ANGELA M. BROMMEL
Writer I Editor I Curator
Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer and curator with Iowa roots, a Mystery Ranch Visiting Artist, and the current Clark County Poet Laureate. She is the author of two books, Mojave in July (Tolsun Books) and Plutonium & Platinum Blonde (Serving House Books). Her poetry has been published in the North American Review, The Best American Poetry blog, and many other journals and anthologies.
In 2017 she was awarded the Helen Stewart Poetry Award, and in 2018 she was a Red Rock Canyon Artist in Residence, serving as the inaugural poet of the program. She serves as Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor for The Citron Review, and a founding editorial board member of the peer-reviewed open access online journal collaboratively brought to life by the international Alliance for the Arts Research Universities (a2ru) network, and a2ru member UNLV, Tradition Innovation in the Arts, Design, and Media Higher Education.
She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and an MA in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. Her playwriting thesis was a semi-finalist in The Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from UNLV. At Nevada State University she serves as Senior Advisor & Executive Director for the Arts and as affiliate faculty.
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.
A Year With Poetry
A Monthly Online Series Presented by Clark County Poet Laureate Angela M. Brommel
Henderson Public Libraries
Wednesday, Once a Month
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Join me for a monthly online series as we explore reading and writing as contemplation and as a tool for resilience.
Writer-Ready: Summer Writers Workshop
A Monthly Series with Clark County Poet Laureate Angela M. Brommel
Winchester Dondero Cultural Center
3130 McCleod Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89121
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Saturday, August 12, 2023
10:00 a.m. - Noon PDT
Join me for a Saturday morning poetry workshop! Bring 1-2 poems that you have written during a previous Writer-Ready workshop or work you’ve written on your own time. Attendees will receive a Writer-Ready packet of materials to support their writing and reading goals, and we will preview upcoming events.
Writer-Ready is a series that includes workshops, lectures, conversations with artists and writers, and work sessions to set ourselves up to be ready for good opportunities to write, perform, and publish our work.