Branch News

Minnesota Branch Tour of Textile Center

Date: Thursday March 10, 2016
Place: Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE # 100,
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone ( 612) 436-0464

10:00am Workshop and,
Tour of the Center
“Shibori, Dyeing of silk scarves”

The Program:
“Making Silk Scarves”
A Hands-on Workshop at The Textile Center
The workshop starts at 10:00, so arrive slightly prior to that.
We will be making “shibori” scarves.The center has scheduled our
workshop until 1:00 pm, but it may not be quite that long.
Somewhere in that time, we get to explore their library, which looks
pretty interesting. Perhaps it is between drying times for the scarves.
1:00 pm: Lunch at nearby restaurant. We can have a business meeting
during our lunch. I picked this location since it is only 2 blocks away
and appears to be spacious, which should help us to be able to talk

Please RSVP to Gail at 763-449-8640 or email:

Pensacola Branch members awarded medals
Pictured-#1 Christine Salome on the right with Autry Dye
#2 Christine Salome on the right with Mara Viksnins
Autry Dye and Mara Viksnins were honored with certificate awards and bronze medals( Arts Category) from the Arts- Sciences- Lettres Society- (Societe Academique d’Encouragement et d’Education- Fondee en 1915-Paris, France.
Presenter Christine Salome (right) with medal winner Autry Dye

Presenter Christine Salome (right) with medal winner Autry Dye

Presenter Christine Salome (right) with medal winner Mara Viksnins

Presenter Christine Salome (right) with medal winner Mara Viksnins

We submitted applications including our resumes, artists statements and photos of our work. Jane Nowlin and Jackie Campbell also received bronze medals but were out of town for the presentation. We were invited to Paris for the awards
ceremony but we were unable to attend.
Thank you Christine Salome for helping to make this happen.
Christine is the American ambassador for the Society

Mara Viksnins
Pres. NLAPW- Pensacola, Fl. Branch

Delaware Scholastic Writing Awards

Region coordinators JoAnn Balingit, Betsy Greer (Diamond State Branch, DE) and Dianne Bauer (Holly Branch, DE.

Region coordinators JoAnn Balingit, Betsy Greer (Diamond State Branch, DE) and Dianne Bauer (Holly Branch, DE)

The Diamond State Branch is seeing continued success with their
sponsorship of the Delaware Writing Region of the Scholastic Awards.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honors them with part one of a two-part profile
featuring the affiliate as this month’s Regional Spotlight at

JoAnn Balingit
Diamond State Branch, DE

Boca Raton Branch, FL, Art Exhibit

Joni Sack and her work at Boca Raton Branch's Eclectic Collections Exhibit

Joni Sack and her work at Boca Raton Branch’s Eclectic Collections Exhibit

Eclectic Collections
Armory Center
West Palm Beach, FL.
Co-chaired by Joni Sack and Roberta Melman.
Exhibit remains open thru November 17, 2014

Tapestry for Peace

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This amazing work of art, 264 linear feet long and comprised of 66 linen panels expresses a message of “human civility and love, education, and the hope that this world will one day become a place in space for peace,” in the words of Marie Kriss, Denver Branch. Read about how this work was created, where it has been shown, and now, how it is in dire need of a permanent home by clicking here.

Recent Events

Diamond State, DE, Art Exhibit

Diamond State Branch, NLAPW, 2014 Branch Biennial Art Show
5714 Kennett Pike, Centreville, DE 19807
Hardcastle Galleries
Exhibit open to the public until October 22, 2104
Tuesday – Firday, 10AM to 5PM
Saturday, 10AM to 4PM

St. Louis Branch hosts Pulitzer prize nominated author

The St. Louis Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) will hold an open meeting from 9:30am to noon on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in the board room of the Kirkwood branch of Commerce Bank at 300 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Missouri.
Pulitzer Prize nominated author E.S. Abramson, the author of the Thursday’s Child (a collection of autobiographical nonfiction stories) and From Fat to Fabulous: A Diet Guide for Restaurant Lovers (the only FUN diet) series will give a mini-workshop on How to Write and Submit a Press Release. Mrs. Abramson’s books have been featured on television, the Internet, on the radio, and in major newspapers. She is the past president of the Missouri State Association of NLAPW.
Jeannine Dalhberg, a world traveler and the author of the five well-received self-published books – Riding the Tail of the Dragon, Candle in the Window, Oresund Bridge, Evil Web of Deceit, and Dreams & Shadows, will give a presentation on what it is like to be a self-published author.
Playwright and short story author and president of the St. Louis Branch of NLAPW Thelma Urich will talk about what it is like to be a Pen Woman. Mrs. Urich is a past president of the Missouri State Association of NLAPW and a former National New Letters Chair.
NLAPW is one of the oldest (began in 1897) and most prestigious organizations for art, letters, and music. NLAPW is headquartered in the historic Robert Todd Lincoln House in Washington, DC’s Embassy Row. NLAPW is on the internet at Competitions, gallery exhibits, and grants for creative individuals are posted online.
The St. Louis Branch of NLAPW began in 1926 and meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Commerce Bank in Kirkwood. For information on membership contact Thelma Urich at (314) 752-5210.

Santa Clara Branch art exhibit

On July 20, 2014. despite a blistering heat and the Saratoga Classic Car Show crowding the streets, this year’s juried exhibition of art created by members of the SAnta Clara Branch of the NLAPW, drew a great crowd. The Pen women awarded prizes to members whose work had been on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Saratoga during the month of July. This year’s winners were: Carolina Mueller- silk painting. Maralyn Miller – oil painting, Bonnie Stone-water color, and Tola Minkoff – sculpture. In all eighteen of our artistically talented members participated in this visual feast.
The day was topped off with wine, snacks and the renewal of old friendships. or the making of new
ones. Judging from the volume of laughter and chatter, the exhibition and reception were a resounding success. Our thanks go to Judy Bingman, our president and hostess, whose efforts made this wonderful event possible. Ursula Meier

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:

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:

For more info, contact:
Alexander Weinstein: Program Director
The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
Telephone: 954-242-2903

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 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:

Contact Numbers: 203-625-6591


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,

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

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
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

National League of
American Pen Women


JUNE 1 –28, 2013

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

259 E. Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT, 06830

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

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
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 for further information and visit

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,
Holly Branch, NLAPW Inc.

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.