Poetry as Cognitive Exploration: A Lyrical Study of Autism

Poet Rosemarie Dombrowski presents a Lyrical Study of Autism

Poet and faculty member Rosemarie Dombrowski presents the second lecture in the spring 2016 installment of the ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts' Humanities Lecture Series.

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. 

Mirna Lattouf
Cronkite Building, room 128, Downtown Phoenix campus
Cronkite Building, room 128, Downtown Phoenix campus
Downtown Phoenix campus

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