Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October 9, 2014 Meeting Information

The Roanoke Valley Branch of the American League of Pen Women will meet at First Presbyterian Church on S. Jefferson Street on Thursday, October 9, at 10:30 AM. The guest speaker is Patti Trail, Director of the Roanoke Valley Choral Society. Visitors welcome. Please call Lynne Victorine for information at 345-6009.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pen Women Host Author Beth Macy

The Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women hosted Roanoke author Beth Macy at Barnes and Noble, Tanglewood, on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Macy read from her book and discussed the implications of economic change and how political decisions impact localities and local people. Her story personalizes "the biggest American economic story of our time" and has been lauded nationally for its in-depth reporting and inspirational writing.

Pat Bijwaard, member of the Roanoke Valley Branch, speaks with author Beth Macy prior to the event.

Bijwaard listens as Roanoke Valley Branch President Lynne Victorine introduces the crowd of about 30 to the Pen Women and to Macy.

Macy listening to the introduction.

Folks listened intently as Macy spoke or read.

The crowd was very involved in what Macy was discussing.

Macy reads from her book.

Macy gesturing during discussion.

Macy reading and Bijwaard listening.

The crowd gathered around the table to get their books signed.

Roanoke Valley Branch Pen Women members attending the event were President Lynne Victorine, Pat Bijwaard, Gail Lambert, and Anita Firebaugh.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Roanoke Pen Women In Pen Woman Magazine

Members of the Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc., recently visited with Scott Williamson, Director of Opera Roanoke. Co-President Gail Lambert wrote an article about the visit and submitted it to The Pen Woman, the organization's national magazine.

Lambert reported that the members "enjoyed a window into the operatic world when soprano Anna Sterrett sang a solo from Mozart's masterpiece," The Magic Flute.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Appalachian Heritage Days

The American Pen Women, of which I am a member, helped sponsor The Salem Museum and Historical Society Appalachian Heritage Days on Oct. 12-13, 2012.

The featured speaker Friday evening, Sharyn McCrumb, drew a packed house.  Sharyn is an award-winning Southern writer, best know for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels and one of Roanoke's best kept secrets.  

On a crisp, sunny fall Saturday there was a steady flow of people who enjoyed the museum's display of long rifles, traditional Appalachian toys, artifacts, quilts, and local exhibits.  Appalachian harp and dulcimer music enticed our ears as did the country songs.  You had a chance to  meet area authors including our own Peggy Shifflett, Becky Mushko and Ethel Born.   Another member, Gail Lambert, who helped write  "Notable Women West of the Blue Ridge 1850-1950" also had that book available. Our very own Margaret Dubois was the featured artist.  There were pony rides, ham biscuits, Hilda Shifflett's fabulous apple dumplings, a retired revenue agent discussing the history of moonshing and home grown stories from Warnie Shifflett and Charles Lytton.  Stories about Appalachian Trail hikers were told by me, Beth Ann Rossi. 

If you didn't make it this year, add it to your 2013 calendar.  You don't want to miss it.

"The Appalachian trail was in my back yard for thirty years while I lived in Blue Ridge, Virginia.  It's 2,100 miles long from Springer, GA  to Mount Katahdin, Maine and takes about 5 million steps."  Beth Ann Rossi
Becky Mushko (l) selling her book to a happy customer.

Sharyn McCrumb talking to Ethel Born about research and writing.
Margaret DuBois (r) helping a customer choose and explaining her techniques.
Author Scottie Pritchard (l) gets a private reading from her former thesis advisor, Peggy Shifflett (r) from Peggy's recently published book, "On the Way to Toe Town."
Sharyn McCrumb (l) and Beth Ann Rossi (r) enjoying the Appalachian Heritage Day.
—contributed by Beth Rossi, president of the Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women

Thursday, May 10, 2012

2012 Pen Women Scholarship

The Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is offering a scholarship to a woman who is working on a creative project or taking a class in the arts.

Scholarship Requirements:

The Roanoke Valley Pen Women will grant a scholarship of a minimum $100 to a woman age thirty or older who is taking a class in the literary, visual or performing arts; or who is working on a creative project involving the literary, visual or performing arts. The applicant must live within 50 miles of Roanoke.

The money is to be used either for supplies (textbooks, art supplies, paper, software, etc.) or for other expenses directly related to the project (tuition, travel expenses, conference fees, etc.).

