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The 50th Biennial Is Around the Corner, April 29 – May 1

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

As Washington, D.C., continues to reopen and lift restrictions, the NLAPW Biennial Committee is planning for a full in-person Biennial and looking forward to gathering in person again. All health and safety precautions required by D.C. and The Darcy at that time will be implemented for the well-being of our members and guests.

We have many great speakers planned for our events. Friday and Sunday programs will take place at The Darcy, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW. The Biennial Music Awards and Program, a reception hosted by the Central New York and D.C. branches, and the Biennial Art Exhibit will take place Saturday at the Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th Street NW, a short walk from The Darcy. See the updated schedule of events on page 8.

Due to increased costs, the Biennial fees have risen slightly. (There will not be an increase for 2020 registered members who rolled their registration to April 2022.) We have tried to offer the most reasonable prices possible. The registration and catering fees represent the costs of events. If you did not roll over your 2020 registration, a Biennial Registration Form can be found on the opposite page.

We have added new sessions to the program schedule. Jamie Tate will lead a panel discussion titled “Turning Points,” along with art, letters, and music members. Members of the Central New York Branch will present “Ekphrastic Writing: How it Works and Why It Is Important for Visual Artists, Writers, and All the Arts.” National Art Chair Joan Applebaum will give a demonstration titled “Recharging Your Creativity with Alcohol Inks.” See below for the most current Biennial information, program, schedule, and downloadable registration form.

Winners of the 2019 and 2021 Vinnie Ream contests will be honored at the Vinnie Ream Banquet. Winners of the 2020 and 2022 Art, Letters, and Music Biennial Competitions will be honored at the Art Luncheon, Letters Luncheon, and Music Performance.

The Darcy has agreed to keep the same group guest-room rate of $178 plus taxes. If you’re interested in extending your time in D.C., the hotel has agreed to extend that rate to three days prior to and three days after the event, as long as space is available. To register, go to (the link will redirect to The Darcy page).

We look forward to seeing you April 29 – May 1 as we celebrate the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. 50th Biennial in D.C. Finally!



View the Virtual Show of 50th Biennial Art Competition Entries