Dominika Wrozynski

Associate Professor, English

My creative, research, and teaching interests focus on poetry and poetics (both as literature and as written craft), as well as literary theory and creative nonfiction. 


  • PHD, Florida State University
  • MA, New Mexico Highlands U.
  • BA, Seattle University

Courses Taught

Studies in Creative Writing: Poetry ENGL 340

Introduction to Creative Writing: ENGL 240

Reading Poetry: ENGL 274

Exposition and Argumentation: ENGL 210

Introduction to Literary Studies: ENGL 306

Independent Study: Studies in Creative Writing: Nonfiction 

  • Research

    My book project, American Accent, is a poetry collection in which I explore what it means to be American—geographically, psychologically, and linguistically—for a Polish-American émigré writer. Thematically, the manuscript begins with life in communist Poland, my subsequent escape from the country of my birth, and assimilation into American culture. Poems such as “My Mother’s Biography”—a bilingual Polish and English poem—also explore a linguistic hybridity, and reflect my interest in contemporary translation projects. American Accent also addresses various American geographies, such as the mesas of New Mexico; the landscape serves as a backdrop for yet another version of America—one where small-town locals duel with Patrick Swayze and other figures once iconic in popular culture. Poems in American Accent have appeared in various journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Slipstream, and The Spoon River Poetry Review.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities



    American Accent. Evening Street Press, 2018. Winner of the Sinclair Poetry Prize.


    “Upon Seeing the Inside Of Your Knee in Pictures,” Belletrist (Summer/Fall 2018).

    “Dear Johnny Castle,” Belletrist (Spring 2018).

    "10-Year Anniversary,” The Tishman Review 3.4 (Fall 2017). 

    “The Story of Our House,” Temenos (Fall 2017).

    “Everyday Worship,” “Lizard Calls to Tell You He is Dying,” New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature (Summer 2017).

    “Drinking Becomes Them,” Nimrod Journal of Prose and Poetry 60.2 (Spring/Summer 2017).

    “The Days Between,” Balanced Rock: The North Salem Review of Art, Photography, and Literature (Spring 2017).

    "I Will Still Visit," Birmingham Poetry Journal (Spring 2016). 

    My Mother’s Krakow,” Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art (Spring 2016).

    “Wake at Don Kiyote Books and Ephemera,” The Grief Diaries (May 2016).

    "Retrieval," "Record Keeper of All You Want To Forget," Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors Vol. 3 (November 2014). "Retrieval" was the winner of the Warriors Anthology Writing Competition. 

    "Desert Love Poem," Rattle 43 (Spring 2014). 

    “Salvage,” “Sparring with the One-Armed Pierogi Maker,” Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art 8 (Spring 2014).

    "To All of the Poets Who Say, Don't Write Poems About Your Dog," One Image: One Hundred Voices (2013).

    “Patrick Swayze in New Mexico: Star Sightings You Don’t Write Home About,” 200 New Mexico Poems (November 2012).

    “Living in Florida, I Have Replaced Cicada with Love Bug,” “Cock Fight,” The Portland Review 56.1 (Spring 2009).

    “My Mother’s Biography,” “Spending the Night, Once Again, In My Mother’s House,” The Spoon River Poetry Review 34.1 (Winter/Spring 2009).

    “Mama Makes Pierogi,” “Inadequate   Representations,” “My Mother Receives her Citizenship,” “Trial By Fire,” “The Things We Take This Night: Or What You Need To Escape From A Communist Country,” Kritya: A Journal of Poetry (Spring 2009).

    “My Mother Shops for a Prosthetic Arm,” Slipstream 29 (Spring 2009).

    “Seasonal Uncertainty,” Northeast Chronicle 26.3 (December 2008).

    “Poland, 1945,” Crab Orchard Review 11.2 (Summer/Fall 2006).



    Duda, Elżbieta. “Letter to Heaven” and “Promise.” Trans. Dominika Wrozynski. Espresso Ink (February 2012).

