120th Anniversary of the NLAPW

In 2017 the National League of American Pen Women

Celebrated 120 Years

Supporting Women in the Arts

A great celebration on June 24, 2017

at the historic Pen Arts Building and Art Museum

in Washington, D.C.

Grace Reid, NLAPW-DC Branch President brings this report:

Dear Pen Women and Creative Women,

It was an honor to attend The National League of American Pen Women 120th Anniversary Celebration at the Pen Arts Building and Art Museum on June 24th.

Author Leanna Leisure, guest, and Virginia Franklin Campbell, NLAPW President

Our National President of the NLAPW, Virginia Franklin Campbell, did a fantastic job organizing such a special and unique event.  The musicians, speakers, writers, and artists were of the highest caliber.

Personally, it was a blessing to see women whom I’ve haven’t seen for years.  It was so good to reconnect with them again!

My teenage children accompanied me, which was wonderful.  It inspired them to continue to write and to create.

I am so proud of our DC Branch Pen Women who contributed to our celebration:  Susan Eads-Role, Wanda Sims, Dr. Patricia Daly-Lipe, Lynne Eve Grossman, and our newest member and descendant of Vinnie Ream, Lee Bowers.

Juliana, the NLAPW receptionist also did a stellar job.

All in all, I am so glad I didn’t miss this special, once in a lifetime event.

My hopes are that you can come to our NLAPW Biennial next April in Iowa.  (Yes, Iowa)  I plan on going and playing Jazz with my saxophonist friend/Pen Woman, Judy Bingman, from the Santa Clara, CA Branch.

My other hope is that you will keep creating and growing in the arts, and contribute your talents and skills to our organization as we reach out to our communities.



Grace Reid
NLAPW-DC Branch President



Marian, Laura Walth, 2018 Biennial Chair, and Natalie

Marian Wilson Kimber


Leanna Leisure at Pen Arts

Natalie Landowski at piano


















Verne and Virginia Campbell with Teresa and John Dodds

“Aleppo: History, Culture, Food”
Presented by Dr. Teresa Dodds (Letters)


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Carrie Jacobs Bond, Early American composer

“Uncredited and Unfair”

Presented by Dr. John H. Dodds
Intellectual Property Attorney

A video performance of “A Perfect Day”
by Carrie Jacobs Bond (Music)
Composer and Lyricist
will be shown.



The rise of Pen Women, 1897

The first meeting of The League of American Pen Women was organized by Marian Longfellow O’Donoghue (yes, Henry’s niece), who wrote for newspapers in Washington D.C. and Boston. She invited fellow journalists Margaret Sullivan Burke and Anna Sanborn Hamilton to join her in establishing a “progressive press union” for the female writers of Washington.

“The Dauntless Three“ brought together seventeen women: writers, novelists, newspaper women, a teacher, a poet and an artist. Read more…