Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband and two children and served as the third Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017). Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine, on A Prairie Home Companion, in back alleys and on river rocks. Her poetry collections include Naked for Tea (finalist in the Able Muse Book Award), Even Now, The Less I Hold, The Miracle Already Happening: Everyday life with Rumi, Intimate Landscape and Holding Three Things at Once (Colorado Book Award finalist).
She travels widely to perform and teach for clients such as Think 360, The Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Camp Coca Cola, The Mission in Santa Barbara, Taos Poetry Festival, wForum, and Business and Professional Women. She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate, directed the Telluride Writers Guild for 10 years, and now co-directs the Talking Gourds Poetry Club and is poetry editor for the gourmet magazine Edible Southwest.
Rosemerry performs with Telluride’s seven-woman a cappella group, Heartbeat, and sings nightly for her children. Since 2005, she’s maintained a poem-a-day practice. Her MA is in English Language and Linguistics. Favorite one-word mantra: Adjust. Watch her TEDx talk The Art of Changing Metaphors.
Slipping Into Something a Little Less Comfortable: The art of changing metaphors: That was the theme of my TEDx talk in Paonia, Colorado, in February. How might you change your life (and the world!) if you could identify and change just one of the metaphors framing your thoughts? Watch the TEDx talk—and share it with your friends!
Interview on Process and Daily Poems with Bill Pearse
Why Try Poetry?—DGO Magazine
On Inspiration, Egg Sacs & the Communion of Poets: interview with Kaye Lynne Booth.
Tethered by Letters
A 10-Question Self Interview in The Nervous Breakdown
A Conversation on Envy and Creativity with Christie Aschwanden
Poetry Off the Page: I am a big fan of performance poems, and it was a thrill to win the Live Performance at BlackBerry Peach Performance Poetry Prize this year … the video of the award ceremony (and performances) is now available on You Tube.
Change Your Metaphor, Change Your Life: Alan Wartes and Issa Forrest have the most remarkable radio/video show, Interview on Metaphors and Creative Process on Think Radio, and here they interview me about metaphors and showing up vulnerably.
Interview on Poetry and Living in Telluride on Telluride TV: I was recently interviewed on Telluride TV by Elissa Dickson, and we talked of how I came to live in this remote town and how poetry shapes my life here.
Live Performance at Wellspring of Imagination 2017
Live performance in collaboration with dancers, cello, piano, poets, musicians
Live performance at Ziggies in Denver, reading from The Miracle Already Happening
Live ½ Hour Poetry Performance on Comcast Channel 54
Five-minute excerpt from Poets Co-op TV Show
Poetry discussion with Catalyst High School
Rosemerry Choreographs a Spontaneous Production of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky”
Poet and storyteller Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer gets audiences to wake up and take on their own creative endeavors. She helps people find the poetry in their own lives and tell their own stories.