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Three Poets Laureate of the Southwest Showcase Poetic Diversity at ReadingThree Poets Laureate of the Southwest Showcase Poetic Diversity at Reading<div class="ExternalClass5E1C8045B618437B9AE81690050E5656"><p><br><img src="/artssite/MediaAssets/3%20Laureates.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p style="text-align:right;"><em>​From left  to right, TC Tolbert, Vogue Robinson, and Rosemarie Dombrowski.</em></p><p><br>The inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, Rosemarie Dombrowski will host an unprecedented gathering of city poet laureates <strong>7 – 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5</strong>, at Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W. Camelback Road. The event is meant to showcase not only the poetic diversity of the Southwest, but the three poet-activists who are striving to create community through outreach and personal-poetic narrative.<br><br>Joining Dombrowski are Vogue Robinson (Poet Laureate of Clark County, Nevada), and TC Tolbert (Poet Laureate of Tucson). The evening will consist of poetry readings, a brief Q & A, and book signing with each poet.<br><br>The gathering highlights the value of poetry as a force for change and community building, as these poets collectively use poetry as a means of supporting marginalized populations while building bridges across their cities and beyond. The event is being held as part of National Poetry Month in April. National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture. To learn more about National Poetry Month visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1329851/4881966/19771/3/">poets.org/national-poetry-month/home</a>.<br><br></p><p><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture </strong></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 Public Art Program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city's buildings, spaces and infrastructure.  The Office is advised by a 22-member 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 on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture">www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a> and Twitter @phxarts_culture.<br></p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Poet Laureate</strong><br> The Phoenix Poet Laureate is supported by the Office of Arts and Culture and Phoenix Public Library. Rosemarie Dombrowski, the inaugural poet laureate for Phoenix, began her two-year term in January 2017. Information about the Phoenix Poet Laureate is available on the Office of Arts and Culture's website: <a href="/arts/poet-laureate">https://www.phoenix.gov/arts/poet-laureate</a>. <br></p></div>4/26/2018 10:00:00 PMMatthew Heil602-534-0108