Inspired by the literary and philosophical salons of 17th century France, Four Chambers presents Get Lit: a night of conversation, community with ASU Lecturer of English Rosemarie Dombrowski, PhD.
This month’s topic:
The medicalization of poetry and the literature of illness
Are communities of physical and cognitive difference defined through different forms of literature? Does literature articulate a medical narrative differently from history or reports? Is literature important in the healing / therapeutic process?
Rosemarie Dombrowski holds degrees in Anthropology and English as well as a PhD in American Literature. She has been a Lecturer of English on the Downtown Phoenix campus since 2008. She is the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, an editor for Four Chambers Press, and a member of the We Are Downtown project, all of which strive to integrate the myriad cultures and artistic endeavors of the Downtown community. She has also been the editor-in-chief of the undergraduate writing journal, Write On, Downtown, since its inception in 2007. Her teaching interests include women’s literature and the broaching of socio-sexual taboos, poetic confession, poetic rebellion, and Lady Gaga and identity/otherness theory. Her broader research interests include fashion ethnography, art history, queer theory, and the influences of Puritan literature and theology on everything from the Confessional School to pop culture. Rosemarie recently wrote an article entitled “Academia vs. Poetry: How the Gatekeepers of Contemporary Literature Might be Killing It” that was published at the Review Review. She is also the author of a collection of poems entitled The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press).
Get Lit is at 7pm every first Thursday in the Reading Room at Valley Bar (Basement, 130 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004). Valley Bar is located between 1st Ave and Central on the south side of Monroe. The Reading Room is located in the back of the Rose Room. While public parking is available on surrounding side streets, we recommend riding a bike or taking the light rail. Please note this event is 21+ over. For more information, e-mail fourchamberspress [at] gmail [dot] com.