Jackson Hole Writers is excited to announce our new assistant director, Anne Marie Wells. At the same time, we are sad to lose Connie Wieneke and Cassandra Lee’s enthusiasm for and dedication to JHW. (But they both have promised to answer all of Anne Marie’s questions as she transitions into a new role with a combination of both Connie and Cassandra’s responsibilities.)
Anne Marie grew up in Upstate New York and moved out to Jackson in 2014 for a seasonal job, and then, like so many others who have come before her for seasonal jobs in Jackson, she was sucked in.
Before all of that, she graduated from the University of New York at Buffalo and earned a Masters of Science from the Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal, focusing her dissertation on science communication. Through her Master’s work, she wrote the children’s book, Mommy, Why Am I a Bird? and published it through her university’s press. Since then, she has worked to bring her ecological prowess to early childhood education, and she’s excited to continue her work writing children’s stories.
In Jackson, she is very active in her extracurricular pursuits. You can regularly see her taking the stage at the Teton County Library Story Slams or in community theater productions. In 2017, she won first place in Riot Act’s New Play Festival and earned second place in 2018. In January 2018, she became a founding member of the local playwriting group, First Folio. She has also volunteered for several local organizations including Riot Act, Hole Food Rescue, Animal Adoption Center, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, and Jackson Hole Cupboard.
If you’re interested in talking to Anne Marie about JHW, how you can sponsor the conference or contribute to/participate in our programming, send us a message via the contact form on this website.