Not only is Jeanne-Marie Osterman‘s Shellback chosen by Kirkus‘ Indie Editors to be featured in Kirkus Reviews (June 15 issue), it also gets a Kirkus Star (only 2% of books reviewed get a star)! Huge congratulations, Jeanne-Marie!

The Kirkus Star

One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit… Books that earn the Kirkus Star… are automatically nominated for the Kirkus Prize.

Osterman is featured in HeraldNet!

An Everett native pays a poetic tribute to her father
“Shellback” is a collection of narrative poems honoring John D. Osterman, a lifelong Everett resident and WWII veteran.

In “Shellback,” Osterman remembers her father from her mid-century childhood to his death at 98 in 2017. The book is set in her Pacific Northwest hometown and the Pacific theater of World War II. Her poems speak of love, forgiveness, tragedy and grief.

“Shellback” — the title is slang for a veteran sailor — is a plainspoken portrait of a World War II naval combat veteran.

Osterman, 68, writes about the nostalgia of her childhood days trying “to be his boy,” followed by the nightmares her father witnessed during World War II. With a daughter’s devotion, she then writes about wishing to understand him and caring for him in his last years.

Read the full article.

The Everett Public Library presents “Writers Live: Everett Poetry Night” at 5 p.m. April 20 via Crowdcast. Jeanne-Marie Osterman and Steve K. Bertrand are the two featured poets. Register at http://www.crowdcast.io/e/everettpoetry. A link to the event will be emailed after registration. Call 425-257-8000 or go to http://www.epls.org for more information.

The Academy of American Poets’ Reading List includes SHELLBACK

From the Academy of American Poets, “This year, to help celebrate the 25th annual occasion of National Poetry Month, we encourage you to check out these new poetry titles from our National Poetry Month partners, sponsors, and advertisers. Poems continue to offer us a sense of connection, and buying poetry books is one of the best ways to directly support poets and poetry publishers.” Full list here.

Writers Live: Everett Poetry Night with Steve K. Bertrand & Jeanne-Marie Osterman

Join the Everett Public Library for a celebration of poetry on April 20 at 5pm Pacific. Everett Poetry Night will feature two poets whose work is inspired by their lives and experiences in Everett. 

Steve K. Bertrand and Jeanne-Marie Osterman will talk about poetry and each will read a selection of their Everett-inspired poems.

Steve K. Bertrand is an award-winning poet, historian and photographer. His poems, stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, Steve has had a long career as a teacher/coach in the Everett School District. Steve has been very involved in lectures and poetry readings throughout the Pacific Northwest. The author of over 35 books, Steve lives in Mukilteo.

Jeanne-Marie Osterman was born and raised in Everett. She is the author of There’s a Hum and Shellback. Her poems have appeared in BorderlandsCathexis Northwest45th Parallel MagazineThe Madison ReviewCalifornia Quarterly, and other publications. A finalist for the 2018 Joy Harjo Poetry Award and 2017 Levis Prize in Poetry, she is poetry editor for cagibilit.com, a journal of prose and poetry. 

The daughter of a World War II naval combat veteran remembers her father—from her mid-century childhood in the Pacific Northwest, to his death at age 98—in her collection Shellback.