Check out the highlights from the 49th Biennial in Des Moines

Did you miss this year’s Biennial in Des Moines? Pensacola, Florida, Pen Woman Anne Baehr captured the best moments in a video. See what you missed!


  1. Beautiful job. I so appreciated seeing Joanna O’Keefe (and her support team:Jack) honored for that beautiful poem-turned-song. We miss her at NLAPW Treasure Coast events in Florida. “America at the Crossroads” should be considered for recognition as an equal national anthem!

  2. Super video! Wish I could have been there. Thank you for all the hard work that went into this conference.
    Best wishes to all. Carol White, Boca Raton Branch

  3. Anne,
    Brought me to tears to relive the Biennial. What a beautiful and meaningful video you and your team created Jack and I treasure having this recorded moment of President Virginia Campbell presenting me with the 1st Prestigious President’s award for my work as a poet, especially for my song, “America at the Crossroads,” which is dedicated to the American people. I was surprised beyond belief. I feel humbled and I feel honored. I have immense gratitude to Pen Women for their friendship, encouragement, and support. It is exhilarating, inspiring, and fun to be with such talented women. Thank you Laura Walth and the Iowa Branch for hosting this spectacular event.

  4. Thanks for the wonderful video!

  5. Dorothy Kamm says

    This is a fabulous video highlighting very talented women and a wonderful Biennial! I shared this on my Facebook feed.

  6. Anne,
    Brava!!! This is a spectacular overview of our Biennial!! Thank you for putting all of this together. I hope many, many more of our members will be inspired to attend the next Biennial, (our 50th!) in 2020. It is the best time to really see what our organization is all about.

  7. Wonderful! Everyone did a spectacular job putting this video together. I do hope members after watching this video will consider attending our next Biennial. My favorite part was the surprise visit by Eleanor Roosevelt!

    I also must say vainly that Pen Women are a very attractive group.

    My Best to everyone.

  8. Sara Etgen-Baker says

    lovely! I appreciate seeing this video…made my day!