June 2017 – NLAPW 120th Anniversary!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PEN WOMEN!

It was a great celebration on June 24, 2017

at the Pen Arts Building and Art Museum,
in Washington, D.C.

Grace Reid, NLAPW-DC Branch President brings this report:

Dear Pen Women and Creative Women,

It was an honor to attend The National League of American Pen Women 120th Anniversary Celebration at the Pen Arts Building and Art Museum on June 24th.

Author Leanna Leisure, guest, and Virginia Franklin Campbell, NLAPW President

Our National President of the NLAPW, Virginia Franklin Campbell, did a fantastic job organizing such a special and unique event.  The musicians, speakers, writers, and artists were of the highest caliber.

Personally, it was a blessing to see women whom I’ve haven’t seen for years.  It was so good to reconnect with them again!

My teenage children accompanied me, which was wonderful.  It inspired them to continue to write and to create.

I am so proud of our DC Branch Pen Women who contributed to our celebration:  Susan Eads-Role, Wanda Sims, Dr. Patricia Daly-Lipe, Lynne Eve Grossman, and our newest member and descendant of Vinnie Ream, Lee Bowers.

Juliana, the NLAPW receptionist also did a stellar job.

Dr. Evelyn Bethune

Pen Women came from all across the country, like Dr. Evelyn Bethune, speaking on her relative, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, friend of Eleanor Roosevelt.

All in all, I am so glad I didn’t miss this special, once in a lifetime event.

My hopes are that you can come to our NLAPW Biennial next April in Iowa.  (Yes, Iowa)  I plan on going and playing Jazz with my saxophonist friend/Pen Woman, Judy Bingman, from the Santa Clara, CA Branch.

My other hope is that you will keep creating and growing in the arts, and contribute your talents and skills to our organization as we reach out to our communities.

 

Creatively,

Grace Reid
NLAPW-DC Branch President

 

 

Marian, Laura Walth, 2018 Biennial Chair, and Natalie

Marian Wilson Kimber

 

Leanna Leisure at Pen Arts

Natalie Landowski at piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The rise of Pen Women, 1897

The first meeting of The League of American Pen Women was organized by Marian Longfellow O’Donoghue (yes, Henry’s niece), who wrote for newspapers in Washington D.C. and Boston. She invited fellow journalists Margaret Sullivan Burke and Anna Sanborn Hamilton to join her in establishing a “progressive press union” for the female writers of Washington.

“The Dauntless Three“ brought together seventeen women: writers, novelists, newspaper women, a teacher, a poet and an artist. Read more…