Premier, February 16-17, 2017. Inspired by the Sale of Lost Luggage, commissioned and funded by a grant from Michigan Council for the Arts, this collaborative script was further developed with comparative arts students from Interlochen Arts Academy for the 2017 Year of the Pilgrim. Phoenix Theater, Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Love, Sex and 4-H receives Next Generation Indie Award for Best Memoir 2016 at the Indie gala, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL. May 11, 2016.
The Contemporary Writers Series celebrates its 20th year at Aquinas College with its 2016-2017 season. To date, 78 writers of all literary genres have brought their talents and inspiration to more than 17,000 students and community members. In honor of the anniversary, four popular and acclaimed writers from prior years have been asked to do a repeat performance this season.
I have been invited to serve on panels, readings, and caucuses at the AWP conferences in 2008, and 2010-14, including such diverse subjects as “God Loves Flyover States: Writing the Midwest” and the advantages of “Community in the Low Residency MFA.”
In 2013 I had the honor of introducing award-winning Richard Todd (cultural critic and co-author of Good Prose) with Tracy Kidder and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc in a Solstice sponsored conversation and reading.
2005 Pulling Down the Barn, Memories of a Rural Childhood | An eloquent recollection of a personal journey as she discovers herself an outsider on her family farm located in western Michigan’s Oceana County, in the township of Elbridge. Written as a series of heartfelt interlocking narratives.
2008 House of Fields | Anne-Marie Oomen uses a wealth of vivid language and personal details to bring scenes from her childhood on a family farm to life in House of Fields.
The State of the Book Literary Symposium, which will take place in Ann Arbor, MI, September 28, in Rackham Auditorium.
“The Secrets of The Luuce Talk Tavern” written by Anne-Marie Oomen and Directed by Jeanette Mason, produced at OTP Studio Theatre at the Depot In Traverse City, Michigan on April 13, 2012.
Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor. Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Reading and talk. Anne-Marie Oomen with Michigan Notable Book winners.
Panelist for discussion: “Water as Inspiration.” Accompanying panelists Michael Delp and Aaron Stander.
Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
Featuring: Made in Michigan Authors Anne-Marie Oomen, Thomas Lynch, Mardi Link, Zilka Joseph, Michael Delp. October 1, 2016, 3:00 p.m
It was a privilege to listen to Oomen perform some of her literary works. Upon introduction, I was instantly in awe. Her voice was genuine, and she relayed so much passion through her writings. Oomen read from her memoir Love, Sex, and 4H.” I liked how she used specific voices within her literature and during her performance. Each author has a “voice”, yet Oomen clearly has many; one for each character. Her inflections and silent pauses presented as if she was reading each piece like a poem. Also, in my Creative Writing class, we have read “From a High Place” and “Keep Clear of Me.” Both I fell in love with their prose. Through her writings which express a humble and poetic outlook, Anne-Marie Oomen has inspired me to continue to write. I cannot be more grateful.
Anne-Marie Oomen is the consummate professional whether she's leading a college level workshop or giving a wonderful reading of her own stunning work. She connects with her audience in the most tangible way-- with all five senses engaged in a unique dialogue between the written and spoken word.
Her beautiful language and elegant images lead us to a clarified sense of our yearning to belong—to a people and to a place.
Not many teachers of writing bring the kind of intelligence, compassion, creativity, and sense of fun to the classroom that Anne-Marie Oomen has to offer. As a director of an MFA program and as a writer myself, I am repeatedly awed by the way Anne-Marie brings out the best in her students, leading them down paths they didn’t even know existed inside them. Every time I have a chance to take an Oomen class, I do, and come out a better writer for the experience.
She teaches with knowledge, wisdom, and heart. She taps the elusive writer in every student and teases the muse within until it blossoms on its own. She is masterful, genuine, and inspirational