Events

Summer Writing Workshop

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing is now open for registration and scholarship applications for our 2014 Summer Writing Program (July 13-18). A detailed description of the 2014 Summer Writing Program, along with registration and scholarship application information is available at our website: http://mvicw.com/

This year we have an amazing faculty line-up, including award-winning authors and poets, Amina Gautier, Marcus Wicker, Robert James Russell, and Keith Leonard.

Each summer, the institute invites published authors and poets, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with writers, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work. MVICW offers scholarships to help make the program a possibility for all writers. Comprehensive details about the program can be found at our website: http://mvicw.com/

For more info, contact:
Alexander Weinstein: Program Director
The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
Website: http://mvicw.com
Email: mvicwdirector@gmail.com
Telephone: 954-242-2903

Recent Events

Poetry in the Evening with the Greenwich Pen Women

April 22, 2014
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Greenwich Pen Women will present poetry readings and art from our newest publication of original works, Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shape Women.

This volume contains surprising poems.

Women, as expected, write about universal emotions and experiences. This book, however, includes a surprising number of political poems. Some of these outspoken verses are politically IN-correct.

Women from Maine to Hawaii who belong to the National League of American Pen Women submitted hundreds of poems. The NLAPW, founded in Washington D.C.in 1897, is the one of the oldest organizations for creative women in the United States. Members included Eleanor Roosevelt, Anya Seton, Florence Harding, Barbara Bush and Erma Bombeck.

The Greenwich Branch of the NLAPW, or Greenwich Pen Women, is 59 years old. One of the founding members, Evelyn Peterson who lives in Greenwich, still attends meetings.

Each poem went through several rounds of blind judging for substantial cash prizes and the honor of publication in this brilliant silk-bound book.

Greenwich Pen Women feature heavily in this volume. Art members of the branch donated charming line drawings for selected poems. Leigh Grant, who grew up in Greenwich on the Tomes-Higgins property and attended Greenwich Academy, won first prize. Her poem, “The Place That You Found,” won the hearts of the audience last October at the book launch party in her childhood home.

Readers are amazed to find their own stories in these poems. They ask, “How did this poet know ME?”

Come and let us amaze you.

Library: Greenwich Library
Location: Second Floor Meeting Room
Contact: Miguel Garcia-Colon or Deborah Weir: DebWeir42@gmail.com

Contact Numbers: 203-625-6591

Website: www.GreenwichPenWomen.org

VA Poet Laureate Keynote Speech
Virginia Writers Club Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet; Sofia Starnes, Poet Laureate of Virginia and NLAPW member, Keynote Speaker. November 2nd, Richmond, Virginia. For more information visit, www.virginiawritersclub.org

Greenwich Branch Book Launch
The Greenwich Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), has selected Monday, October 21st for its party launching a book of original poetry Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women’s Lives.
It will be held from 5:00 – 7:00PM at the lovely Tomes-Higgens House, located at 216 E Putnam Ave Greenwich, CT 06830. For more info contact Deborah Weir at debweir@verizon.net

Free Framing Workshop
Thursday, October 24, 2013
4-6 pm
Multi Purpose Room B
Dover Public Library
36 Lookerman Plaza Dover DE
Presented by the Holly Branch, NLAPW
contact Joyce Hammond Lewis 302-632-9680
myfavjoyce@gmail.com
For all ages

Exhibit Opening and Reception

Elizabeth Vazquez, Collage, Resurgence, 22”w x 18”h framed

Elizabeth Vazquez, Collage,
Resurgence, 22”w x 18”h framed

CT PIONEER BRANCH
National League of
American Pen Women
INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

“SPRING INTO SUMMER”
EXHIBITION OF ART, MUSIC, & WRITING

JUNE 1 –28, 2013

Reception & Performances:
Thursday, June 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

YWCA GERTRUDE WHITE GALLERY
259 E. Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT, 06830

Concert at Pen Arts

June 15, 2013
7 PM

Compositions by Wang An Ming

Composer An Ming Wang

Composer An Ming Wang

Featuring Soprano Monica Harwood, Oboist Yeon Jee Sohn, and pianist Andrew Kraus.
Admission Free
1300 17th Street, NW D.C.

Wang An Ming, composer, born in Shanghai, China, has compositional works which include keyboard, vocal, instrumental, chamber ensemble, choral, operatic and orchestral compositions. Her works have been performed throughout the United States as well as in the Ukraine, China, Taiwan, Japan and Canada. Her opera, Lan Ying, was performed at the Kennedy Center and received critical acclaim from Joseph McClellan of the Washington Post.

Oboist Yeon Jee Sohn

Oboist Yeon Jee Sohn

Yeon Jee Sohn, oboist, was hailed by the Washington Asia Press for her “perfectly delivered” performance, and has performed for musical theater productions at such prestigious venues as the Hippodrome Theater, the Lyric Opera House, the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and the Signature Theater. She has won many prestigious awards and competitions and played with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Seoul Symphony Orchestra and Puchun Symphony.

Soprano Monica Harwood

Soprano Monica Harwood

Monica Harwood, soprano, has performed as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, and Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She directs two children’s choirs and a musical theater ensemble at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic School in Bethesda, Md. And is choir director for the Poolesville Presbyterian Church.

