Paloma Press author donates royalties to Americans for the Arts

The Yale Club Press Release:


On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, member and author Jeanne-Marie Osterman was interviewed by Americans for the Arts in the Clarence Day Room. Osterman is donating the royalties from her book Shellback to that organization to help support their work with veterans.

From Osterman: “As I wrote the poems in Shellback, which deal with my father’s experiences in combat in the South Pacific (WWII), I realized how deeply the war had affected him. I was moved to donate any share of sales I received from the book to a charity that helps veterans with post-traumatic stress. I was happy to find Americans for the Arts and their programs for veterans.”

A group from Americans for the Arts came to the Clarence Day Room at The Yale Club that included their CEO, Nolen Bivens, Individual Giving Manager, Regina Burgher, and VP of Strategic Communications, Mariaesmeralda Paguaga.

About Shellback
A daughter recalls her relationship with her father, a World War II sailor, in this volume of poetry… Set against the brutal backdrop of war, this is an emotionally perceptive, poignant, and thoughtfully nuanced examination of the father-daughter relationship. —Kirkus starred review (Read the full review here.)

Shellback can be found in The Yale Club Library’s Books by Members section and purchased through The Yale Club Virtual Nightstand.

Note from the publisher: Shellback, a Kirkus-starred book, was named one of the best books of 2021, and a Staff Pick at the New York Public Library. The book shines a light on the legacy of intergenerational war-related trauma, its burdens and profound consequences, and the importance of mental healing and breaking the cycle of oppression. A separate press release is forthcoming from Americans for the Arts which has launched The National Initiative for Arts & Health Across the Military in 2012.

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