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Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.

Landscape photo by Libby Collins
Photo by Libby Collins

 

TO MY SISTER by William Wordsworth

IT is the first mild day of March:
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
That stands beside our door.

There is a blessing in the air,
Which seems a sense of joy to yield
To the bare trees, and mountains bare,
And grass in the green field.

Then come, my Sister! come, I pray,
With speed put on your woodland dress;
And bring no book: for this one day
We’ll give to idleness.

Note from our President:


March comes in like a lion, and Greenwich Pen Women are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with a roar. This is a long president’s letter, but please read through to the end because there’s a lot going on in our very busy branch. 

100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage project - We held a brainstorming meeting on possible subjects for the NLAPW quarterly newsletter on Wednesday, February 19. Our branch has been asked to organize this. We’ve sent our suggestions to National and they will send a Constant Contact email to all branches nationwide soliciting submissions for the project. National is very enthusiastic about dedicating a Quarterly NLAPW magazine and possibly a book to the Suffragette Movement, women's rights, and the 19th Amendment. They have even named two liaisons to our branch. The national board needs to be reelected for a final okay to be given.

If you haven’t already voted in the NLAPW election, PLEASE VOTE! Put your ballot inside a blank envelope with no identification on it or the ballot. Put the blank envelope inside a regular envelope and send it to National. It would help us to "get this show on the road."

Letters

The next LETTERS meeting will be Friday, March 6 at the Second Congregational Church from 10 AM - noon. Enter from North Maple Ave.

Arts

The next ART critique will be Wednesday, March 11 from 1 - 3 PM at the Cos Cob library.

Pop-up Excursions:

Deb Weir organized a trip to Coventry on February 3 to spend the day with David Hayes, son of the sculptor by the same name. Participants in the sculpture tour led by David, also our publisher for the poetry book, included Andy Rogers, Barbara Ehrentreu, Leigh Grant, Ellen Fagan, and Deb Weir. Hayes was a pupil of David Smith and the sight of a huge fields in Coventry surrounded by large metal monoliths, mobiles and totems was truly inspiring.

Greenwich Pen Women visited the exhibit, “An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial,” at Greenwich Historical Society. The exhibit curator and the museum operational director gave us a private tour. An excellent exhibit, inspiring and informative, with so many people in Connecticut and Greenwich involved. The exhibit asks people to vote for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment by putting a chit in containers for yes or no. Roughly 30-40 chits appeared in the yes container, 2 chits and a dollar bill in the no container. The exhibit runs through September. 

Front row (L-R): Andy Rogers, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Diane Morello. Back row (L-R): Lee Paine, Catherine Stahl, 
Lynn Garelick, Mirella Hajjar, Barbara Ehrentreu, Anita Keire, Leigh Grant, and Kathryn Shorts.Front row (L-R): Andy Rogers, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Diane Morello. Back row (L-R): Lee Paine, Catherine Stahl,
Lynn Garelick, Mirella Hajjar, Barbara Ehrentreu, Anita Keire, Leigh Grant, and Kathryn Shorts.

A group of GPW members went on pop-up excursion to an art opening at Ellen Fagan's gallery, ODETTA, located at 64 A 127th Street. It was the first time GPW members have gone as a group to visit her gallery. Afterwards, members went for coffee at Harlem restaurant.

Trip to ODETTATop photo from left to right: Andy Rogers, Diane Morello, Leigh Grant, Ellen Hackl Fagan (owner), Tayo Heuser (artist), Deborah Weir, Barbara Ehrentreu, Karen Heffner, and Connie Stancell at the exhibition at ODETTA gallery.
Lower right photo: Artist Tayo Heuser describes her conceptual development in her art practice to our group at ODETTA, Harlem, NYC

UPCOMING EVENTS – Save These Dates

Greenwich Pen Women and Perrot Library Book Discussion: Monday, March 16 at 7 PM - Diane Morello will be leading a discussion of Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me (Snow Date: April 6). Meet Adam, an artificially intelligent entity, bought for amusement by Charlie, a coaster, and used as a lure for Charlie’s crush, Miranda, a liar. Extremely intelligent, Adam does not understand the irrational thinking and ethical shortcuts of human beings. Author Ian McEwan plots this intriguing tale on an alternative timeline in which Alan Turing, the computer genius who introduced AI, did not commit suicide in 1954 and is instead alive in 1982 to witness the collision between humans by birth and humans by programming.

Greenwich Pen Women’s Open Mic Night: Tuesday, March 31, at 7 PM, Cos Cob Library Share your original work, your voice and your inspiration at Open Mic Night led by Greenwich Pen Women at Cos Cob Library. Special applause for original work — writing, poetry, art, music — honoring the centennial of women's constitutional right to vote. Sign up for a five-minute slot just before the event. We need clock watchers, greeters and Greenwich Pen Women recruiters. Co-sponsored by Greenwich Pen Women and Friends of Cos Cob Library. Questions? Contact Diane Morello at dkmorello@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 29 at 7 PM, Cos Cob Library -- Guest speaker Dr. Jan Yager walks us through her book, How to Self-Publish Your Book: A Complete Guide to Writing, Editing, Marketing and Selling Your Own Book. This interactive workshop will cover writing and preparing material for self-publication; choosing ebook, audiobook, print or all three; promoting and timing our work; and creating a platform for ourselves and our work. We all have a book inside us or know someone who does. Come meet writers and creatives in the community and help us widen the reach and membership roster of Greenwich Pen Women. Questions? Contact Diane Morello at dkmorello@gmail.com.

self publish graphic

Monday, May 11 from 5 - 7 PM Spring Annual Meeting, Arlene Mark's house -- Meet friends, welcome prospects, invite people who will benefit from Greenwich Pen Women. Especially important, Sarah Darer Littman will hand over the gavel to our new president, Lee Paine, and to new board members. Members plan to bring appetizers, light bites, snacks and white wine to the meeting.

Wednesday, August 26, time TBA - Monumental Women Installation, NYC, Central Park. On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of US 19th constitutional amendment, Monumental Women — as discussed by Coline Jenkins — installs a statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth. Ellen Hackl Fagan invites members to a reception afterward at her gallery in Harlem.

~ ~ Sarah and Leigh

GPW President Sarah Darer Littman


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