Kresge Library

Far Field Retreat for Writers

At The Far Field Retreat writers will have the opportunity to study the craft of poetry, fiction, writing for children, or non-fiction writing with faculty who are committed teachers and prominent writers both locally and nationally. The retreat, held on Oakland University 's campus, will be May 17-20, 2007. For complete information, including faculty listings, registration and scholarship information, detailed schedule, and maps, go to The Far Field Retreat for Writers web site. For additional information e-mail conference director Mary Ann Samyn ( ) or call 248-370-2250 . Registration deadline is May 1.

The retreat takes its name from Theodore Roethke's poem, "The Far Field."

Retreat Faculty

Tony Ardizzone (Fiction) teaches in the MFA Program at Indiana University , Bloomington .

Personal web page:

"Cavadduzzo's of Cicero [short story]"

*"The fisherman's son [ from In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu]."   Ploughshares , 23.1(Spring 1997): 7-24. [full text from Academic OneFile]


Annie Gilson (Fiction) teaches fiction writing and contemporary literature at Oakland University .

Personal web pages: and

Sample chapter from her novel, New Light

McCracken, Heather. "Visions of Visions: Novelist Sees a Utopia in the Midwest." MetroTimes: Detroit's Weekly Alternative, January 1, 2007.

Book in the Oakland University Library:

New Light . Seattle , WA : Black Heron Press, 2006. PS3607.I58N49 2006 (3d floor)


Anne-Marie Oomen (Creative Nonfiction) serves as Chair of Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Academy .

Personal web page:

Falkenstein, Linda. "An interview with Midwestern poet Anne-Marie Oomen." Isthmus: The Daily Page, March 23, 2007.

Information about her latest book, House of Fields , a 2007 Michigan Notable Book

Books in the Oakland University Library:

House of Fields: Memories of a Rural Education . Detroit : Wayne State University Press, 2006. on order

Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes . Edited by Alison Swan. East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 2006. [contains Oomen's essay, "Water Birds] PS562.F74 2006 (3d floor)


Jack Ridl (Poetry) has taught at Hope College for 36 years.

Personal web page:

"Poet and Author Jack Ridl: November 22, 2002." (includes audio interview and readings)

*"Against Elegies [poem]." Poetry  173.3 (Jan 1999): 230. [full text from Academic OneFile]

*"Scansion after a Midnight Snack [poem]."   Prairie Schooner  75.2 (Summer 2001): 175.  [full text from Academic OneFile]


Mary Ann Samyn ( Retreat Director) teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at West Virginia University

Personal web page:

Two of her poems ("Boundary Theory" and "Drawing a Blank")

*" When the Soul Comes out of the Body [poem]." The Virginia Quarterly Review , 77.4(Autumn 2001): 650. [full text from Wilson OmniFile]

Books in the Oakland University Library:

Captivity Narrative . Columbus : Ohio State University Press, 1999.

PS3569.A46695C37 1999 (3d floor)

Inside the Yellow Dress . Kalamazoo , MI : New Issues/Western Michigan University, 2001. PS3569.A46695I57 2001 (3d floor)

Purr . Kalamazoo , MI : New Issues/Western Michigan University, 2005. PS3569.A46695P87 2005 (3d floor)

Rooms by the Sea . Kent , Ohio : Kent State University Press, 1994.

PS3569.A46695R66 1994 (3d floor)



*These links will work on Oakland 's campus or remotely for Oakland University faculty, staff, and students. However, you may have online access to these items through other means. For example, every Michigan citizen can access Academic OneFile and Wilson OmniFile by following the link for MeL databases from the Michigan eLibrary web site (


Created on 12/12/06 by 11/21/02 by Millie Merz / Last updated on 3/7/18 by Millie Merz
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