Poetry in the Evening with Greenwich Pen Women, Tuesday, April 22
On Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room, Greenwich Pen Women will present poetry readings and art from their newest publication of original works, the result of a nation-wide poetry contest, Women's Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shape Women.
Women from Maine to Hawaii who belong to the National League of American Pen Women submitted hundreds of poems for consideration. Each poem went through several rounds of blind judging for cash awards and the honor of publication in this brilliant silk-bound book.
The collection is both delightful and unexpected. Women often write about universal emotions and experiences, yet this volume contains some outspoken surprises. There are a large number of political poems which challenge the reader by being decidedly politically incorrect.
Poems by Greenwich Pen Women feature heavily in this volume. In addition, art members of the branch donated charming line drawings for selected poems. Leigh Grant, who grew up in Greenwich on the Tomes-Higgins property and attended Greenwich Academy, won first prize. Her poem, "The Place That You Found," won the hearts of the judges.
Refreshments will be served.
The NLAPW, founded in Washington D.C.in 1897, is the oldest organization for creative women in the United States. Members included Eleanor Roosevelt, Anya Seton, Florence Harding, Barbara Bush and Erma Bombeck. The Greenwich Branch of the NLAPW, or Greenwich Pen Women, is 59 years old.
Greenwich Pen Women (professional artists, writers, and composers) participate in writers' workshops and artists' critique sessions as well as educational programs during the year. The members offer each other mutual support and encouragement during the creative process.
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