newspaper originally founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in 1868.

Dombrowski’s contributions to literature and poetry have been widely recognized. She is the recipient of five Pushcart Prize nominations and a Whiting Fellowship nomination in 2019. Her accolades also include the 2017 Arts Hero Award, the Carrie McCray Literary Award in Nonfiction, and a fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics in the same year. In April 2019, she was named a finalist for the Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest, sponsored by Brooklyn Poets.

Her published works include several notable collections. The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014) explores the fragility of human existence, while The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, 2017) delves into the intersections of personal and collective histories. Her chapbook, The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], won the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition, further solidifying her reputation as a profound and innovative poet.

In addition to her writing, Dombrowski is an esteemed educator. She teaches courses on Women’s Literature, Medical Humanities, Creative Ethnography, and Journal Curation/Editing at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus. She is also involved with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and teaches at Changing Hands Bookstore, bringing her passion for literature to a broader community.

Rosemarie Dombrowski’s work is characterized by its depth, insight, and unwavering commitment to social justice and creative expression. As Phoenix’s Poet Laureate, she continues to inspire and influence both emerging and established writers, making significant contributions to the cultural fabric of Arizona.

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