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Rosemarie Dombrowski Named Inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of PhoenixRosemarie Dombrowski Named Inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Phoenix<div class="ExternalClassB8A82017CA114187BF80847624701681"><p>​</p><p>PHOENIX (Dec. 7, 2016) –Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Laura Pastor announced today that Rosemarie Dombrowski will serve as the first Poet Laureate for the City of Phoenix.  Supported by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Phoenix Public Library, Ms. Dombrowski will begin a two-year term beginning January 2017.<br><strong> </strong><br></p><p>Rosemarie Dombrowski is a highly respected arts and culture leader on the ASU Downtown Campus and in the Phoenix community.  She is a senior lecturer of English composition, creative writing, and literature on the ASU Downtown Campus and co-founder and editor of the undergraduate writing journal. She also teaches poetry at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and has worked with the Young Adult Writing Program, Fems with Pens, Project Humanities, and Art Intersection, among others.  Ms. Dombrowski is co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series (in its 10<sup>th</sup> year), founder of Rinky Dink Press, and poetry editor of Four Chambers Press.  She is the author of two full-length books of poetry and numerous recent publications in literary journals and anthologies.</p><p>Mayor Stanton said, "I can't wait to see the poetry Phoenix will inspire in Rosemarie Dombrowski. Her qualifications as a writer and teacher, and her commitment to community outreach through poetry, make her an excellent choice for this new positon."  Councilwoman Pastor concurred, "With Ms. Dombrowski's clear history of working with diverse populations and organizations, we are confident she will represent our city with distinction and pride."</p><p>The announcement took place at the South Mountain Community College and Library, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 with Mayor Stanton, Councilwoman Pastor, current Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos, and Ms. Dombrowski.  South Mountain Community College and Library is the site of a City of Phoenix public art installation entitled "Passages," which incorporates the poetry curated by Mr. Rios.</p><p>A public call for nominations was issued in October and a panel of literary experts and other leaders in the Arizona arts and culture community convened in November to review the applications. The panel evaluated the applications based on 1) recognition of the poet within the literary, cultural, or education communities; 2) record of high quality, published or documented work or service through the literary arts; 3) willingness to make presentations throughout the Phoenix area; and 4) interest in pursuing a major literary project with an emphasis on outreach and education.</p><p>Information about the Phoenix Poet Laureate is available on the Office of Arts and Culture's website: phoenix.gov/arts.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Background</span></p><p>The United States Poet Laureate (or Consultant in Poetry) was established in 1937; the current U.S. Poet Laureate is Juan Felipe Herrera (formerly the California poet laureate). A majority of states have established an official poet laureate.  Alberto Álvaro Ríos became Arizona's first State Poet Laureate in August 2013.</p><p>While numerous cities nominate a poet laureate, some of the largest cities in America created a City poet laureate position in 2012 and 2013, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, and San Antonio.</p><p>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life.   The Office is advised by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office of Arts and Culture on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture">www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a>.</p></div>12/7/2016 6:00:00 PMMatt Hamada602-262-6213