Pianist Andrew Kraus

Pianist Andrew Kraus

Andrew Kraus, pianist, has been called “the pianist who listens” by Robert Dick, flutist, composer and inventor of the Glissando Headjoint. The Greenbelt Patch says of Mr. Kraus, “Whether playing blues, German lieder, harpsichord or Gilbert and Sullivan, Maestro Kraus was a complete master”. Mr. Kraus has performed as a soloist across the U.S., Europe and Asia in recital. He is also recognized for his collaboration with singers and instrumentalists in the Washington, D.C. area.

Holly Branch, NLAPW, Inc., Young People’s Scholarship Presentation Ceremony
April 14, 2013
2-4 PM
Dover Public Library
35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE 19901
Award presentation to young people in Art, Creative Writing and Music

Concert at Pen Arts Building
April 20, 2013
7 PM
Pen Arts Building
1300 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-1997 for more info
Admission Free

Violinist Sonya Hayes

Violinist Sonya Hayes

Sonya Hayes, an established local artist as solo and ensemble
violinist will be giving a classical violin concert of some of her recent performance pieces
accompanied by Frank Conlon.

NLAPW Webinars

Available recorded: Dr. Bernice Reid: An Intimate Portrait As Seen Through The Eyes of a Portrait Artist
Dr. Bernice Reid is an Art, Letters & Music Member At Large
January 22, 2013
Click here for more information.

Solo Exhibit
Layers of Color
A solo show of abstract oil paintings
Suzanne M. Packer
March 20- April 20, 2013
Galleries at Cape Cod Chat House
593 RT 6A, Dennis, MA
Reception Saturday, March 23, 6:30-8:00 pm
White Line Demo
Saturday, April 13, 2-4 PM
Suzanne will give a free demo on the art of making a white line wood block print.

Chamber Music Concert
April 7, 2013
1 PM
San Jose Women’s Club
75 South 11th Street
San Jose, CA
Featuring the compositions of NLAPW member Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Admission: $15

Greenwich Art Opening
April 1, 2013
Reception, April 4, 6-8 PM

Margaret Esme Simon (left) and Barbara O'Shea, organizers-in-chief of the upcoming art exhibit at the University of Connecticut, Stamford.

Margaret Esme Simon (left) and Barbara O’Shea, organizers-in-chief of the upcoming art exhibit at the University of Connecticut, Stamford.

“Reaching New Heights” an exhibit of artworks by Greenwich Pen Women artists opens on April 1st at the University of Connecticut Gallery, One University Place in Stamford. The show will continue through May 2nd. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 4th from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition is being organized by Margaret Esme Simon and Barbara O’Shea, Greenwich Pen Women Art Committee co-chairs, and is being curated by Tatiana Mori of the Greenwich Arts Council.

Artful Extravaganza, Boca Raton Branch, FL
National League of American Pen Women
Artful Extravaganza
ART – BOOKS – MUSIC FAIR
Saturday, February 2, 2013
11 am – 4 pm
South County Civic Center
16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach (Directly across from Morikami Museum)

~ Featuring 40 Vendors ~
Art, Books, Music, Photography, Jewelry, Crafts

ADMISSION: $2.00 per person ~~ STUDENTS with proper ID admitted FREE!
Ticket includes drawing for 7-day Caribbean Cruise – 3pm – must be present.
Vendor tables: $50.00 Contact bocapenwomen@aol.com for further information and visit www.bocapenwomen.org

NLAPW Holly Branch Art Exhibit, Dover, DE
“It’s a Wonderful Life” juried art exhibit, December 2, 2012 through January 23, 2013,
Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village
866 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE
South Gallery
For more information contact Joyce Hammond Lewis,
President,
Holly Branch, NLAPW Inc.
HollyBranchNLAPW@gmail.com

Member Art Exhibit, Parkland, FL
Art Exhibit, Parkland Library, 6620 University Drive, Parkland, FL 33067
Artist: joni sack
Name of exhibition: Panache Two
Technique: Oil and acrylic
Date: On view January 2-28
Hours: M -Thur 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
F and Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Reception: January 5 from 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Free Admission

joni sack is an award winning self-taught artist with a natural eye for color and
composition. She is a member of the Boca Raton Branch of the National League
of American Pen Women and exhibits widely throughout South Florida.

Book Signing by D.C. member Patricia Daly-Lipe
Saturday, December 8th 1:00-3:00 pm, Old Town Gift Co. features Patricia Daly-Lipe, author of La Jolla, A celebration of its Past . Old Town Gift Co. is at 2754 Calhoun St., San Diego CA 92110.

Dulcimer Concert at Pen Arts Building
Karen Ashbrook built her first dulcimer in 1976 and wrote the first book for intermediate/advanced dulcimer playing in the U.S. called Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition on Oak Publications.
She has performed widely in the U.S. and in Europe, having just returned from a tour in Belgium. She has several recordings both solo and with the group, Ceoltori, on the Maggie’s Music label. She has performed locally at the Smithsonian Institution, at the National Geographic Society, at the White House for President Clinton and at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage. She performed at the Pen
Arts Building for the NLAPW on October 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM with a reception following.
This event was free and open to the public. The Pen Arts Building is located at the corner of 17th and N Streets, NW, Washington, DC. Metro stations: Dupont Circle, Farragut West, Farragut North. Parking is available in the neighborhood.