Current Member News

Greenwich Pen Women Launches Open Mic Nights
SAVE THE DATES: Wednesday, June 26 at Cos Cob Library, and Monday, October 21 at Perrot Memorial Library

Exciting news! Greenwich Pen Women will launch two Open Mic nights for Pen Women and other creatives in the community. Diane Morello, new program director, explains. “Open Mic nights give writers, artists and other creatives a chance to have their voices heard and to hear the voices of others, too.” How will Open Mic nights work? On arrival, each speaker signs up for a five-minute time slot, and we go through as many speakers as we can before closing. Start thinking now about which work will represent you best in a five-minute time slot, then practice. Need ideas for five minutes? Writers can read 500 words of flash fiction, present a two-page memoir (double-spaced), read a scene from a new play, share a poem, introduce a new blog post, and present a section of a winning story. Artists and musicians can share inspiration behind a painting, reveal techniques for photographs, perform jazz riffs, and improvise with creatives across disciplines. Contact Diane Morello,, to discuss or learn more.

Greenwich Pen Women and The Perrot Memorial Library hosted Cheryl Davis, general counsel of the Author’s Guild, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:30 pm in the Radcliffe Wing of the Library on the topic, “Protecting Your Intellectual Property.” There was a good turnout of members and guests, many of whom stayed after the presentation to learn more about our branch.

Left: Authors Guild general counsel, Cheryl Davis with President Sarah Darer Littman.
Right: GPW members gathering before the event, seated from left, Diane Morello and Stasha Healy;
Standing from left, prospective member and Diane’s guest, Tina Nunno; Barbara Ehrentreu and Leigh Grant.

From May 2 - 27 the Greenwich Art Council returns with its Art to the Avenue event with several GPW onboard. Opening Night Festivities: May 2, 5:30 – 8 pm, Throughout downtown Greenwich.
Maria Friscia at Putnam & Vine Wine & Spirits, 39 E. Elm Street
Ilse Gordon at Five Corners Properties, 79 E. Putnam Avenue
Doris Mady at Bank of America, 240 Greenwich Avenue
Barbara O’Shea at Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Avenue
Margaret Esme Simon at TD Bank, 235 Greenwich Avenue.

Nancy Burke sent this Instagram shot with the intention that GPW might have an interest in joining this very active writer’s group while in Palm Beach, FL. Nancy is circled in a coral striped dress next to Marcia Kay, an author of several published books. Michelle Dargan (circled lower right) was a journalist for the Greenwich News.

Barbara Ehrentreu’s poem “To Catch the Universe” was displayed during the month of April at the Canton Library exhibit, “Forever Young: Poetry and Spirit”, to honor National Poetry Month along with other poems and the artwork of Judith Bird.  Click here to read her poem.

Arlene Mark had her vignette of New York Life published as the headline story in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary.

Old Greenwich resident, Andrea Rogers thought GPW might like to know about:

Roberta Seret
just finished a FILMed that she created about the MIGRANT CRISIS, and is from the Swedish award-winning film, THE SQUARE. It can be seen on her NGO website: Password is july07. She would love to share it with all our members. This FILMed was created for CT and NYC high school students and supported by a 5-year Ford Foundation Grant.

Annette Voreyer will have 12 of her paintings at the Images Gallery, 202 Sound Beach Road, Old Greenwich from May 17 - June

Tomatoes with Jam Jar by Annette Voreyer

Members Calendar:

Julie Dolphin’s work, newly commissioned by Angelica, (, is set to a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill," and is about the physical joys of spring. Angelica is a women's choir founded by one of the original singers in the acclaimed group, Anonymous 4; they have been performing Julie’s works since 1998. Performances:

    • Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm First Reformed Church, 18 Farragut Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Suggested donation: $20; $10 seniors & students. Tickets sold at the door.
    • A lecture and performance of this music will be presented by the Hudson Valley Music Club: Tuesday, May 14 from 11 am to 12 noon Dobbs Ferry Women’s Club
      54 Clinton Ave., Dobbs Ferry, NY. Free Admission.
    • Sunday, May 19 at 3 pm Church of St. John Nepomucene, 411 East 66th St., New York. Suggested donation: $20; $10 seniors & students. Tickets sold at the door.
    • They will also perform an abbreviated version of this concert on Wednesday, May 29 at 12:10 pm at Grace Church, 33 Church Street, White Plains, NY. (Presented by Downtown Music at Grace. Free admission.)
    • May 15 at 8 pm, she will be a featured soloist in the glorious Bach Magnificat, as part of the final concert of the Bedford Chamber Series led by Dr. Anthony Newman. Information about this particular event in detail:

Barbara Ehrentreu
will have one of her poems in the Walt Whitman Bicentennial Anthology called “Poets To Come". (Carolyn link poem, please) Click here to read the poem is called “A Walk Down the Path of My Memories”. The Walt Whitman Bicentennial Conference will be held on Long Island from May 31 - June 2. Barbara will be reading her poem at the ceremony.

Maria Friscia’s schedule is loaded this month with:

    • Rowayton Arts Center, “Big and Small” thru May 11 Reflection of Nature
    • Ferguson Library, Stamford, May 4 - Sept. Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9 from 6 - 8 pm
    • Bruce Museum, “Your Place Squared”, thru June
by Maria Friscia

Doris Mady’s painting, Tumblin’ In has been juried into the Artists of Northern Westchester’s 53rd Annual Show. Gallery is open Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19. Hours: 1 - 3 pm. 2021 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson.

Tumblin’ In by Doris Mady

Two of Doris’ paintings Seven Flowers and Ridgefield Path will be in the Stamford Art Association "Spring Fling" show. Opening Night: Friday, May 3, 6 - 8 pm. This show runs until May 30.

Ridgefield Path and Seven Flowers by Doris Mady