WEST VIRGINIA STARS - -- L-R: Oprah Winfrey featured poet Rachel Griffiths read
from book of West Virginia Poet Laureate Irene McKinney, Jamie Bosley of West Virginia
State Society read from novelist Denise Giardina, Chris Greaver, President of the West
Virginia State Society in DC read work of Nobel Laureate Pearl Buck, and Janice Law,
AWWNM Founder, moderated. Music of Hazel Dickens was played January 29, 2013,
at co-sponsored event with AWWNM and West Virginia Center for the Book at National Press Club.
To See Jan 29, 2013 Video, Click on link at left.
Thank you for the great program on Oklahoma Women Writers and for your generous hospitality! I appreciate your very kind introduction.
Rilla Askew presented such a meaningful message which really connected with us Oklahomans. I often gage the success of Oklahoma events in DC by if they make you feel like you are in Oklahoma again. This was a wonderful success!
Your comments also were so professional and the AWWNM program had such depth and professional structure. I was very taken with the program and really look forward to attending future AWWNM programs.
Thank you again..
AWWNM and Oklahoma CFB program Nov. 14 - -- L-R: Larry Guthrie,
writer Rilla Askew, AWWNM founder Janice Law, Oklahoma State Society
President Tabitha Layman.
50-state Honorees L-R -- Julie Kane, Louisiana 2012 Poet Laureate,
Janice Law, Poet Ava Leavell Haymon, autograph their Louisiana listing on AWWNM’s
May 2012 Honoree List Poster.
LITERARY NEW YORK & AWWNM - L-R: Janice Law, AWWNM founder; Rocco Staino, chair, Empire State CFB, and Bev Frey, president New York State Society of D.C., pause near AWWNM's 50-state poster at their September jointly-sponsored 50-state Project event at the Army-Navy Club.
50-state Project Launched in May, 2012.
Look on the 50-state Project list (below) of the American Women Writers National Museum-- to see in what month women writers from your native, adopted, or favorite state will be showcased at National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20045.
Also, below, read ways you can participate even if you can't visit D.C.
State "assignment" opportunities are:
MAY 2012 Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine
JUNE 2012 Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota
JULY 2012 Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska
AUGUST 2012 Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico
SEPTEMBER 2012 New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio
OCTOBER 2012 Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
NOVEMBER 2012 South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas
DECEMBER 2012 Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands
JANUARY, 2013 Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
FEBRUARY 2013 Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas
MARCH 2013 California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware
APRIL 2013 District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii
MAY 2013 Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa
JUNE 2013 Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine
AWWNM's exciting 50- state project is offering CFB affiliates a creative opportunty to program a portion of an assigned month in D.C.at AWWNM, to laud the brilliant work of premier American women writers of that state.
Four states are assigned alphabetically to each month to present in D.C.-- programs during any week of that month, individually or as a four-state group. To facilitate rotation, so no state is permanently "stuck" with a month they don't like, your state's talented women writers can shine for a month nationally every 13 months.
Because of budget slashes and for other reasons, many will not be able to actually travel to D.C. for the month in which your native, adoptive or favorite state is showcasing its brilliant American literary lionesses. But AWWNM welcomes your participation from faraway by:
Sending AWWNM, any posters, brochures, or other printed materials from your state.
Contacting media in your state, or D.C. bureaus thereof, to publicize AWWNM events. Suggesting a reception, reading or other event at AWWNM individually, or with the other three states, during your month.
Emailing, tweeting, phoning D.C.- area friends, organizations, legislators and Congress members, inviting them to stop by AWWNM or send a rep during the month AWWNM features your state.
EZ: email favorite names to AWWNM of American women poets, screenwriters, historians, journalists from your state-- to be posted on AWWNM's website, and museum message board during your state's month. firstname.lastname@example.org
AWWNM's 50 state enterprise is new. As with any debut idea, we will begin small with baby steps, and there will be kinks to be resolved. AWWNM hopes 50-state will grow and improve each year. Although AWWNM is a CFB reading partner, the 50- state blueprint is solely AWWNM's creative brainstorm!