Poetry as Cognitive Exploration: A Lyrical Study of Autism
Dombrowski, who is a lecturer of English on the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, will lead a discussion born out of an amalgamation of ethnographic field work, biomedical research, personal experience, and her work as a poet, specifically her collection "The Book of Emergencies."
"In the spirit of Carolyn Forche, the collection functions as a kind of 'poetry of witness,'" says Dombrowski. "In the vein of more recent work by Rafael Campo [associate professor of medicine at Harvard and MFA Creative Writing faculty at Lesley University], it attempts to craft a lyrical portrait of cognitive disability and biomedical illness. My intention is for it to serve as both a platform for discussion as well as a creative conduit into the unchartered territory of the autistic mind."
Dombrowski 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 Phoenix community. She has also been the editor-in-chief of the undergraduate writing journal, Write On, Downtown, since its inception in 2007.
The Humanities Lecture Series, held on ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus, provides a forum for public discussions that help us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social and cultural issues.