Co-founded in 2006 by Rosemarie Dombrowski (RD), WOD has evolved from an ASU-centric journal to one that celebrates the creative energy of Phoenix’s arts and culture scene. Each year, a new team of student-editors joins her in capturing the talent and vibe of our beloved gritty city.
Rosemarie Dombrowski (RD)
Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ and 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. She’s also the founder/director of the therapeutic poetry nonprofit, Revisionary Arts.
She’s the recipient of a 2017 Arts Hero Award, a Women & Philanthropy grant, and a fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. In 2020, she received a Fellowship from the American Academy of Poets and was named one “The Great 48” by Phoenix Magazine.
She’s published three collections of poetry, including The Cleavage Planes of Southwest Minerals [A Love Story], winner of the 2017 Split Rock Review chapbook competition. She holds a PhD in American Literature and teaches courses on women’s literature, medical poetry, and journal curation/editing at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus.
As a graduating senior at ASU, Megan Demko perfected her writing skills in classes where she focused mainly on essay writing and poetry. She briefly wrote for a sports magazine called All Out Kings and published an article for the Arizona Gaming Guide covering buffet renovations at Harrah’s Ak-Chin casino. Megan enjoys writing poetry and viewing films of many genres in her free time. When she isn’t in school, Megan enjoys visiting with her friends and family. She recently picked up playing video games with her boyfriend, Mark and plans to continue with the English MA program at ASU.
Maya Gurrola was born and raised in the Phoenix area and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Service & Public Policy at Arizona State University. She will graduate in December of 2021 and join the Teach for America 2022 Corps to teach Secondary English in Colorado Springs. Maya is passionate about literature and social justice and continues to seek ways to intertwine the two.
Muska Olumi is a journalist at Arizona State University. She’s currently in her last year of college. Muska loves to travel to new places, read too many books and write film reviews. Her love for reading has led her to believe that writing should also be her job as well as her passion. On days she’s not working, attending class, or at her internship you can find her cooking, reading and daydreaming.