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Open Mic Events a Success
On October 21, Greenwich Pen Women completed its 2019 series of Open Mic events, all designed to open people’s original work to the public, to increase interest in Pen Women membership, and to broaden the community of writers and other creatives. Roughly 70 people attended the three events — Cos Cob Library, Byram Shubert Library and Perrot Memorial Library — about half of whom shared their work. Notably, the Open Mic events garnered attention from women and men outside Greenwich Pen Women and helped raise awareness of Greenwich Pen Women. We already heard from the libraries about conducting similar events in 2020. 

If you’d like to join the Open Mic team, contact Diane Morello at dkmorello@gmail.com. We need event moderators, clock watchers, promoters and membership enrollers. By now we have a sense of what works and what might work even better. Join us.  

On Nov. 5 Nancy Burke was re-elected for her ninth term on the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting for Harbor District 2.  She will continue to serve as the Delegate on the Budget Overview Committee. Nancy joined Pen Women years ago as a “speech writer” and recently used her writing skills for a Letter to the Editor - “Trick or Treat” published in the Greenwich Time on November 4.  

Greenwich Pen Women Music member Joyce DiCamillo was awarded the Christel Truglia Humanitarian Award by the Thumbelina Fund on October 3, 2019. The presentation celebrated her contributions to the community as a career jazz pianist and recording artist leading her own trio and her deep commitment to music education and advocacy as Founder/Board Chair of “Project Music”. “Project Music is an El Sistema program providing free high-quality music education to Stamford, CT’s underserved children four days a week, fulfilling its mission to bring access, opportunity and inspiration to those children most in need.

Barbara Ehrentreu and Leigh Grant will be among the poets recognized at a reception to kick off the exhibition Art & Text: Picture This at the Norwalk Public Library.  Spotlighted poets will be featured in a brochure distributed at the reception which will have one poem of the three submitted for the contest.

Arlene Mark’s story “Big News, Little News” was recently accepted by Highlights for Children magazine. The story is especially poignant given the times we now live in with newspapers are closing down week after week.

Jean P. Moore won the New York City Big Book Award in the contemporary novel category for her novel, Tilda’s Promise


Greenwich Pen Women Holiday Luncheon

Annual Holiday Luncheon

We are thrilled to announce Coline Jenkins as our guest speaker — women’s rights activist and great-great-granddaughter of women’s suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Coline Jenkins is a legislator, author, TV producer and cofounder of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust. Her mission is to inspire pride in women’s history, preserve the history of the women's voting rights movement and promote the advancement of women's rights.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Coline Jenkins

The next Letters Meeting will be on Friday, December 6 from 10 AM to noon at Ginger Heller’s. Parking is limited so get there early.

Art Critique: Thursday, Dec 12, 4:30 - 6:30 PM, at the home of Annette Voreyer. Because of the holidays and potential conflicts, please email Kathy Heffner directly.


January call for GPW membersDoris Mady: dorismady42@gmail.com