ANGELA M. BROMMEL
Writer I Editor I Curator
Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer and curator with Iowa roots. Mojave in July (Tolsun Books, 2019) is her debut full-length poetry collection. In 2018, her chapbook, Plutonium & Platinum Blonde, was published by Serving House Books. Her poetry has been published in The Best American Poetry blog, the North American Review, The Literary Review’s (TLR) Share, and many other journals and anthologies. A 2018 Red Rock Canyon Artist in Residence, Angela served as the inaugural poet of the program. In 2021 she was one of the finalists for Clark County Poet Laureate. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and an MA in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. Angela is the Executive Director of the Office of Arts & Culture as well as affiliate faculty at Nevada State College. You can also find her at The Citron Review as Editor-in-Chief.
Curriculum Vitae available upon request.
Mojave in July
In Mojave in July, Angela M. Brommel walks a tightrope between desert and neon, the natural and the social, eco science and pop culture, always with a keen observational eye, luscious language, and scintillating imagery. Throughout these billions and intelligent poems, Brommel’s attention to the senses is exquisite, especially taste, which is often the sense addressed the least in poetry. Continually delicious and tenchent, these poems rock!
– Vince Gotera, Editor of Star*Line and North American Review
Mojave in July is a celebration of Nevada, both its desert wildlife and glossy, buzzing nightlife through the eyes of women who reject stereotypes and aren’t afraid of hard work. Women with depth and warmth who, if minded, will entertain and engage you. The ones who know the desert lurks behind the glitz and glamour and aren’t afraid to keep it real. Angela M. Brommel has created an engaging collection that fizzes with energy.
– Emma Lee, The Blue Nib
Plutonium & Platinum Blonde
Brommel’s work has humor in it—wondrous juxtaposition of images, a certain flair for authenticity of voice, and a great ability to spot the absurd. She takes advantage of pop culture icons as well as film history, while at the same time locking into something very direct: ‘you heart thief.’
– Carol Potter, Author of Some Small Bees, winner of the 2014 Field Poetry Prize
Brommel’s poems about Las Vegas are wonderful—she takes the glitz of the place and reduces the scale to human proportions. With a wicked, understated humor and a keen eye for detail, she creates a wildly entertaining original voice that’s more than up to the challenge of its subject matter.
– Jim Daniels, Author of Rowing Inland
Though sometimes raucous and always gorgeous imagery laced together by larger-than-life micro narratives and themes that engage and then echo and then - with stunning risk and precision - shift, Angela M. Brommel’s Plutonium & Platinum Blonde epitomizes the importance of the poetry chapbook in today’s literary landscape.
– Heather Lang-Cassera, Author of Gathering Broken Light
Clark County Poet Laureate, 2019-2021
Play: A Wetlands Park Art Installation
Featured artwork by Mark Salinas, in conversation with three poems by Angela M. Brommel. This exhibit of temporary public art installations were created for and placed into the trails of Wetlands Park. Fourteen artists created site specific artwork for the Park using recycled and earth friendly materials. Play was funded by the County Arts Plan, and was a partnership between Wetlands Park and the Public Arts Office.
Fridays | March 5, March 12, April 2, and April 9, 2021
The Clark County Poet Laureate (2019-2021), Heather Lang-Cassera, curated a selection of three and four line poems from 25 Nevada poets to tour the Las Vegas valley by Flo Mobile Digital Billboard Truck, taking Poetry Matters! out on the road.
Curated by Vogue M. Robinson, this exhibition was a partnership between Poetry Promise, Inc. and Downtown Summerlin, November 2020.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Historic Fifth Street School - Poetry Pavilion
401 S. 4th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Moderated by Scott Dickensheets and Kathleen Kuo;
Featuring: Angela M. Brommel, Rodney Lee, and Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña
A lively discussion about the elements of this unique guidebook that was created to bring together poetry, art, science, reflection, and discoveries from engaging in the outdoor experience that is Nevada. Copies of the guide will be handed out as part of thidiscussion on a first come basis, while supplies last. Moderated by editors Scott Dickensheets and Kathleen Kuo with readings from: Angela M. Brommel, Rodney Lee, and Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña.