Current Member News
ANNOUNCEMENT OF POETRY GROUP LAUNCH, 4/21/21 at 2 PM!
On Wednesday, April 21st at 2 PM, Barbara Ehrentreu will launch the first virtual meeting of the GPW Poetry Group, a new opportunity for members who want to share original poetry, explore each other’s work and learn to use new forms. It will be a kind of proving ground for aspiring poets, where there is no judgment, only support and encouragement.
A subset of Letters, this group will be open to members from all disciplines. It is hoped that eventually this group will work with the two other disciplines to create interdisciplinary programs.
If interested in joining, please send an email to Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Zoom invitation. If you want to read your poem at the meeting, please be ready to share your screen during the meeting.
Three GPW have had their works juried into the “Spring 2021” art exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center. Maria C. Friscia’s oil paintings Trees Among the Valley and Serenity, Dana Goodfellow’s acrylic Southhampton Sea, and Margaret Esmé Simon’s pastel portraits Ella and Stanley will all be on view until April 10. Gallery hours are: Tues – Fri noon – 5 PM, Sat 10 AM – 1PM. The gallery is located at 145 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk.
Both Maria C. Friscia and Doris Mady have had their paintings juried in the online exhibition, “Spring 2021”, at the Stamford Art Association. Maria’s painting is called Fiori dal Mio Giardino and Doris’ is Seven Flowers. The show runs until April 24. Online, only.
Stasha Healy is thrilled to announce the March 15 release of her first book, Secret Connecticut: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Stasha spent the summer hunting for stories and came up with 84 surprising bits of information such as the CT residents who were president before George Washington, flew before the Wright brothers, and inspired the character Indiana Jones; where you can go on safari or race a chariot; how we ended withAmerica’s smallest Native American reservation; and where Martin Luther King, Jr. spent two formative summers. Learn more https://stashamillshealy.com/secret-connecticut/.
Arlene Mark’s fiction “Big News, Little News” was featured in the March 2021 issue of Highlights for Children.
Henry read the headline: North America Sees Total Solar Eclipse. He rolled all the copies of The Gazette, filled his canvas bag and biked off to deliver the big news to his neighbors. Then, he arrived on time at a meeting with the editor in chief who had called earlier. Maybe a longer route!
Mr. Trotta shook Henry’s hand. “No good way to deliver bad news, Henry.”
You’ll probably guess what happens next. It's 1970 and news is being dramatically delivered by TV. Many newspapers are on their way out.
You’ll want to hug Henry as he delivers new news to his neighbors and cheer him on as he comes up with a plan.
Arlene was also featured in the Greenwich Sentinel’s “Columns” article, “Traveling The Written Words of Arlene Mark for Children”. Arlene, a world-traveler tells 4 short stories that while written for YA appeal to all age groups. Her story, “Do Not Open Until The Year 3000” is in the New York Times Time Capsule at the Am. Museum of Natural History.
April’s Theme: Moment of Glory
Jane Brooks -- Alex (pseudonym) became part of a group of early adolescent boys who met in a Friendship Group. Topics included conversing, handling arguments, having dates with friends, conversing with adults and peers, and how to be a good sport. Topics included appropriate sense of humor entering a conversation, rumors, telephone calls, gossip, and teasing.
By the end of the sessions, the boys had shared phone numbers and visited each other’s homes. With tears in his eyes, one father tells this story about his teenage son, who is on the autistic spectrum. The family is separated from overseas relatives but telephone them weekly. John had never before spoken with any of these relatives. His U.S. family called, as usual and all spoke. Before hanging up, Alex asked for the phone and spoke with his grandparents for the first time.
Joanne Dearcopp -- My one and only sporting moment of glory was being cheered for coming in last. Our family had a two-room log cabin at a lake in northern NJ, and that’s where my younger sister and I learned to swim. She had mastered all the strokes, but I was still struggling with the side-stroke. Nevertheless, we both wanted to enter the annual kids’ race across the lake. Dad had a friend row a boat to accompany Janet (she being the better swimmer) and he stayed with me. Using only the sidestroke I veered off a lot making a wide zig-zag track across the lake, probably adding twice the distance. And I was slow.
Meanwhile, folks on the beach had returned to their activities thinking the race was over. When I neared the shore someone spotted a “racer.” A large crowd gathered to cheer on this tenacious swimmer. As I slowly emerged I heard the raucous yelling and applause and, yes, laughter. To this day, I’m convinced I received a louder, more joyful and surprised reception than the first-place winner.
Ellen Hackl Fagan -- My painting, Autumn Dance, Veils of Color, 1996, was included in an exhibition at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT in 1997. The exhibition was a dream come true for me as my painting hung beside Sonia Delauney and Josef Albers' paintings, which has been a career highlight for me as they are two of my heroes in the pantheon of modern colorists.
The exhibition was titled, "Color, Contrasts and Cultures" and was curated by then museum director Ben Ortiz and was reviewed in the NYTimes by William Zimmer https://www.nytimes.com/1997/12/21/nyregion/art-color-so-much-the-essence-of-what-happens-in-a-painting.html
Sarah Darer Littman -- My moments of glory always seem to come at awkward, embarrassing times.
When I got the call that my first novel, Confessions of a Closet Catholic, won the Sydney Taylor Award, I was getting a bikini wax while crying silently due to divorce stress. The thrilling news was punctuated by the salon employee ripping hot wax strips off my nether regions.
She probably thought I was losing it (she might have been right) because I went from despondent to ecstatic in 0-60 secs, all while she was performing depilatory.
When the producer for Good Morning America called to ask if my son Josh and I would appear on their Mother’s Day broadcast thanks to our wildly popular StoryCorps interview, I was…um…in the toilet. I heard the phone ringing and a minute later my daughter knocked on the door. “Mom, there’s someone from Good Morning America on the phone.” I thought she’s pranking me.
Wonder where I’ll be the next time I get exciting news…
Doris Mady – Sept. 2013
At 71 I was the oldest by 20 years. In three months, I would be joining nine experienced walkers walking 170 miles of Spain’s El Camino de Santiago. For many, "The Camino" is a pilgrimage or spiritual journey. For us: a YMCA fundraiser.
Not having done anything like this, I worried about not making it or holding everyone back. Despite training for three months to obtain the recommended 17-20 miles/day experts recommended, I averaged 14 miles. Nonetheless I was committed to go and I would deal with “whatever” the route offered.
During breaks a fellow artist sketched the plazas, people, and even our cappuccinos! One day I got a paper and pencil and started to sketch. Sketching changed my focus: it opened my eyes to “see more” of my journey and took my mind off my aching legs and blistered feet. Ultimately sketching lead to painting.
I lost 10 pounds and two toenails and as seven of us jubilantly walked into Santiago de Compostela we had made it… including me!
Lee Paine April, 2021
How Life Spikes Can Sometimes Feel by Lee Paine
What differentiates a triumph
from hard-earned, well planned outcomes?
Is it a sense of victory
or a list of battles won?
Everyone’s measure is different,
when circumstances are alike –
for one it was a triumph,
for another, perhaps a spike.
While I admire those with triumphs,
of triumphs I’ve counted nil,
but I’m grateful to have had spikes,
high points I treasure still.
Not to diminish others
in any way whatsoever,
my life just hasn’t gone that way,
but I certainly won’t say “Never!”
My path has seldom been easy,
with risks that caused great fear.
Perhaps my moment of triumph
is that I am still here!
Adrienne Reedy -- Enjoy her movie
“Don’t panic. Midway through writing a novel, I have regularly experienced moments of bowel-curdling terror, as I contemplate the drivel on the screen before me and see beyond it, in quick succession, the derisive reviews, the friends’ embarrassment, the failing career, the dwindling income, the repossessed house, the divorce . . . Working doggedly on through crises like these, however has always got me there in the end. . .” ~~ Sarah Waters