The city of Scottsdale appointed Lois Roma-Deeley as the new poet laureate

Sandy Casariego

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Lois Roma-Deeley, a poet, editor, and founder of the Women Writers Workshop at Arizona State University, has been selected as the city of Scottsdale’s new poet laureate.

Roma-Deeley has published work in several literary journals and anthologies. She is also the author of four poetry books, including “The Short List of Certainties,” which was first published in Bellingham Review, “Rules of Hunger,” “northSight,” and “High Notes.”

"Her work will enhance the profile of poetry, poets, and literary arts throughout Scottsdale -- especially for those with less access or exposure to poetry,” said Mayor David D. Ortega.

She was selected after a competitive process and review by a committee that included Scottsdale's poet laureate emeritus and representatives from the city's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale Arts, and Scottsdale Community College. Her selection comes with a $1,500 annual honorarium.

Roma-Deeley will act as Scottsdale’s literary culture ambassador and work closely with the community through advocacy, performances, and workshops to develop the profile of poetry, poets, and literary arts.

She earned both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in creative writing from Arizona State University. She also graduated from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies with a primary focus in poetry.

She currently works as an emeritus professor at Paradise Valley Community College, and associate editor of Presence, an international poetry journal.

Roma-Deeley will step into office on August 6, 2021, succeed Bob Frost, Scottsdale’s first poet laureate, who served from 2010 until 2021. She will serve her term until December 24, 2024.

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