    Duda, Harry. “Benedict XVI at Auschwitz-Birkenau.” Trans. Dominika Wrozynski. The Auschwitz Poems: An Anthology. Ed. Adam A. Zych. Poland: Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, 2011.

    Herbert, Zbigniev. “Breviary.” Co-translated with Barbara Hamby, and appearing in All-Night Lingo Tango, by Barbara Hamby, U of Pittsburgh P, 2009.




    Poetry Reading. Poor Mouth Poetry Writers. New York City Poetry Festival. Governor's Island, NY, July 26, 2015.

    Poetry Reading. Poor Mouth Poetry Writers at An Beal Bocht. Bronx, NY, March 11, 2015. 

    Poetry Reading. Benefit for Big Bend Hospice. Tallahassee, FL, January 20, 2013.

    Poetry/Translation Reading. City Library of Opole. Opole, Poland, May 23, 2012.

    Poetry Reading. The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference. Fairhope, AL, March 30-31, 2012.

    Poetry Reading. Benefit for Knott House Museum. Tallahassee, FL, February 14, 2012.

    Poetry Reading. Benefit for Espresso Ink. Tallahassee, FL, February 10, 2012.

    Poetry Reading. The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference. Fairhope, AL, April 8-9, 2011.

    Poetry Reading. The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference. Fairhope, AL, March 5-6, 2010.

    Poetry Reading. Anhinga Press Reading Series. Tallahassee, FL, July 20, 2009.

    Poetry Reading. The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference. Fairhope, AL, April 3-4, 2009.

    Poetry Reading. The Warehouse Reading Series. Tallahassee, FL, March 23, 2009.

    Poetry Reading. Big Bend Poets’ Society. Tallahassee, FL,  January 13, 2009.

    Poetry Reading. The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference. Fairhope, AL, April 11-12, 2008.

    Runaway With Words Anthology Reading. Tallahassee, FL, April 26, 2006.

    Poetry Reading. The Warehouse Reading Series. Tallahassee, FL, February 14, 2006. 


    Conference Presentations

    "Writing Outside the Program: Building Creative Writing Communities Without Creative Writing Majors." North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing and Literature Conference (Panel Presentation). Cedar Falls, IA, June 11-13, 2015.

    "No Creative Writing Program? No Problem: Building Creative Writing Communities in Non-Creative Writing Institutions. College English Association (CEA), 46th Annual Conference (Panel Presentation). Indianapolis, IN, March 26-28, 2015.

    "No Creative Writing Program? No Problem: Pedagogical and Administrative Strategies for Bringing Creative Writing to Non-Creative Writing Institutions." The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers (Panel Presentation). Fairhope, AL, March 28-29, 2014. 

    "Magazine/Small Press Editors' Panel." The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers (Panel Presentation). Fairhope, AL, April 8-9, 2011, and March 5-6, 2010. 

    “Found in Translation: Poetry that Stems From Multilingual Homes.” The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP Panel). Atlanta, GA,March 2, 2007.

    “Constructing Cosmopolitanism in Victorian Entertainment Venues: The Role of Vauxhall Gardens.” Cosmopolitanism: Thinking Beyond the Nation, 32nd Annual Conference on Literature and Film. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, February 2, 2007.

    “Christine de Pizan’s Riskier Doctrine: Re-Reading The Book of the City of Ladies as a Feminized Body Politic Through Its Metaphors of City and Body.” The Rules Are Different Here: 31st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association. Daytona Beach, FL, October 1, 2005.


  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Visiting Faculty Instructor. Florida State University, 2009—2012.

    Poetry Editor, Apalachee Review, 2006—2013.

    Associate Editor, Anhinga Press, 2007—2011.

    Poetry Editor, The Southeast Review, 2006—2008.

    Associate Fiction Editor, Carve Magazine, 2004—2005.

  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    University Leadership Award (Nomination). Florida State University Division of Student Affairs, 2012.

    Marian C. Bashinski Award for Excellence in Teaching. Florida State University, 2006.

    Florida State University Congress of Graduate Students. Conference Grant, 2005, 2007, 2008.