Poet and organic fruit grower Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer “is a chanteuse of the heart,” says poet Art Goodtimes. She’s the appointed Poet Laureate of San Miguel County.
She has authored and edited eleven books and is widely anthologized, including Red Thread, Gold Thread: The Poet’s Voice, Come Together: Imagine Peace, The Geography of Hope: Poets of Colorado’s Western Slope and What Wildness This Is: Women Write About the Southwest. Her work has also appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and in O Magazine.
In addition to writing, Rosemerry teaches public speaking for Mesa State College, performs with a poetry troupe (EAR), teaches poetry in schools, independently and with Think 360, writes an award-winning linguistics column for the Telluride Daily Planet, sings with a 7-woman a cappella group, and is mother and step-mother to six-year-old Finn, two-year-old Vivian, and 27-year-old Shawnee. For ten years, Rosemerry served as director of the Telluride Writers Guild and led a poetry discussion series at the Telluride Public Library. In 2007, she and her husband, Eric, bought a 75-acre orchard and now grow organic peaches, pears, cherries, apples and apricots. Her master’s degree in English Language & Linguistics is from University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Publications and Prizes
Celebration: The Christmas Candle Book, poems (Red Rock Press, 2004), If You Listen (Western Reflections, 2000)
What Wildness is This (University of Texas Press, 2007)
American Tanka, Ginosko Literary Journal, Mad Blood, Many Mountains Moving, Mountain Gazette, Potpourri, Santa Fe Poetry Broadside
Finalist: Colorado Book Award 2009
Winner: Colorado Independent Press Book Association Poetry Award 2001
What I'm Reading Now:
The Gift by Lewis Hyde, Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman, Toward a Psychology of Awakening by John Welwood, The Pupil by W. S. Merwin
Aaron A. Abeyta, Colcha, (University Press of Colorado)
A. R. Ammons, The Selected Poems (W.W. Norton & Co.)
E.E. Cummings, 73 Poems (Harbrace Paperbound Library)
Hafiz, The Subject Tonight is Love (Pumpkin House Press)
Jane Hirschfield, Given Sugar, Given Salt (Perennial)
Gerard Manly Hopkins, Poems & Prose (Penguin Classics)
Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights (BOA Editions)
Heather McHugh, Hinge & Sign: Poems (Wesleyan University Press)
Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets (University of Texas Press)
Mary Oliver, Thirst: Poems (Beacon Press)
Naomi Shihab Nye, Words Under the Words (Far Corner Books)
A. E. Stallings, Archaic Smile (University of Evansville Press)
May Swenson, May Out West (Utah State University)
A. R. Ammons, E. E. Cummings, A. E. Stallings,
Li-Young Lee, Jane Hirschfield, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, David Mason, Wendy Videlock, Art Goodtimes
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Listing last updated: December 1, 2010