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Thursday May 22, 2014 noon Katherine Anne Porter Panel.


Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        American writer Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), born in rural west central Texas, lived through most of the twentieth century, personally observing important people and events. She was in New York City throughout the 1920s, in Mexico during the retrenchment after the Revolution ended in 1920, in Germany when the Nazis were beginning to gain power, in Paris with other expatriates in the 1930s, in Washington, D.C., during World War II and during the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. She established long-lasting friendships with many of the literary lights of her era, including Robert Penn Warren, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Sylvia Beach, Glenway Wescott, and Malcolm Cowley. Her full-length 1962 novel, Ship of Fools, was a best-seller and, in 1966, she earned America’s highest literary honor, a Pulitzer Prize, as well as the National Book Award for The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (1965).
        Her literary themes include isolation, justice, betrayal, and disillusionment, and her work explores the experiences and roles of women, as well as religion, politics, and aesthetics. “Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you,” is one of her famous observations.
        On May 22, several of America’s top KAP scholars will illuminate her work and discuss their research on the woman described as “a major voice in 20th Century American literature.”.
        Dr. Christine Grogan, president of the Katherine Anne Porter Society, will moderate a panel consisting of members of the KAPS Executive Committee. Grogan is a visiting professor at University of South Florida. Primarily interested in modern American women writers, Grogan has published articles in Feminist Studies in English Literature and Women’s Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal.
        KAP’s residency in the D.C. area, including places she lived, people she knew, and work created or published during that period, will be covered by Dr. Beth Alvarez, former Curator of Literary Manuscripts at the University of Maryland, College Park, Libraries where KAP’s papers are housed. Currently, she and colleagues at the University of Maryland are working on a project to digitize Porter’s letters to her family members.
        Dr. Christine Hait will discuss Porter’s best-selling 1962 novel Ship of Fools, which was made into a 1965 movie. Hait is a professor of English at Columbia College, Columbia, S.C. In addition to serving on the executive committee of the Katherine Anne Porter Society and writing about Porter, she also is a co-founder of the Kay Boyle Society, and her most recent article is entitled “Publication and Recognition: Kay Boyle and the O. Henry Award.”
        Challenges of writing KAP’s biography will be discussed by Dr. Darlene Unrue, Distinguished Professor of English at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Unrue has published numerous articles and books on KAP, including Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist (2005) and Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter: Chronicles of a Modern Woman (2012). Professor Unrue is the recipient of many national and international awards and honors.
        Dr. Jerry Findley came to the study of Porter through his work on the literature of the Early Modern Period, the period Porter calls “her stamping ground.” Findley taught courses on the literary masterpieces of the Western Tradition during teaching stints at universities across the South and Midwest. Recently retired and focusing on Porter, he will address KAP’s “political understanding.”
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page




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Wednesday April 16, 2014 noon duet


Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum and
Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana
Time & Place: noon-1 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        AWWNM celebrates National Poetry Month with two Poet Laureates! Ava Leavell Haymon, current Louisiana Poet Laureate, and Julie Kane, immediate past Poet Laureate, will discuss their writing process and read from their work. The program is co-sponsored with AWWNM and the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana, Jim Davis, Director.
        Ava Leavell Haymon, “grew up in a household of words. My mother was a natural story teller from the Mississippi Delta, where telling stories at the dinner table was high art. Those stories were not limited by the truth, but were told and retold to amuse the audience,” Haymon said.
        Her father was a Baptist preacher who required her to “memorize 10 verses of scripture every week, and be able to recite it back perfectly before we could watch television,” Haymon remembers.
        A reviewer says Haymon: “combines sensory and spiritual worlds in wild verbal fireworks”.
        She is the winner of numerous major poetry awards. Her books are: Why the House is Made of Gingerbread, Kitchen Heat, The Strict Economy of Fire; and her latest book “Eldest Daughter.”
        Haymon earned a B.A. in English from Baylor University in 1965, an M.A. degree from Louisiana State University in 1968.
        Humor is the guiding star of Julie Kane, immediate past Poet Laureate of Louisiana.
        A reviewer describes Kane’s work as “wickedly clever. A 21st Century Dorothy Parker.”
        Her work includes “Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum” and “Reasons for Loving the Harmonica!”
        Kane describes her work as “the intersection of identify and place. The cold unforgiving North of my Irish Catholic girlhood, and the warm sensual South of my adult years”. She says she combines humor with wisdom.
        Kane’s work too has been honored with many prestigious awards. She is the author of 2003 Rhythm & Booze, and 2009 Jazz Funeral. Her newest work Paper Bullets, features mainly humorous poems.
        When you first start out, poetry feels like you have been stripped bare,” Kane explains.
        Kane holds a B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1974, an M.A. from Boston University in 1975, and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1999.
        Both women will sell and autograph their books at the event.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page




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Friday, March 28, 2014 noon panel


Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1:00 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        Poet Laureate Emeritus of Connecticut, Marilyn Nelson, who has won or been nominated for a plethora of poetry and writing awards, will share her thoughts on writing, and read from her work, noon Friday March 28.
        Lavonda Kay Broadnax will discuss women’s writing voices from the Civil War era, and her bibliographic project “Selected Literature Published by the Civil War Soul Sisters”.
        Marilyn Nelson grew up moving from Air Force base to Air Force base with her parents, and her sister, playwright Jennifer Nelson whose June 5, 2013 AWWNM program video may be viewed under the YouTube icon on AWWNM’s Home page. Jennifer Nelson is Director of Special Programming at Ford’s Theatre. The sisters are the daughters of one of the last Tuskegee Airmen. Their mother was a teacher.
        One reviewer wrote of Marilyn Nelson’s work: “a poet of stunning power, able to bring alive the most rarified and subtle of experiences”.
        Her book “The Fields of Praise" was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award and the Pen Winship Award. She has also published collections of verse for children, including “Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World; "The Cat Walked through the Casserole", and other works.
        Her additional honors include a Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, two fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. She holds the BA from University of California at Davis, an M.A. degree from University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
        Broadnax, a digital project coordinator at the Library of Congress won the 2013 Zora Neale Hurston Award presented by the Reference and Users Association of the American Library Association. The award honors librarians who have demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature. Broadnax holds a B.A degree from Oberlin College, and a Master of Science in Library Science degree from Case Western Reserve University.
        Broadnax’s project showcases the writings of Black women who lived during the Civil War, at a time when it was illegal for the vast majority of African Americans to learn to read or write.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page



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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 noon 2nd anniversary program


Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1:00 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        AWWNM celebrates its joyous second anniversary year by featuring two experts on America’s First Ladies: presidential spouses—and how First ladies, historical and contemporary, dealt with media.
        Traditionally, in American culture, second anniversaries are marked by cotton “gifts”—thus the pun in the above headline.
        Patricia Krider, executive director of First Ladies Library and Education Center in Canton, Ohio—which is “devoted to education about the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women in history,” --- will favor AWWNM with a return visit.
        Krider starred in AWWNM’s 2013 panel celebrating AWWNM’s debut program year. “I’m pleased and honored to join in kudos to AWWNM and to America’s women writers, by joining AWWNM’s second year of achievement!” Krider said.
        Anita McBride, a surprise guest at AWWNM’s 2013 first anniversary fete, graciously agreed to join in AWWNM’s February 12, 2014 event. McBride, who served as Chief of Staff for former First Lady Laura Bush, has firsthand knowledge of the interaction between First Ladies and the media, historically, and in the internet age.
        In her remarks at AWWNM’s first anniversary event, McBride said of First Ladies: “They are truly partners to the presidency, not just First Ladies. They are women leaders, and a bellwether to changes in our society throughout history. (Each) left a lasting legacy on the imprint of our country,” McBride said.
        “It is important to keep telling the stories of these women (First Ladies) to each new generation,” McBride added. She served three White Houses and three first ladies: Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Laura Bush--- which included dealing with interaction between First Ladies and the media: pre internet, and post internet—very different challenges.
        McBride holds a B.A. degree in international studies from the University of Connecticut. She currently serves as Executive in Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington, D.C.
        The Ohio-based Library Krider directs, which established an on line bibliography of America’s First Ladies, is also a National Historic Site in partnership with the National Park Service. It was founded by 1995 by Mary Regula.
        Krider is a magna cum laude graduate of Ashland University, and also holds degrees from Walsh University and Stark State College.
        Because AWWNM’s grand opening was on Valentine’s Day 2011, anniversary events feature Valentine- themed decorations. No reservations are required. All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page


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Wednesday January 15, 2014 noon panel


Sponsored by: American Women Writers National Museum
Time & Place: noon-1:00 p.m. in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045.

        All those speeches, all those books, all those presentations. Sometimes they are written by the people whose names are on them. Or, sometimes, they are written by others: Ghostwriters. Or just Ghosts. The craft has even become a verb: ghosted.
        Ghostwriter panelists, experienced in a variety of ghostwriting fields, will describe their craft and answer questions in AWWNM’s 2014 Opening Program at noon Wednesday January 15.
        Nancy Dorman Hickson, traveling from Birmingham Alabama to participate as a panelist, ghostwrote and co-authored “Diplomacy and Diamonds”, an Amazon best-selling memoir of socialite and TV personality Joanne King Herring, portrayed by actress Julia Roberts in the film “Charlie Wilson’s War.” A former Associate Living Editor of Southern Living magazine, Hickson holds a B.A. in Communications from Mississippi State University, and a M.S. degree in Speech from Southern Illinois University.
        Amanda Rooker specializes in authors who want to write a book, but need some help. She helps would-be authors “learn about their publishing options and what kinds of partners are needed to help you share your message with the world.”
        She also helps authors with “how to find printing and distribution suppliers the big publishers use. She works as a writing coach, “mostly in the subject areas of business, motivational, inspirational and how-to books”.
        Rooker earned a B,A. degree in English from the College of William and Mary, and a Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School.
        Joyce Winslow ghostwrites with her firm Winslow & Mayfair. She describes herself as a “speechwriter and media strategist for the administration of Medicare, health departments and agencies”. Her corporate clients include Amtrack.
        Winslow served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for two nonprofits and a Gannett TV station.
        She is a former travel editor at Redbook and Mademoiselle, and served as editor of an AARP magazine. She has taught at the University of Pittsburg and at Temple University.
        Charotte Reather ghostwrites scripts for TV, radio and film—with a comedic touch. She has had a TV sketch show, three sitcoms and a feature film optioned—all with script commissions.
        Reather, who describes herself as a “comedy writer and performer”, has a fictional alter ego named Henrietta Arden-Bibby.
        Her work-in-progress is ghostwriting Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing Adventures to accompany his channel 5 show. She said the work is scheduled for publication by Simon Schuster.
        Speech ghostwriter Sarah Gray will also join the panel. Ghostwriters Unite! is a just-formed national organization.
        *50-state Project honors women writers in Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Virgin Islands. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

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