Lois Roma-Deeley

Poet. Editor. Educator.

Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

"Words & Music" 2013

Poetry Reading at Molloy College. Photo Credit: Erin Deeley

Reading in my home town

Beth Shadur's "Apologizing for the Rain," with Lois Roma-Deeley's poem of the same name

Celebrating National Poetry Month, North Babylon, April 2012

A Celebration of the Villanelle, AWP off-site reading, Chicago, 2012

Roma-Deeley's poem, "The Correct Yes," was exhibited with visual artist Mirjana Ugrinov's two panel painting, and was hung in the Ambassador's residence in Belgrade.

Lois Roma-Deeley and composer Christopher Scinto

Lois Roma-Deeley and composer Christopher Scinto, musical preview of "The Ballad of Downtown Jake"--a jazz opera based on High Notes

Lois Roma-Deeley Poetry Reading and Workshops (Please note: times and dates are subject to change. Contact venue to be certain.)

Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ May 11, 2018 7pm

January 6, 2018
Poetry Reading

InSight II: An Ekphrastic Collaboration with Artists and Writers
January 6 - 22, 2018

New City Studio

1300 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

AWP March 2018 in Tampa, Florida
Author Signing
Presence Table at the book fair

April 4, 2018
Poetry Reading
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix, Arizona

April 27,
Key Note Address
Creative Writing Festival
Suffolk County Community College
Selden, New York
12 noon

May 11, 2018
Changing Hands BookStore
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
Franciscan University
1235 University Blvd
Steubenville, OH 43952
7 pm

Thursday, July 13, 2017 7pm
Why There Are Words Reading Series
Studio 333
333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965.
Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272.

Friday, March 11, 2016 9-1pm
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Women’s History Month
“The Power of Story”

Friday, April 15, 2016, 7pm
Limited Engagement Reading
and Interview Series (Podcast)
4610 N 7th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Friday, May 6, 2016, 7pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
First Fridays Reading
Friday, May 6, 2016, 7pm
6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

Friday, April 1, 2016, 6pm-7:15pm
AWP Women’s Caucus
“Best Practices for Community Engagement”
Room 501, L.A. Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Los Angeles, CA, 90015

Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:30 pm
Windhover Literary Journal
Poetry Reading
Salvage Bar
W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7pm
Mesa Community College
Wednesday, April 13, 7pm
“Poetry, Society and You”
1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202

Monday, Sept 17, 2016, 7pm
Narrow Chimney Reading Series
114 N Leroux Street
Flagstaff, Arizona

Sept, 2016 (day and time, TBA)
Phoenix Poetry Series
The Gallery
1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 9-1pm
Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing
Poetry workshop- In a Another Voice: Creating Memorable Poetic Personas
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287


Spring 2013

University of South Florida
April 9, 2013

Northern Arizona Book Festival
May 18, 2013

Fall 2012

Poetry Reading
Molloy College
Sunday, Oct. 21
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre,
New York 11571-5002

"Living Like a Writer"
Flagstaff, AZ
Sat., Oct 13, 2012
Lois Roma-Deeley and Marianne Roccaforte

Beth Shadur, visual artist, with poet Lois Roma-Deeley, "Apologizing for the Rain," (accompanied by the poem of the same name) is exhibited at Oakton Community College called The "Personal is Political: Transformative Power of Women’s Art," opening on October 4-24

Additional poems exhibited with Beth Shadur's visual artwork

"away with the faeries," Harold Washington Library, August 24-October 28, 2012

"away with the faeries", Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL November 7-December 17, 2012

Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook IL
October 12-Nov 30, 2012
College of Lake County , Grayslake IL , 2009

Praise for Lois Roma-Deeley

It’s been a long time since a collection has so affected me. Whether she is writing of our twisted relational lives ...of her own seemingly innate sense that something’s wrong, Roma-Deeley writes with that curious blend of authority and self-doubt that marks our best poets. Ultimately, and reassuringly, she finds the affirmation that sustains her through it all; as her title poem urges, “having courage, let us write a word or phrase on the short list of certainties something that sounds very much like praise.” Which is just what she does in this tour de force. ~Sydney Lea, author of twelve collections of poetry, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, former Vermont Poet Laureate.
"It's taut, tough, in your face and orchestrates like a mad symphony of howls and laughters and blues, blues, blues, that burn to read. It's clean, crisp, starlight fire, that'll lead you back to your life purpose and make you rethink and reshape your view of life." --Jimmy Santiago Baca
"These poems are tough, brave, but also hold an almost physical balance against human suffering."--Norman Dubie
"That is the trouble with American poets these days --they have forgotten how to entertain the reader. The result is that almost no one reads poetry these days because it isn't fun any more. That's why running across someone like Lois Roma-Deeley is so satisfying."--Lewis Turco, Hollins Critic

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