Writers Get Together

From NLAPW Jacksonville Branch, FL, Secretary and Joint PR chair Siggy Buckley comes THIS—>a popular blog accepting submissions from writers on writing, artists on art, composers on the process, fiction, essays, novel excerpts–>a window into the minds of creative professionals–>a boost for a rainy day in front of a blank screen–>a sister Pen Woman at the other end of the submission send button. Siggy’s brainchild is Writers Get Together, a blog with a mission to publish fresh new ideas three times a week! Which means she needs us!! “Write” On, Siggy!

Writersgettogether

Writers Get Together is a showcase for aspiring authors, bloggers and poets from around the world.

This is a platform where you can feature your work, tell us about your writing, the creative process and experiences with publishing. We also accept excerpts from your latest book. Since Thanksgiving 2011 we’ve been publishing fresh, new ideas for at least three times a week.

As one of our editors aptly describes the purpose of WGT: “a blog that serves the function in the digital world of the old-fashioned coffee house, where writers can share new work, experiment with new ideas and get feedback from colleagues.” What better definition could serve the purpose!

As a writer, you can become part of this popular writers site! We shamelessly blow our own horn: we publish here on the site, post to dozens of Facebook sites, or LinkedIn and Tweet, employing everything social networking sites have to offer. We encourage you to do the same — trumpet away! And if you like what you see, give us a like or join the site!

To keep this exciting project going, we need contributions: YOURS!

We’re now headed towards the 70,000 hits mark and we’ve had well over 5,000 Likes! Check us out at: www.Writersgettogether.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you soon in our digital coffee house WGT!

Siggy Buckley
Corresponding Secretary & Joint PR chair of the Jacksonville branch, FL

Art of the Week–madre de dios

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Madre de Dios I Mara Viksnins,  Pensacola Branch, FL Mixed media

Madre de Dios I
Mara Viksnins, Pensacola Branch, FL
Mixed media

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Publications News and Poem of the Week-For Kate

The Pen Woman magazine is hot off the press and will be going out in the mail shortly. Members will be receiving the magazine in a few weeks to a month. click here to visit our Pen Woman magazine page to subscribe if you aren’t yet a member or to order additional copies. Winter2015cover

The deadline for The Light Between Us submissions is February 25, 2015. NLAPW members, please submit your true story of the impact of creative expression on a personal healing experience or the impact of a life experience on your artistic expression in 1200 words or less.
Use 12 point type and Times New Roman Font.
Submit your manuscript to: penwomenpress@nlapw.org with Light between Us in the subject line.
Include your name, address, phone number, email address and branch affiliation or Member-At-Large in the upper left hand corner of page 1.

Order our upcoming anthology, Poems of the Super Moon, on our bookstore page:poemsofthesupermoon6x9

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Poem of the Week

For Kate

Your hair smells like gin.
Crisp, of-the-forest, cold.
You spent a day hoarding
sunlight, posing on one
windowsill after another.
Washing yourself of winter.
You followed the light
east to west. By evening
you’d soaked so many
rays, you were gravid
with heat, gold, and
that juniper

scent. You hold my wrist
between your teeth, your
pupils dark moons, your sky-
blue eyes. You do not break
skin. I push my face into
your flank. I cannot resist you.
You murmur, one-syllable
seduction. Throw yourself
onto/into weave, stories,
oriental rug. Bare pink,
pink belly to night’s
rain-spangled
kiss.

Rachael Z. Ikins
Central New York Branch, NY

Poem of the Week–


All That’s Mine

It’s an ugly, ugly word
Alzheimer’s
It’s an alien, foreign word.
Difficult to say,
Difficult to spell,
Difficult to live
It ravages through brain cells like Nazi troops
Razing, burning, taking no prisoners.
It’s a terrifying word, a thunder jolt,
Jarring and scarring time
A lightning bolt zig-zagging across minds
Setting fire to tangled piles of dead dendrites
that smolder, turning all memories into smoke
Taking all that’s mine

Oh, give me a kinder word
Like dotage or a softer word like senility
Give me an old fashioned, fuddy-duddy word like forgetfulness
Or a new self-conscious word like senior moment
Or deceptive words like mild cognitive impairment
Maybe a funny group of words like
Off your rocker, lost your marbles even geezerhood
That’s a word that makes me smile- geezer
Better yet
I’ll take Shakespeare’s hand and walk across the stage of life
“Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything” into my second childhood
But speak not the ugly word, the hated word, the terminal, terrifying word of
Alzheimer’s.

Susan Bassler Pickford
Member at Large, ME

Poem and Art of the Week and a simple New Year’s wish

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Yosemite in Winter White, Meggie Raeder, Santa Clara Co., CA

Yosemite in Winter White, Meggie Raeder, Santa Clara Co., CA

There’s Always Tomorrow

Whenever bad things happen
Think about tomorrow.
Tomorrow is another day
And may erase your sorrow.
So wake up, get going
Forget a face that’s grim.
Exchange it for a smiling one
To hide the state you’re in.
If you smile at others
They’ll smile right back at you.
Suddenly your outlook
Won’t make you feel so blue.
Tomorrow is another day
New mornings offer hope.
Keep busy and productive
It doesn’t pay to mope.
No one said life’s perfect
Our plans often go astray,
Don’t give in to sadness
Tomorrow is another day.

