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Fall Author 2023: Dorothy Rosby

About Dorothy Rosby

Dorothy Rosby is an author, speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose work appears in publications throughout the West and Midwest.  Rosby has published four collections of her essays including, 'Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate: Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times our Celebrations get out of hand (2022), Alexa's a Spy and Other Things to be Ticked Off About (2020), I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad: and Then I Got to Know me Better (2017)and I Didn't Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch (2016).  

An observer of people and situations, Rosby uses those experiences to find and call out the absurd in everyday life while avoiding making things personal.  Her work is a much-needed antidote to our increasingly divided world.  In 2022 Rosby was the global winner of the Erma Bombeck Writing competition in the humor category.  One of the judges commented, "I loved the much like Erma.  The little bits of self-depricating humor...go a long way toward making [Rosby] more accessible...and that's what makes such a strong connection between reader and writer." 


Rosby is a 1982 graduate of Augustana.  She lives with her husband, Wayne, a 1975 Augie grad, in Rapid City.  

Watch a recording of the Fall Author Event 2023: Dorothy Rosby HERE.

In the Moment Interview with Dorothy Rosby



Lori Walsh inteviews Dorothy Rosby in her segment In the Moment October 3, 2023.  Both journalists realize they are Augie grads and got their start in journalism writing for The Mirror! Listen to the interview HERE

In the Light

Into the Light by Wayne Rosby ('75) 

South Dakota Standard


Dorothy Rosby reflects on what changed - and what didn't change - from going through a pandemic. (And now always needing to justify a cough!)  Read her article in the South Dakota Standard.  

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, especially when the next-door neighbor has a great sprinkler system!  Read about Dorothy Rosby's struggles to keep up with her neighbor's lawn in her article in the South Dakota Standard.