Welcome to the home of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of professional women in arts, letters, and music that was founded in 1897.

The mission of the National League of American Pen Women is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts.



Proposals are being accepted for workshops at the 2020 Biennial in Washington, D.C. Members are invited to submit their ideas for panels or individual presentations. Deadline is September 30.

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NLAPW Raises More than 75% to Date for $25,000 Matching Grant

The McGrath Family Trust made a $25,000 matching donation to NLAPW in honor of Angeline Nanni, the last remaining member of World War II and Cold War era code breakers, on the occasion of her 100th birthday. The McGrath family feels the League deserves the funds because it broke barriers in its founding and continues in that tradition today. 

Click to learn more about how to donate and how the funds will be spent

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Come See Us During First Fridays Art Walk

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The Pen Arts Gallery has been selected to participate in the Dupont Circle Art Walk!

Every First Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m., join us for live musical performances by local artists, refreshments, and mingling with other art lovers. View and buy art created from the 1900s to today by Pen Women and D.C. artists.

Follow @penartsDC on Instagram for more details!


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