UNK hosting virtual poetry reading, workshop with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

KEARNEY – Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer believes in the power of practice.

She’s been writing a poem a day since 2006, drawing inspiration from themes such as parenting, gardening, the natural world, love, science, thriving/failure and daily life. Her work is “wrestled by fear and beauty, sorrow and gratitude.”

“Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer makes you glad you are alive. Her poems are thought-provoking and gratitude-provoking, full of both slow wisdom and timeliness,” said Brad Modlin, an assistant professor and Reynolds Chair of Poetry in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of English.

Trommer will share her poetry 7 p.m. Feb. 16 as part of UNK’s Reynolds Visiting Writers Series. The virtual event – accessible at https://unk.zoom.us/j/94142489414 – is free and open to the public. At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Trommer will lead a two-hour poetry workshop available at https://unk.zoom.us/j/93074609116. That event is also free and open to the public.

A Colorado resident, Trommer has published 12 poetry collections and received numerous writing awards. Her work has been featured by O, The Oprah Magazine, “A Prairie Home Companion,” “PBS NewsHour” and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry.” She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate and as Western Slope Poet Laureate. In 2019, she was a finalist for Colorado Poet Laureate.

Devoted to helping others explore their creative potential, Trommer teaches poetry and performs as a storyteller. She is the co-host of “Emerging Form,” a podcast on the creative process, co-director of Telluride’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club and co-founder of Secret Agents of Change. She also directed the Telluride Writers Guild for 10 years.