50th Biennial Update


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

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There is important news to share about the NLAPW 50th Biennial, April 29-May 2, 2022.

As Washington, D.C., continues to reopen and lift restrictions, we are planning for a fully in-person Biennial and look forward to gathering together again. Any health and safety precautions required by D.C. and the hotel at that time will be implemented for the wellbeing of our members and guests.

The Biennial will take place at The Darcy, 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., and Pen Arts, our National Headquarters, within walking distance of The Darcy.

The NLAPW has negotiated a group guest-room rate of $178 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. (Go to bit.ly/2020biennial for the link.)

We have great speakers for our events. The Letters Chair has arranged for distinguished speakers for the Vinnie Ream Banquet and Letters Luncheon. Ann B. Friedman, founder and chair of the newest D.C. museum, Planet Word, is the keynote speaker at the Vinnie Ream Banquet. Karen Pastorello, national award-winning author and historian on women’s rights and suffrage, will speak at the Letters Luncheon.

The Music Performance and Awards Presentation will take place Saturday, April 30, at Pen Arts. The music reception will be co-hosted by the Central New York and D.C. branches. The Biennial Arts Exhibition will be showcased in the Pen Arts Gallery following the music program and reception.

A recently added writers workshop by Letters Chair Nancy Dafoe and Publications Chair Lucy Arnold will highlight the dramatic changes in publishing and technology that have occurred in recent years relating to manuscript preparation.

I look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our 50th Biennial and 125 years of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. Before or after our Biennial, visit D.C.’s historic buildings, museums, sculptures, art galleries, zoo, and award-winning restaurants.

As more details become available, they will be posted on this page.