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Latest News and Upcoming Events

Poetry in the Schools Webinar
Our Pen Women OnLine Webinar held Tuesday, November 18: Students Soar Higher Through Poetry is now available for pre-recorded download. This webinar brings together four of the Poetry in the Schools Program original creators to share the inspiring story of a dream turned into action. Watch at-risk students’ creativity come alive through poetry and gain specific knowledge of the curriculum’s implementation and lesson plans. A must-see for all arts educators and supporters! Click here for more info and to register.

Call for Submissions
Visit our Publications page for calls for submissions for two of our upcoming literary and little press publications.

Intellectual Property for Creatives Webinar
The webinar Pen Women OnLine interactive webinar: Intellectual Property for Creatives is now available pre-recorded. IP Attorney and Pikes Peak Pen Woman Brenda Speer will share her valuable knowledge on how to protect creative work and answer specific questions from participants. Click here to find out more. This webinar can also be viewed recorded after September 23.

Call for Presenters at Pikes Peak Writers Conference
From the Pikes Peak Writers Conference Programming Director:
2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference–the adventure is beginning!
Are you an Author? An Agent? An Editor? Do you have special skills that aspiring writers want to learn about? If so, Pikes Peak Writers invites you to submit workshop proposals for the 23rd Annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference to be held April 24-26, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
We are looking for faculty members who are dynamic presenters with the ability to lead informative and entertaining workshops, as well as engage our attendees on all writing-related topics. Craft. Business. Genre. Reality/How-to. The Writing Life. And so much more. Our attendees come from all backgrounds and experience levels so we are seeking workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced writers.
Come and experience first-hand why the Pikes Peak Writers Conference has been named one of the friendliest conferences in the United States. Submit your proposals at the Pikes Peak Writers Workshop Proposal Portal now! The portal is open year round, but if you wish to be considered for the 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, please submit your workshops by October 31st, 2014.
Before submitting your proposal, we highly recommend you visit Proposing A Workshop for more details about exactly what we’re looking for.
If you have any questions about conference faculty or programming, please contact Jason Henry at

The Visual Language of Dance Program and Reception

Laurene Walker founding director of Namyanka Performing Arts Training Center

Laurene Walker
founding director of Namyanka Performing Arts Training Center

Saturday, October 18, 2014
7:30 PM
Pen Arts Building
1300 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-1997 for more info
Admission Free
All Welcome

The NLAPW is honored to have presented Dr. Laurene Walker, Founder and Director, Namyanka Performing Arts Training Center, Baltimore, MD, for an evening of music and dance and a reception following the program. “Dance is a universal language. We don’t have to know the language to
understand it. Words, music and dance are a powerful combination. The
program will demonstrate the Dunham Technique, which combines modern, African and ballet, and show how the dancer brings the written word to life through movement.” (Laurene Walker)

The Pen Arts Building is located at the corner of 17th and N Streets, NW Washington, DC. Metro: Dupont Circle, Farragut West or Farragut North. On street or paid garage parking is available in the neighborhood.

New Letters Credentials Officer, Nancy Jurka

Nancy Jurka will be receiving and processing all Letters Applications for the 2014-2016 Administration beginning July 15, 2014. She is an award winning published author, educator, photographer, and a poetry and children’s writing judge. Her stories, articles, and poems have appeared in several publications. Nancy is a letters member of the Pikes Peak Branch. Send letters applications to: Nancy Jurka, P.O. Box 1276, Palmer Lake, CO 80133. Email:

2014 NLAPW Board of Directors Elections
For the election results, including bylaws revisions, click here.

Spring 2014 issue of the Pen Woman Magazine
The Spring 2014 issue of the Pen Woman Magazine is now available for purchase. This issue includes new Poetry, a profile of Mississippi Delta artist Jamie Tate, what’s happening in our branches and features on creativity and more.

The Pen Woman magazine Spring 2014

The Pen Woman magazine Spring 2014

Type of subscription
Name and Address

To purchase multiple copies of any issue, add to cart and adjust number on the payment screen. Pricing will adjust accordingly. Past issues may also be ordered; please add a note on the date of the issue when you order.

