Dorothea Grossman

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Dorothea Grossman
Born Dorothea Gloria Dwartzin[1]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[1]
Died May 6, 2012 (aged 74–75)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Occupation Poet
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Temple University
Spouse Richard Grossman

Dorothea "Dottie" Grossman (1937–2012) was an American poet active in Los Angeles, where she lived for more than 30 years.[2] Grossman wrote short, often epigrammatic works, such as her series of "Henny Youngman poems," which imagined mundane and humorous glimpses of the Jewish comedian Henny Youngman.[3] Grossman's poems have been published in four books as well as multiple poetry journals and magazines.[2]

Grossman was born in Philadelphia[1] and attended Temple University, where she studied with Gerald Stern.[4]

Grossman read her work regularly throughout the Los Angeles area, and was noted for her collaborations with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich and other musicians. She and Vlatkovitch released a CD entitled Call and Response in 2003.[2]

Grossman was married to avant-garde pianist Richard Grossman until his death in 1992.[1] She frequently addressed her husband in the first person in her poems, and cited his music as well as a wide variety of other musical genres ranging from improvisational jazz to Top 40 radio as major inspirations in her work.[4]

In 2010, Grossman won the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize, awarded by Poetry magazine.[2]

Grossman died in West Los Angeles on May 6, 2012.[1]

Books by Grossman[edit]

  • Cuttings (Tango Books, 1988)
  • Poems from Cave 17: Selected Poems 1989-1996 (self-published, 1996)
  • Museum of Rain (Take Out Press, 2001)
  • The Fun of Speaking English (Coffeetown Press, 2012)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Anonymous (6/28/12). "Poet and performer Dottie Grossman dies". The Argonaut. Retrieved 3/9/14.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "Dorothea Grossman". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 3/9/14.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Boncek, Barbara. "Poems From Cave 17: Selected Poems 1989–1996". Frigate: The Transverse Review of Books. Retrieved 3/9/14.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ a b Nichols, Travis. "In It for the Kicks: A Conversation with Dorothea Grossman". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 3/9/14.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)