Notable Michigan Author To Share Her Writings
Author and poet Anne-Marie Oomen, recipient of the Michigan Notable Book Award for Pulling Down the Barn, is coming to Alma College to read from her works.
Oomen speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the Anderson Reading Area of the Alma College Library as part of the Michigan Author Speaker Series. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.
With rural culture as her theme, Oomen writes stories of farm, fields and family. Her collection of non-fiction in Pulling Down the Barn, in its second printing, explores living in rural Michigan.
She also is the author of House of Fields, Un-coded Woman and two chapbooks of poetry: Seasons of the Sleeping Bear and Moniker.
“Anne-Marie Oomen brings not only the past, its people and domestic mythologies to life in this brilliant book, but she brings life to the landscape, the seasons and the very walls that contained them,” writes author Laura Kasischke about Oomen’s House of Fields.
“She writes great essays about growing up in rural Michigan,” says Angie Kelleher, access services librarian at Alma College who is coordinating Oomen’s visit to Alma. “I feel a lot of the community and students can relate to her.”
A resident of Empire, Oomen is a non-fiction instructor for the Solstice Writers Conference of Pine Manor College, chair of creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy and faculty editor for the Interlochen Review.
Posted: Sun, October 18th, 2009 at 9:50AM