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ANNE-MARIE OOMEN, Award-winning Michigan author, writer, poet, Interlochen Arts Academy, Writing Workshops, Poet in Residence, Writer in Residence, Writing Residence
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Lake Love Letters Project

Dear Friend, I love our waters: lakes, rivers, wetlands, little sinking ponds, remote swamps. If it’s wet, I’ll probably like it. And of course, I’m worried about all of them, as I know many of you are. I often wonder what I can do. I’m not a scientist, politician, lawyer, not even a very good journalist. I often feel inadequate, a “fish out of water” when...

Launch Fun: Notes on Small Scale Book Launches

Recently, a former student from the Solstice MFA program where I teach, Jenifer DeBellis, wrote me that her first book, Blood Sisters, had been accepted. She was excited but uncertain how to shepherd it into the future with that “human touch.” Then a similar question from T.J. Harrison on the acceptance of her book, The Fruit of Love and Grief.  Both of these women had worked hard, weathered rejection, triumphed over...

Join Me: Spring/Summer Schedule 2019

Anne-Marie’s calendar for spring/summer book events. • May 2, 5:00 pm, Lake Michigan Mermaid: The Story of the Story, Jonesville District Library, 310 Church St., Jonesville. This is a Michigan Notable Book Tour event. • May 16, 2:15 pm, Conference for Study of Midwestern Literature, conference panel. Bonnie Jo Campbell’s heroes. Kellogg Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (Books available!) • Monday,...

Reading My Own Words: Some Practical Thoughts

Recently my friend Kelli Fitzpatrick, writer of speculative fiction extraordinaire, emailed, paying an unexpected compliment.  She’d won a literary prize and had been asked to do a big public reading, and like all of us in those situations, was feeling the nerves. She noted that she always loved the way I read (I always thought she read well!) and would I offer some suggestions for...

A Flag and a Drum: Free Press, Free People Rally

Saturday, March 7 The first person I see as I walk down Front Street in Traverse City, Michigan to stand in front of our regional newspaper office, Record-Eagle, is old friend and organizer Ashlea Walters with her two children.  How lovely, the children here in the bright March sun, demonstrating with us. They jump up and down (hop really—like small rabbit people) with child-sized signs in...

Across the Street: Planned Parenthood rally

I have been a long-time supporter of Planned Parenthood, giving regularly and willingly because Planned Parenthood is the single reason I didn’t get pregnant in college.  Because here’s the truth; in the post free-love seventies, I was sexually active. I should say it louder.  I was sexually active.  (Does bolding the letters do it?) Not just active but maybe frenetic. Gosh, I loved sex. To...

Why I’m Going to march in Washington DC

On January 21, the day after the inauguration, I will attend the Women’s March in Washington D.C.  to spend the day walking Independence Avenue with people from all over the country. Simultaneously, marches will occur in major cities all over the country.  Why am I going?  I’m compelled for a myriad of reasons I have been asked to voice here. I will march first because of...

A Couple Walk into a Bar…

A man and woman walk into a bar.  Pretend the couple is me and my husband, David.  We sit at the bar and order two beers. Overhead, three TV’s hang in their vivid color, ALL of them tuned to FOX news.  When we ask for one to be switched to CNN, no one can find the remote. No one can find the remote?!? In this time...

Vote Your Conscience: December 19, 2016

  After days of trying to find someone to carpool with (many interested, but few able to take time), I decided to attend alone the Vote Your Conscience rally in Lansing on December 19, 2016.  At 2:00 the afternoon of that Monday morning, sixteen Michigan electors from the electoral college would gather from all parts of Michigan in the senate chambers of our stately capitol and...