Pen Women OnLine Webinar
Click here to find out about our online learning courses and register to view “Spreadsheets 101: Left-Brain Skills for Right Brain Thinkers” held on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014, or any of our pre-recorded webinars.

2014-16 Board of Directors Elections
Click here for our 2014 Elections page to download a ballot for the Board of Directors and for amendments to the bylaws.

Spirit, Joy and Peace
Our latest publication of poetry by Pen Women has gone to press, Spirit, Peace and Joy: a poetry anthology by Pen Women. Visit our Pen Women Press page for details.

Grants and Scholarships
The NLAPW awards several major grants and scholarships to non-members in Art, Letters and Music every two years as part of our mission. Learn if you qualify and how to apply by clicking here.

Order Greenwich Branch Poetry Anthology
The Greenwich Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) book of original poetry Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women’s Lives is available for purchase: Click here for link to the Greenwich Branch site.

Event History

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.

Find Your Voice Webinar
For more info and to register, visit our Pen Women OnLine page.

Free Webinar
Christina Laurie, NLAPW 3rd Vice President, Cape Cod writer, and a Pen Woman for 48 years, offers a free webinar on how to build your branch and attract new members. Click here for more info.

NLAPW Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for Mature Women
Call for submissions for Art, Letters and Music grants for non-member women age 35+. Click here for details on how to apply.

On Line Photography Contest Winners and Gallery
Click here to see the works accepted into the On Line Photography Gallery. Congratulations to our award winners!

Sandy Book Drive
After seeing the plea for books on our website, Member-at-Large Jaonne Foster, a journalist from Charlottesville, VA, wrote a piece for the Jefferson Madison Regional Library newsletter seeking donations. Hong Yao, our contact from the Queens Library system in New York, reports that many books were received. Many libraries are not ready to receive more books yet, and so our call for donations to the Queens libraries is now on hold until more libraries are rebuilt and ready to process more donations. We are still in contact with libraries in need, and are working on helping libraries across the country affected by natural disaster, such as in Moore, OK.

Library budgets are being slashed everywhere, and so the need for cash donations to help communities maintain these resources will not end soon. Donate directly to your local library, or
click on the Donate Now button to donate any amount, no matter how small, to help libraries maintain their collections. Please add a note to your donation specifying “Sandy Book Drive,” and all donations marked this way will go directly to libraries we’re working with. Thank you to the Publications Committee and Katie Witek, Nat’l Letters Chair, and Atlanta author Renea Winchester, for their work on this!

NLAPW blog
Because so much is going on in our organization, we have a blog you can follow to keep up to date with events, contests, outreach activities, and free Poem of the Week and Art of the Week features. Click here to read the latest entry. Enter your email address in the box on the right to follow our, or go to Poem of the Week page to subscribe only to the poetry, or Art of the Week for a beautiful image every week.

Pennies for Pen Arts
Do you like competitions? An old fund raiser, “Pennies for Pen Arts”, has been revived and is called “Cash for Creativity.” Chaired by Judy Woods-Knight of Tacoma, WA, branch, a member of the newly established fund raising committee, the challenge is for each branch at each meeting to collect “cash” for a donation to the Endowment Fund, which supports the Pen Arts building and its special programs. Each month after the branch meeting, a check should be sent by the treasurer (or whoever collects the donations) to National (1300 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC). Please put CEF in notation line of check. The winning branch will be recognized at the 2014 biennial in Atlanta!

The fund raising committee was established at the June 2012 board meeting to help alleviate our deficit. Christina Laurie of the Cape Cod, MA, branch is chairman.

Our new brochure is in stock! Click here for a preview and how to order.

2012 Cape Cod Branch Haiku Contest Results! Click here to read the winning haiku and judge’s comments.

Autumn 2012 On Line Art Competition for Members, Winners announced. Click here to see our gallery of our latest juried contest. Congratulations to the women artists of the NLAPW!

Bethesda Design Web awarded Outstanding Achievement in Nonprofit Web Design and Development by the Interactive Media Awards (TM) for our website!! Click here to read more.