Marlene Klotz
Boca Raton Branch, FL

Happy New Year to everyone. Many blessings for health and happiness for 2015. May 2015 be filled with music, art and meaningful words.

Treanor Baring
www.nlapw.org
Website Editor

Poem of the Week–December Delights II

December Delights II

Tonight,
a ride through our neighborhood
is filled with lights pulsating to music,
scintillating crazily,
outlining window frames,
roofs and doors,
a manic celebration,
full of high energy and intensity.

My favorites are still
the large tear-shaped
bulbs that glimmer mutely
red, yellow, blue green, white —
over-sized versions of the ones that decorated our tree
when I was young,
the ones that glowed softly
after I turned off all the lamps,
sat in the living room
filled with anticipation

Nancy Haskett
Modesto Branch, CA

Blessings to all of you for a safe holiday and may we always be mindful of the needs of others.–
Treanor Baring
Website Editor
Poetry Editor
NLAPW

Art of the Week–

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Idell Weiss Golden Gate-Marin Branch, CA

Idell Weiss
Golden Gate-Marin Branch, CA

Have a safe and healthy holiday season, everyone!

Poem of the Week–A Leave Taking

A Leave Taking

This is what I look forward to every year:
watching A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life with you—
our bodies like crescent rolls on the couch each on opposite ends,
our heads resting on pillows borrowed from our beds,
our feet touching under a shared afghan.

This year something was different—
I reached for your hand
but you withdrew it,
and some part inside of me imploded
like a flower wilting in time lapsed photography.
Your hand from mine took with it
all of our traditions and all we have been to each other,
causing me to file us away into some dark corner of a closet
where I keep cards, photographs, report cards, graduation announcements,
diplomas—
all the evidence of your life.

I never wanted to put your love there,
retire it to some dark recess,
even if only for the time needed
for you to place your hand in mine again.

by D. Marie Fitzgerald
Palm Springs Branch, CA

Pen Women Press News

Spirit, Peace and Joy 2nd edition is available. Take care of your last minute shopping with a click at our bookstore!
Please note: the deadline for members to submit poems for our literary press’s upcoming Poems of the Super Moon anthology is December 20, 2014.
Please send submissions to the Poetry Editor, Treanor Baring, at pwpoems@aol.com with Moon Poem in your subject line. Be sure to include your byline and branch on the page with the poem. For complete submissions guidelines click here to visit our Publications page. Book orders will pay for the printing, so please think about ordering several as gifts. To pre-order, click here to visit our Bookstore.

Art of the Week & Pen Women Press news

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The Sound of Cobalt Blue 7 Ellen H. Fagan Greenwich Branch, CT Tempera with acrylic

The Sound of Cobalt Blue 7
Ellen H. Fagan
Greenwich Branch, CT
Tempera with acrylic

The 2nd printing of our stunning poetry anthology, Spirit, Peace and Joy is now available

Spirit, Peace and Joy an anthology of poems by Pen Women

Spirit, Peace and Joy
an anthology of poems by Pen Women

Demand for this collection of uplifting poems was so high a second printing was ordered and has now been delivered to the Pen Arts building. Order now to fill this holiday season and the New Year with Spirit, Peace and Joy! We’re not Amazon, so we can’t promise a delivery schedule, but the administrative assistant to the NLAPW will rush this new printing out to you as fast as possible.

$10 plus shipping

Order now using our secure on line payment system:


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Pre-order our next publication now–Poems of the Super Moon

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Pre-order Poems of the Super Moon, the latest in the Pen Women Press’s collection of poetry by Pen Women. Our literary Press relies on sales to cover costs, so get your order in soon to help us get it to the printer.

Poem of the Week–At Miss Kitty’s Home for Wayward Girls

At Miss Kitty’s Home for Wayward Girls

In the aftermath of winter storms,
broken marriages, death, and a quest
for independence a group of women
various ages, hair colors etc. gathered before a fire
to roast marshmallow Easter candies called
Peeps. Creme brûlée on a fondue fork.

Good scouts that they were, creativity
& indoor fireplace saved dinner. A sudden rainstorm
soaked the plan to cook wieners over a bonfire
in the back yard. Every single woman lost a father
to heart disease when those fathers were fifty.
A strange, sad community.

But the elders, this tiny group of survivors,
delighted to shock younger, tales of sex,
older women & erotic experiences, LOL,
collect sex-toys, dream of lovers. One dreamer,
a poet. She read to them while embers, eyelids simmered
low. They slept with dogs, woke up, faced new
adventures. Next morning, poet noticed the fire.

Rekindled through night, ash-camouflaged coals.
Not unlike a metaphoric older woman; holds heat.
One candle continued to waver from mantelpiece after
they’d gone to bed, guarding all sleepers and travelers
through darkness with fragile
constant magic.

by Rachael Z. Ikins
Central New York Branch, NY

Note to NLAPW members: The deadline for submissions to the Pen Women Press Poems of the Super Moon anthology is now December 20, 2014. Poets will be officially notified of inclusion after the deadline. Address any enquiries and submissions to the Poetry Editor, Treanor Baring, at pwpoems@aol.com with the subject line Moon Poems. Be sure to include your name and branch (or MAL) on the page with the poem! For full submission guidelines, click here.