Poet, editor and educator Lois Roma-Deeley is the city of Scottsdale’s new poet laureate to serve as an ambassador of literary culture, enhancing the profile of poetry, poets and literary arts in the community through workshops, performances and advocacy.
Roma-Deeley began her appointment on Aug. 6 and will serve her term until Dec. 24, 2024. Taking over from Scottsdale’s first poet laureate, Bob Frost (2010-2021), her selection comes with a $1,500 annual honorarium.
The founding director of the Women Writers Workshop at Arizona State University, she serves as associate editor of Presence, an international poetry journal, and is an emeritus professor at Paradise Valley Community College, according to a press release.
Roma-Deeley was selected by a committee, the release said that included Scottsdale’s poet laureate emeritus and staff from Scottsdale Arts, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale Public Library and the city’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in creative writing from Arizona State University and earned a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies with a primary focus in poetry from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio, noted the release.
Roma-Deeley is the author of four books of poetry: “The Short List of Certainties,” “High Notes,” “northSight,” and “Rules of Hunger” and has published work in several literary journals and anthologies, the release added.