Dorothea "Dottie" Grossman lived in Los Angeles for over 30 years. Poetry magazine awared her its J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize in 2010. Grossman wrote about her poems, “I like to think [they] are honest and that they connect me with my fellow mammals in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and comforting. If they retain an air of mystery/humor, so much the better.” Allen Ginsberg once called her poetry, “clear, odd, personal, funny or wild-weird, curious and lucid.”

Grossman's first two poetry collections, Cuttings (1988) and Poems From Cave 17 (1996), were self published. A third book, Museum of Rain (2001), was published by Take Out Press. Most recently her poems have been collected in The Fun of Speaking English: Selected Poems (Coffeetown Press, 2012). Her work appeared in numerous poetry journals and magazines, and her CD Call And Response (2003) features her live performances with improvising trombonist Michael Vlatkovich.