For the most recent information on the biennial business meeting, donation needs, kudos and ways we are partnering, see our News Page. For a photo sampling of the music, letters and art events from the 2012 Branching Out Biennial, see our Biennial Photo Gallery page.

Member Galleries

Our Art Gallery now includes beautiful new work by members from across the country. Special thanks to the Golden-Gate Marin Branch, CA for their submissions. See our Music Gallery for new profiles of music members. For information on how to submit work for our art, letters and music galleries, please see our Gallery page.

Online Photo Contest
Photo Contest Awards Results:
Honorable mentions:
Bok Joy, Valerie Lecklikner, Ft. Lauderdale
Garden Visitor, Carolyn Seabolt, Carroll MD
Museum Downtime, Carol Dixon, Connecticut Pioneer

3rd Place
Pink Pearl, Valerie Lecklikner, Ft. Lauderdale

2nd Place
The Road Less Traveled, Leonor Anthony, Coral Gables

1st Place
Golden Skies, Valerie Lecklikner, Ft. Lauderdale

The gallery is being constructed by the Web Editor and will be up on the website soon. Check back to see this beautiful exhibit!

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.

Bylaws Updates

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws, approved by the National Executive Board, were approved by the membership at the business meeting of the NLAPW Biennial Convention, April, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Changes include remaning the National Executive Board to Board of Directors. The Board of Directors elected positions are now streamlined with a majority elected by the membership, the remainder by the Board of Directors.
Standing committees have been reorganized to emphasize the three classifications of membership. Art, Letters, and Music will each evaluate credentials, plan and execute outreach programming, instructional workshops and showcases for members’ creative work and conduct competitions for awards. These three committees will recommend policies and procedures guiding their classification.
Future amendments to the bylaws will be by a process involving submission by any member followed by debate at the branch level. The ballot sent to every member in good standing for election of officers will include the proposed amendments.
To read the Bylaws as amended, click here. To read the Standing Rules, click here.

Donation for Computer Repair Recieved

Many of you may have heard that the iMac Computer in the National Headquarters suffered a technical meltdown and needed to be repaired. THANK YOU to our generation members who donated to this cause. This cost has now been covered, and the computer is restored.

2012-2014 Board of Directors Elected and Installed

NLAPW welcomes the new Board of Directors and Committee Chairs for the 2012-2014 term. See our Board of Directors page for names of the new officers, and the Elections page for bios. To contact any officer, please email with the name or position of the officer in the subject line.

2012 Music Awards Announced

Candace Long wins 1st Place, $1,000 for Tsunami, her electronic piece with poetry by Frances Patton Statham. For all winners and links to music, click here.

2012 Biennial Art Exhibit Awards

Jamie Tate, National Art Chair, announces the award winners in NLAPW’s national juried art show, on exhibit at the Sumner Museum, 1201 17th St. NW, DC, until May 31, 2012. Congratulations to Soon Y. Warren for best in show for “Baby’s Breath Sprinkle.” For a complete list of awards, click here.

2012 Biennial Letters Awards

Congratulations to the poetry and prose winners of the 2012 Biennial Letters prizes. For the list of awards, prizes and winners, click here.

Pensacola Branch Video up on NLAPW YouTube

What is being a Pen Woman all about? The Pensacola Branch, FL, has created a slide-show of the ways NLAPW brings creative women together. The video shows art exhibits, creative inspiration, music programs and a children’s clothesline exhibit sponsored by the branch. More reasons to join us, wherever you live. Watch now.

NLAPW Partners with Women in History Project

Washington, D.C. January, 2012
The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. has partnered with the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) to “affirm the value of knowing women’s history, illuminate the role of women in transforming society and encourage all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about the future of women.” The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history. NWHM is a 501(c)(3) organization. NLAPW’s outreach committee is exploring options for programs and projects which may be of service to the museum. Please contact Anna DiBella, outreach chair, for more information.

Freedoms Foundation National Award

Anne Hoiberg, La Jolla Branch, CA, will be the recipient of a Freedoms Foundation National Award for her excellent article, Women’s Struggle for the Right to Vote which appeared in the Union Tribune. She was also inducted into the The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame in January. Click here to read the article.