Women interested in receiving the grant for 2012 must apply to the Roanoke Valley Pen Women between May 15 and June 15, 2012. The application should include the following:

•Statement of interest:
Contact information at top of page: name, address, phone, email.
A proposal that includes the following: (1) a paragraph that either explains the recipient’s reason for taking the class or describes the creative project, (2) a statement about the applicant’s career goals, (3) verification that the applicant is committed to the project (Verification for class enrollment could include a photocopy of acceptance letter, student ID, or receipt for payment of tuition. Verification for a creative project might include receipts for materials already purchased, photos showing that the applicant has worked on a similar project, preliminary sketches for an artistic project, etc.)

•A work sample in one of the following:
Literary Arts: an example (2-10 pages) of either published or unpublished fiction (short story, novel excerpt), non-fiction (article, essay), poetry (three poems) or a combination thereof.
Visual Arts: CD or DVD of jpegs of artwork (paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery, fiber art, photographs, etc.).
Performing Arts (composer, performer, choreographer): CD or DVD of performance.
Applicants who want work samples returned should provide a self-addressed mailer with sufficient postage.

The scholarship recipient is encouraged to report back to the Roanoke Valley Pen Women, either by mail/email or as a guest at a future Pen Women meeting to inform the membership how the scholarship helped her accomplish a goal.

Send applications to Peggy Shifflett, 700 Cherrywood Street, Salem, VA 24153 or to Becky Mushko, 8 Listening Hill Road, Penhook, VA, 24137

Monday, September 26, 2011

11th Annual Poetry Contest Winners

The Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of the American Pen Women are pleased to announce the winners of their 11th Annual Poetry Contest.

The judge for the contest was Rene Parks Lanier, Jr., Professor of English emeritus at Radford University.

Prizes are First Place, $100, Second Place, $75, and Third Place, $50.

First Place: Elisabeth Murawski  for her poem, Cumberland

Second Place: Catherine Moran for her poem, The Neighborhood Scene

Third Place: Viki Quinn for her poem, Fly

Honorable Mentions will be awarded to the following:

Lorraine A. Vail for her poem, Grandmother

Carol White for her poem, Being There

Carol White for her poem, Rockport Farewell

Amanda Rhodes for her poem, Kent Anthony Rhodes

The Roanoke Valley members would like to thank all who entered and helped to make this contest a success.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

11th Annual Poetry Contest

11th Annual Poetry Contest!

$100 First Prize

Roanoke, VA – Virginia’s Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, winner of the 2009 Perry Kendig Award, is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Poetry Competition.

Proceeds from the Poetry Competition fund an annual scholarship, given to adult women who have returned to school.

Postmark deadline for entries is August 15, 2011. Cost per poem is $5.00; make checks payable to Roanoke Valley Branch, NLAPW. Prizes are $100, $75, $50 and Honorable Mention $5. Rules are available at http://roanokepenwomen.blogspot.com. Entries which do not adhere to the rules will be disqualified.

Rene Parks Lanier, Jr., Professor of English emeritus at Radford University, will judge the poems. Professor Lanier served for many years as Poet-in-the-Schools at numerous Virginia counties and has been published in many small press and academic magazines. He also served five years as president of the Appalachian Writers' Association.

Here are the complete rules:

Entry Deadline: Postmark August 15, 2011

Poems will be accepted from May 15, 2011 to August 15, 2011

Any Form
Line Limit: 40*


1) Only original, unpublished poetry accepted. Websites are considered publishing.*

2) Submit 2 copies of each poem, typed on 8 ½" x 11" paper, Times New Roman 12 point type, single space, flush left, black ink. No bold in text. Name, address, telephone number and e-mail address on only one copy.* Entry by e-mail is not allowed.

3) Contest entry grants permission for a one-time non-exclusive right to publish winning entries in any future Roanoke NLAPW publications.

4) Winners will be notified by October 15, 2011.

5) Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry*. No limit to number of entries but payment must accompany each entry. Make checks payable to Roanoke Valley Branch, NLAPW.

6) Prizes: $100, $75, $50 and Honorable Mention $5.

7) Winning poems will be read at the November 2011 meeting of Roanoke NLAPW. Proceeds from the contest will be used to help fund a scholarship.

8) Names of award winners will be available on the website, roanokepenwomen.blogspot.com, only. Poems will not be returned.

Mail entries to:

Co-Chairman, Peggy Shifflett
700 Cherrywood Road
Salem, VA 24153