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Rosemarie Dombrowski

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2018, 2020
Get Lit Host 2019
Write Here, Write Now Instructor 2019
Piper Writers Studio Instructor 2018

About Rosemarie Dombrowski

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ, the founding editor of both rinky dink press and The Revolution (Relaunch), a creative revisioning of the weekly women’s rights newspaper founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1868. Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (2014), The Philosophy of Unclean Things (2017), and The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], winner of the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition. She’s the recipient of a 2017 Arts Hero Award, the Carrie McCray Award in Nonfiction (2017), a fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, five Pushcart nominations, and a Whiting Fellowship nomination (2019). Her poem, “Atypical” was named a finalist for the Brooklyn Poets Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest.

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Secrets from Agents and Editors: Here's What to Know in Today's Publishing World
Rosemarie Dombrowski, Sally Ball, Kirby Kim, Kevin Mosby

Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Type: Panel
Genre: Agents, Business of Writing, Editing, Publishing, Submitting

Join literary agent Kirby Kim, founder of rinky dink press and The Revolution (Relaunch), Rosemarie Dombrowski, and Associate Director of Four Way Books, Sally Ball, in a discussion about the intricate dimensions of publishing including acquiring an agent, working with small presses, and what to expect once your manuscript has been selected for publication. Panelists will demystify the submission process, advise on how to best research what types of writing and manuscripts publishers are looking for, and how to submit to local presses or presses with specific genre focuses.


Lyrical Therapy: Clinical and Nonclinical Applications of Poetry in Healthcare/Self-Care
Rosemarie Dombrowski

Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location: Heritage, University Club
Type: Craft Talk, Presentation
Genre: Poetry, Social Practice, Therapeutic Practice

This session will explore the current applications of poetry in medical settings via the body of work produced by healthcare providers and patients. Additionally, we'll explore the value of poetic therapy‚ from its American inceptions to its modern-day appropriation by medical schools, clinical facilities, and holistic healing practitioners‚ as well as the methodologies available to anyone interested in self-care and healing. 


More about Rosemarie Dombrowski

Burns, Demetrius. "Rosemarie Dombrowski: Phoenix's Poet Laureate." JAVA Magazine, Apr 3, 2017.

Dombrowski is what you might call an anthological poet. Her field work: womanhood and raising a child with autism. "Auto-ethnography is the most authentic form of history," Dombrowski says. "I’m a fervent believer that history is written from the inside. I don’t like the old ethnocentric paradigm. That leads to erasure. We know that as members of the disability community. We have to tell our own stories. When you bring all those stories together, then you have a real community."


Davis Barr, Karen. "The Book of Emergencies--Exploring Autism Through Poetry." Raising Arizona Kids, Apr 16, 2015.

Rosemarie Dombrowski, PhD, wrote The Book of Emergencies to “capture the imagistic, linguistic and emotional discombobulation of the world of autism,” according to her book’s preface. The collection is lyrical, poignant, often wrenching but ultimately uplifting as this passionate, expressive mother—for whom words are life itself—seeks connection with a son who must fight daily to find his way out of silence.


Dombrowski, Rosemarie. "Two Fictions." Spilled Milk Magazine

She steers the car toward the intersection but doesn't make the turn. It's like a mateorological spell, sevent-six degrees and dropping, perfect for the moon-roof. She's listening to the Eagles, driving toward the buttes--more specifically, to the spot where she saw the Phoenix lights, the place that the Papago considered sacred. She has a bundle of dried sage in her bag.

---. "Infidelity." Stonecoast Review.

You come home on a Monday and I tell you
that I’m in love with the decomposing bird
that’s been tucked under the hibiscus for months.
I make you look at its sad little sack-of-bones,
the fuzz trapped inside the marrow
that’s melting into the soil.


---. "The Audubon Guide to Relationships, Plates No. 142 and 147." Split Rock Review.

(American Sparrow Hawk)

There is want, and there is not knowing
what to want—
the forested remains of a carcass
still warm from the kill,
the hand over the mouth,
the sharpened switch across the back of your thigh.