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Featured Writers and Poets
‘America at the Crossroads’ Back in the Spotlight
From The Pen Woman, Spring 2021
By Donna Puglisi
“America at the Crossroads,” written by JoAnna O’Keefe, couldn’t come at a better time. Her lyrics plead with Americans to come together in this time of crisis—and country music artist Michael Peterson recorded her plea for unity as a song.
The Incredible Audry Lynch and John Steinbeck Forever
From The Pen Woman, Summer 2019
By Luanna K. Leisure, Santa Clara County Branch
In May 2019, Audry Lynch Santa Clara County Branch member received the Delta Kappa Gamma Distinguished Service Award for Professional Service for her tireless work in the area of scholarly research on California author John Steinbeck. Her interest and fascination with Steinbeck began 50 years ago and continues today.
Mary Lou Taylor, Santa Clara County Branch, was honored as a featured reader for the 40th anniversary celebration of Poetry Center San Jose (PCSJ). She was recognized for her contributions to the center as well as esteemed as a poet extraordinaire.
Taylor began writing poetry when she was 8 years old, inspired by her father, who always read to her. When asked, after a moment of thought, she said, “It’s just in me to write.”