ANGELA M. BROMMEL
Writer I Editor I Curator
Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer and curator with Iowa roots. 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, The Literary Review’s (TLR) Share, 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. Recently she was invited by a2ru (Alliance of the Arts in Research Universities) to be a founding editorial board member of their new peer-reviewed open access online journal: Tradition Innovation in the Arts, Design, and Media Higher Education.
She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University 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 College she serves as Executive Director of the Office 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.
Thursday, June 23, 2022
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Paseo Verde Library Conference Room
280 South Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV 89012
Join us for a conversation and mini-workshop with award-winning author Kendra Atleework and local poet Angela M. Brommel about the magic of incorporating place in your prose and poetry. Free and open to the public. No creative writing experience is needed. Register here.
4:30 PM 6:
Friday, June 24, 2022
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Clark County Wetlands Park
7050 Wetlands Park Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89122
For poet Mary Oliver and many other poetry and prose writers, walking is an essential part of their writing practice. This workshop with Nevada poet Angela M. Brommel and Miracle Country author Kendra Atleework will explore how even a 5-10 minute outdoor experience can activate your imagination and lead to new work.
Free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Register here.
The first part of this workshop will be conducted outside; we recognize that attendees may have varying degrees of comfort in group settings. Masks are optional but very welcome.
Restrooms will be available in the park visitors center.
Parking is free.
Please be aware of Clark County Wetlands Park rules.
4:30 PM 6:
A Celebration of the New Clark County Poet Laureate
Thursday, June 30, 2022
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Winchester Dondero Cultural Center
3130 McCleod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Join us for an evening of poetry and an introduction of Clark County’s new Poet Laureate, Angela M. Brommel. Featured local poets include Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldana, Erica Vital-Lazare, and Rodney Lee with a special musical performance by violin duo Sweet Tone, Dmytro Nehrych and Wonyoung Na.
Free and open to the public.
4:30 PM 6: