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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.  

South Dakota Standard

Dorothy Rosby pays homage to Erma Bombeck in an essay for the South Dakota Standard. She wonders: Will Augie accept a collection of her works?
(We think that would be awesome!)

 Dorothy Rosby writes about not feeling old, even when people give gave her a senior discount without asking her age first!  With an optimistic outlook, and a dose of humor, Rosby embraces her true age. Read her essay in the South Dakota Standard.