Dottie Grossman, a poet and performer who appeared at Westside venues including Beyond Baroque in Venice, died May 6 in her West Los Angeles home of 30 years.
She was born Dorothea Gloria Dwartzin in Philadelphia in 1937.
Grossman and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich performed their “Call and Response” poetry and jazz sets on houseboats, at yarn stores, art galleries, and music venues throughout the West Coast.
She was a regular contributor to Beyond Baroque and her poems were used in Ellen Burr’s opera FIVE that was produced at the Electric Lodge in Venice in 2007.
In addition to recorded CDs, her poems appeared in such magazines as Poetry, which awarded her the Wood Prize, and in four books, the most recent of which was “The Fun of Speaking English: Collected Poems,” released by Coffeetown Press.
Grossman had worked a variety of jobs, including counselor, bookstore manager, and registrar at a memory school and at SCI-ARC school of architecture.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Grossman, a jazz and new music pianist, in 1992. She is survived by a niece and nephew in Pennsylvania, cousins in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Utah, and friends.
A music, performance and poetry filled memorial for Grossman is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at the Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 Arden Ave., Glendale.