Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer “is a chanteuse of the heart,” says poet Art Goodtimes. She served two terms as the first poet laureate for San Miguel County, Colorado, where she still leads monthly poetry readings, teaches in schools, leads writing workshops and leaves poems written on rocks around the town.

She has authored and edited thirteen books, most of them poetry. The most recent collection, The Less I Hold, comes out of her poem-a-day practice, which she has been doing for over seven years. Other collections include The Miracle Already Happening, a chapbook of poems in which the Sufi mystic Rumi keeps showing up in daily life—the kindergarten classroom, the kitchen, even the Walmart parking lot. And Intimate Landscape: The Four Corners in Poetry & Photography is a collaboration with photographer Claude Steelman. Her work has also appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and in O Magazine, on tie-dyed scarves, alleyway fences and in her children’s lunchboxes.

In addition to writing, Rosemerry leads writing workshops for hospice, addiction recovery programs, women’s groups, schools, libraries, teachers and people who think they hate poetry. She performs with a poetry troupe (EAR), sings with a 7-woman a cappella group, and for more than 15 years she has led a poetry discussion series on contemporary American poets and international sacred voices. She is mother to Finn and Vivian, and stepmother to Shawnee. For the last six years, she and her husband were organic fruit growers, but they recently left the life of agriculture. She now works part time for Parents As Teachers. Her master’s degree in English Language & Linguistics is from University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Visit her website at www.wordwoman.com for ideas about writing.

And you can read her daily poems at http://ahundredfallingveils.com

It can be so valuable to work with a mentor. When I was in my early twenties, I finally found a person in the poetry world who I respected and who was willing to help me grow as a writer. What a relief that was! Poetry was no longer a solely private affair—I had a support system to help me thrive. Now, over twenty years later, I am thrilled to carry on this mentoring tradition, supporting younger poets through encouragement, critical response, creative stimulation and extended community. What is marvelous about the Wellspring program is that it first allows us several days to play and get to know each other, and then, after the student chooses a mentor, we are able to continue the relationship via phone and email. 

 
Of the three mentees that I have had this year, two send me poems every day. (It is my own personal practice to write a poem a day, and they receive my poems, as well). They are on fire with enthusiasm! They have both told me many times how valuable the practice has been—not only the writing, but also the sharing and the feedback. In addition to our discussions about specific poems, we also talk about contests, performing, the writing life in general, how much to share, with whom to share, craft considerations, and other ethical conversations. Our relationship has been both academic and intimate—such is the nature of poetry. I am grateful they consider me a “safe” place where they can share their most vulnerable writings. And they crave specific feedback about how to improve. 

 
The third student has been less prolific, corresponding only about once every month, but she is also older and facing more responsibilities. She has often expressed gratitude for the feedback and encouragement I’ve given to her, also, and continues to write, only less frequently. 

 
What a fabulous program this is … I am grateful to be able to engage with such bright young poets—they have so much to say, and I love sharing this journey with them. 

 
I would be happy to speak about the program with anyone who has questions, you can call me at 970-729-1838 or email me at wordwoman@mesa.net

 

 

 

 

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