NEW RELEASE on the National League of American Pen Women video channel on YouTube.




The 2016 NLAPW Board of Directors standing on the beautiful staircase at The Pen Arts Building in Washington, D.C.

2016 NLAPW Board of Directors standing on the beautiful staircase at The Pen Arts Building and Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the home of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), an organization of professional women artists, composers, and writers, founded in 1897, dedicated to our mission as a 501(c)3 organization to serve our communities through the arts.

The Mission of the National League of American Pen Women is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts.*

*Passed by the NLAPW National Board of Directors, October, 2014.


Who are we?

Through the historic Pen Arts Building and Art Museum in the heart of Washington D.C., we enhance experiences for our members, diverse communities, and youth with educational events, outreach programs, and concerts sponsored by the NLAPW.

We have branches in states throughout our nation; in large cities, in rural areas, in towns, on all the coasts and in Hawaii. Branches offer seminars, workshops, art exhibits, readings, concerts, and outreach programs. Find a branch in your area.

Want to know more?

Explore our website to learn our history, events, contest news, art and poetry.

  • Click About for our mission statement, and visit pages on our history, historic headquarters, and outreach programs.
  • You can find out how to join under Membership.
  • Look under Competitions for grants.
  • Latest News and Events will connect you with our upcoming programs.
  • Find out how (and why) to Donate to our cause of promoting Art, Music and Letters.
  • Visit our Publications section to find out about our quarterly literary magazine, The Pen Woman, and our Pen Women Press books.
  • Check out our bookstore!

Connect with us!

Sign up for our blog and get the Poem of the Week, the new Creative Inspirational Wisdom and A Creative Business advice from members, and the occasional Art of the Week. (It’s free, of course!) Contact Kathleen Vermaelen for details:

Please stop in on our Facebook page today and “Like” us! Follow us on Twitter @NLAPW , and see our Google+ page.


If you’re a member, be sure to join the “Members Only” NLAPW Members Facebook Group, where you can share securely with fellow NLAPW members.

LinkedIn is a social media site that focuses on connecting professionals. If you have a LinkedIn account, please visit us at and request to join.