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College produces Contemporary Writers event

November 15, 2016
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Anne-Marie Oomen
Anne-Marie Oomen. Courtesy Aquinas College

A local college will host a multi-genre author on Wednesday night whose work has twice been named a Michigan Notable Book and featured in the Made in Michigan Writers Series.

Aquinas College will welcome Anne-Marie Oomen for its Contemporary Writers Series event at 7:30 p.m. the school’s Wege Ballroom in Grand Rapids, at 1607 Robinson Rd. SE.

The talk is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required.


Oomen is an award-winning author in the genres of creative non-fiction, poetry and plays.

Her most recent memoir, “Love, Sex and 4-H,” which won the Next Generation Indie Award, is a tale of growing up in the ’60s in small-town Michigan, set against the backdrop of the social and political revolutions of the time.

Oomen’s Michigan Notable Books include her memoirs “Pulling Down the Barn” and “House of Fields.”

The series

The college’s series is in its 20th year: in September, it featured Chicago poet, novelist and visual artist Clarence Major; in February, it will feature Los Angeles activist and poet Luis J. Rodriguez; and in April, it will feature San Antonio songwriter, poet and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye.

Founded by Tony Foster and Linda Nemec Foster, the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series has brought writers from around the world to Grand Rapids.

The series is coordinated by a committee of Aquinas College staff, faculty and alumni.

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