Interview with Jeanne-Marie Osterman

Jeanne-Marie Osterman talks to Christopher Moreton about her new book, Shellback, in this issue of behind the vision.

“Working in advertising, I learnt not to be afraid of a blank page. There was lots of pressure to come up with new ideas in short periods of time. I learnt to just put down a word and see where that word would take me. Not to wait for some perfect solution until I put any words on the page.”

Jeanne-Marie Osterman

More accolades for Osterman’s Shellback!

SHELLBACK a Staff Pick at the New York Public Library
A bookstore in NYC proudly displays SHELLBACK!

After earning the coveted Kirkus star, Jeanne-Marie Osterman’s SHELLBACK is a Staff Pick at the New York Public Library! Congratulations, Jeanne-Marie!

Fresh from the success of SHELLBACK, Osterman won the 2021 Slipstream Press Chapbook Competition and her most recent work appears in New Ohio Review.

Kirkus Magazine August 15 issue

Scenes from the NYC Poetry Festival!

“The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival has been to liberate poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstore, and coffee shops and their halogen-lit college campuses, and to bring together as many NYC poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, mingle, and collaborate.”

Here’s Jeanne-Marie Osterman, with copies of her poetry collection, Shellback, and Christopher X. Shade’s Shield the Joyous, at the 10th Annual Celebration on Governors Island!


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.