A little more about the artists involved
in Geology of Spirit.
Rosemarie Dombrowski is an editor for Four Chambers Press, the founder of rinky dink press, and the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, now in its tenth year.
Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014), which was the recipient of the 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Award for Poetry (in the Personal Challenge category), and The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, 2017).
In addition to receiving four Pushcart nominations, a Best of the Net Anthology nomination, and being named a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize and the Winston-Salem Writers Prize, she is the recipient of an Arts Hero Award, the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award (SC Writers Association), and a Fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics.
Rosemarie is currently a senior lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus where she serves as the faculty editor of the student and community writing journal, Write On, Downtown, and where she teaches courses on the poetics of street art, women’s literature, and creative ethnography.
Additionally, she is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, Arizona.
Pat O’Brien began taking pictures in high school and later worked as a photographer to help pay his way through college. After careers, family, and life interrupted this pursuit, he has, many years later, resurrected that effort.
He retired from working in publishing and previously retired as a military aviator and moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Arizona in 2002.
About 10 years ago after many years of shooting on film, Pat switched to digital photographic equipment. “Now, I can spend time working on the creativity of photography instead of processing film and dealing with the complexities of the wet darkroom.” But Pat still has his trusty 35mm and 4x5 view cameras, and lately has dabbled with printing platinum/palladium images.
He is a juried member of the Sonoran Arts League, is a member of the Art Intersection in Gilbert, and the Texas Photographic Society. He has also attended several sessions at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop.
Pat has recently been in several group photographic shows in Cave Creek/Anthem as a member of the Sonoran Arts League and was awarded two honorable mentions and placed second in the Cave Creek Library Photo Competition, and has shown his work at the Fearless Gallery in Carefree, Arizona.
“My photographic endeavors include using color, the texture of light and the photographic point-of-view to build upon the base of the composition. My photographic style fits best into the category of Fine Art - I try to step away from showing a depiction that is realistic and instead show an image in the way that I want you to see it.”
Pat lives in Cave Creek with his wife Andrea Markowitz (who is an accomplished playwright) and two canine children in rural Maricopa County, in the midst of the amazing Sonoran Desert.
Lois Roma-Deeley’s most recent full-length book of poetry is The Short List of Certainties, winner of the Jacopone da Todi Book Prize (Franciscan University Press, 2017). She is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Rules of Hunger, northSight, and High Notes—a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist. This book forms the basis of a music drama, "The Ballad of Downtown Jake," for which she has written the book and lyrics. For her work on "Jake," Roma-Deeley was chosen as a 2015 ariZONI Theatre Award for Excellence nominee, Original Script.
Further, Roma-Deeley’s poems have been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies, nationally and internationally, including Villanelles (Everyman Library Pocket Poetry Series, Random House), The Transnational, Rabbit, North Dakota Quarterly, Spillway, Water~Stone Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and many more.
She has served as a creative writing contest judge at the local, state, and national levels. Roma-Deeley is associate editor of Presence: A Catholic Poetry Journal. Previously she was poetry editor of PKP Forum (formerly National Forum), a national journal for more than 10 years. In collaborations with visual artists on several ekphrasis projects – such as visual artist and curator Beth Shadur’s Poetic Dialogue Project – her poems have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
She has taught creative writing to graduate and undergraduate students for many years. Roma-Deeley was named U.S. Professor of the Year, Community College, by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE in 2012-2013 and is a four-time recipient of a Ragdale Foundation Residency Fellowship.
Roma-Deeley has read her work nationally at colleges, universities, museums and galleries, arts organizations, and community centers. Roma-Deeley holds a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University as well as an MFA from Arizona State University where she studied under the direction of Rita Dove, Norman Dubie, and Alberto Rios.
Cyd Peroni is a fine art photographer and freelance writer living with her husband in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Cyd began photographing with film and a single-lens reflex camera (medium-format Pentax 67) in her 30s. She took her first formal classes at the University of Utah and Salt Lake City Contemporary Arts Center and had the great fortune to study with many of the talented artists of the Salt Lake Photographic Print Society. During her years in Utah, she came to love the wild places that continue to connect her to her greatest inspiration – the pure light of the West.
Cyd continues to study photographic arts via private instruction, college courses and professional workshops. Today, she also uses a digital single-lens reflex camera in a hybrid workflow where she explores traditional as well as digital and alternative photographic processes. Her images explore the connections between the feminine spirit and the natural world. Cyd's conceptual approach seeks to express what it means to be a woman sometimes in conflict with cultural and societal norms. She finds peace within the abandoned, forgotten and overlooked.
Her work has been shown in solo and juried group exhibitions and is held in private collections. She is a member of Art Intersection (Gilbert, Arizona), INFOCUS (Phoenix Art Museum), Los Angeles Center of Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado) and a juried member of the Sonoran Arts League (Cave Creek, Arizona).
Cyd’s awards include: Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant, First Prize in the Schorr Gallery, West Jordan Arts Council Juried Exhibition (West Jordan, Utah), and was selected for a group exhibit of 22 images that traveled for the Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibits Program. Editorial images have appeared in saltfront magazine, Southwest Graphics magazine, and the Southwest Graphics Buyer’s Guide.