biennial logo50th Biennial Postponed Until April 29 – May 2, 2022


By Sheila M. Byrnes, Biennial Chair and National First Vice President

These are unprecedented times. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NLAPW 50th Biennial has been postponed three times — April 2020, June 2020, and April 2021. Recently there has been positive news on COVID-19 treatments, vaccine testing, and FDA approval of three vaccines. Many of us have received one or two injections, but not enough to make travel and indoor gatherings safe.

The hotels in Washington, D.C., are currently allowed to operate at 25 percent. The museums are closed. The National Cherry Blossom Festival will include both virtual and personal elements while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone involved. This is not the time to hold our Biennial.

The new date for the 50th NLAPW Biennial is April 29 – May 2, 2022, to take place at The Darcy, 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. A venue was selected within walking distance of Pen Arts, our National Headquarters. Washington is the perfect place to hold the event as we celebrate our 50th Biennial.

The NLAPW has negotiated a group room-rate for the event. If you are interested in extending your time in D.C., The Darcy has agreed to extend our group room-rate to three days prior to and three days after the Biennial, as long as space is available.
Guests can call (202) 232-7000 and reference the NLAPW room block to secure the group rate to reserve rooms. There will be additional information and a link to The Darcy’s website on our website. As we go to press the NLAPW link to The Darcy’s website has not been created.

We will have great speakers for our events. The Biennial Art Exhibit will take place at the Pen Arts Gallery. Saturday, April 30, the music awards and concert with a tea reception, co-hosted by the Central New York and D.C. branches, will take place at Pen Arts.

For the most current Biennial information, program schedule, link to hotel registration (when available), and downloadable registration form, check this page.

I look forward to seeing you as we celebrate the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. 50th Biennial in D.C.!


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