Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Poet

N/A
Placerville, CO 81430

Author's Bio

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives with her husband and two children in Placerville, Colorado, on the banks of the wild and undammed San Miguel River. She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate (2007-2011) and as Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017).

Devoted to helping others explore their creative potential, Rosemerry is the co-host of Emerging Form, a podcast on creative process (with Christie Aschwanden), co-director of Telluride’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club (with Art Goodtimes) and co-founder of Secret Agents of Change (with Sherry Richert Belul). She also directed the Telluride Writers Guild for ten years.

She teaches and performs poetry for 12-step recovery programs, hospice, mindfulness retreats, women’s retreats, teachers and more. Past clients include Camp Coca Cola, Craig Hospital, Business & Professional Women, Deepak Chopra, Think 360, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Desert Dharma, Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride Literary Burlesque and Mesa State University.

She performs as a storyteller, including shows in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, at the Taos Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Her TEDx talk explores changing our outdated metaphors.

She believes in the power of practice and has been writing a poem a day since 2006. Her daily poems can be found at https://ahundredfallingveils.com/. Favorite themes in her poems include parenting, gardening, the natural world, love, science, thriving/failure and daily life.

She has 12 collections of poetry, and her work has appeared in O Magazine, on A Prairie Home Companion, in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, on fences in back alleys and on hundreds of river rocks she leaves around town. Her poems have been used for choral works by composers Paul Fowler and Jeffrey Nytch and performed by the Ars Nova Singers. Her most recent collection, Hush, won the Halcyon prize. Naked for Tea was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award. Other books include Even Now, The Miracle Already Happening, The Less I Hold and If You Listen, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. She’s won the Fischer Prize, Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge (thrice), the Dwell Press Solstice Prize, the Writer’s Studio Literary Contest (twice), The Blackberry Peach Prize, and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize.

Since 1994, she’s been singing with Telluride’s 8-member female acapella group Heartbeat, performing jazz, folk, bluegrass and pop songs around the Four Corners region. She also sings nightly while making dinner.

Favorite activities: Trail running, Nordic skiing, recovering from trail running, camping, baking, knitting, reading, gardening. She’s been an organic fruit grower, a newspaper and magazine editor, and a parent educator for Parents as Teachers. She’s now writing a novel.

She earned her MA in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. One-word mantra: Adjust. Three-word mantra: I’m still learning. www.wordwoman.com

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Ten Poems for Difficult Times (New World Library, 2018)
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Poetry of Presence (Grayson Books, 2017)
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Circe's Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry (Accents Publishing, 2015)
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A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (Woodley Press, 2013)
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Cradle Songs: An Anthology on Motherhood (Quill & Parchment, 2012)
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Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka 2011 (Keibooks, 2012)
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Bigger Than They Appear: An Anthology of Very Short Poems (Accents Publishing, 2011)
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Poems of Awakening: An International Anthology of Spiritual Poetry (Outskirts Press, 2011)
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Improv: An Anthology of Colorado Poets (Green Fuse Poetic Arts Association, 2009)
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What Wildness is This (University of Texas Press, 2007)
Books:
Hush: Poems (Middle Creek Publishing and Audio, 2020)
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Naked for Tea (Able Muse Press, 2018)
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Even Now (Lithic Press, 2016)
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The Miracle Already Happening (Liquid Light Press, 2011)
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Celebration: The Christmas Candle Book, poems (Red Rock Press, 2004)
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If You Listen (Western Reflections, 2000)
Journals:
American Life in Poetry
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American Tanka
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Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka
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Heavy Bear
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In Posse Review
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Into the Teeth of the Wind
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Mad Blood
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Many Mountains Moving
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Medical Literary Messenger
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Mountain Gazette
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O, Oprah Magazine
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Pilgrimage
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Potpourri
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Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal
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Santa Fe Poetry Broadside
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Snake Nation Review
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Snakeskin
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Spectrum
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Sugar Mule
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Prizes won: 

Winner: Halcyon Prize, 2019. BlackBerryPeach Poetry Performance Prize, 2018. Poet Laureate of Colorado's Western Slope (2015-2017). Three-time winner of Rattle's Ekphrastic Poetry Contest (2015, 2016, 2017). Colorado Independent Press Book Association Poetry Award 2001. Writer's Studio Literary Contest (2011, 2013).Finalist: Colorado Poet Laureate, 2019. Able Muse Poetry Prize, 2017. Colorado Book Award, 2009.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Naomi Shihab Nye, Linda Pastan, Danusha Laméris, James Crews, Ellen Bass, Alison Luterman, AR Ammons, ee cummings, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jack Ridl, William Stafford, Jane Hirshfield, Thomas Lynch, George Bilgere, Teddy Macker, Danez Smith, Wendy Videlock, Li-Young Lee
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, Saint Peter and the Goldfinch by Jack Ridl

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Born in: 
Grand Forks, ND
North Dakota
Raised in: 
Golden, CO
Colorado
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Last update: Aug 31, 2020