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2021

Wed, Apr 7

 

BOOKISH BROADS: WOMEN WHO WROTE THEMSELVES INTO HISTORY

Lauren Marino
Lauren Marino

Publishing executive Lauren Marino, Executive Editor at Hachette Books, will highlight American women writers Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Judy Blume (children’s), Octavia Butler (Sci Fi), Edith Wharton and Louisa Mae Alcott who are included among 60 women writers worldwide whom she profiles in her newest book: BOOKISH BROADS: Women Who Wrote Themselves Into History.

She will “delve into their unique contributions and the obstacles each had to overcome… reframing the literary canon that has long failed to recognize the immense contributions of women.”

Illustrations are by artist Alexandra Kilburn, New Orleans.

Ms. Marino is the author of: What Would Dolly (Parton) Do? as well as Jackie (Kennedy) and Cassini: A Fashion Love Affair.

All AWWNM programs are now via Zoom until further notice. And, RSVPS are now required, made from an invitation sent to those on AWWNM’s emailing list. At present, Zoom attendance is limited to 40 persons (who have RSVPed) and to 40 minutes in length. After each program, Qs for the speaker may be emailed via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

 

Wed, Mar 10

 

NELLIE BLY: PIONEER OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Brooke Kroeger

When she was 16, Nellie Bly’s letter to the editor of a Pittsburgh paper (complaining about an article) launched her exciting journalism career.

Brooke Kroeger, author of Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist will detail the career of Bly (1864-1922) who whose many famous scoops included going undercover in an insane asylum and exposing the horrifying conditions there.

Kroeger is an NYU journalism professor and author of five books. She holds degrees from Boston University and Columbia University. She is currently writing a history of women journalists from 1840 to the present.

All AWWNM programs are now via Zoom until further notice. And, RSVPS are now required, made from an invitation sent to those on AWWNM’s emailing list. At present, Zoom attendance is limited to 40 persons (who have RSVPed) and to 40 minutes in length. After each program, Qs for the speaker may be emailed via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

 

Wed, Feb 10

 

women as "visible Stars" in early tv

Dr. Rosanne Welch

Women pioneers who created, produced or shepherded many of America’s most wildly popular, early television programs will be profiled by Dr. Rosanne Welch.

Dr. Welch, Director of a screenwriting program at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, edited When Women Wrote Hollywood, a well-reviewed collection of essays.

“My goal is rescuing from oblivion, women who worked in and on Americas early television programs as creators, writers and directors,” she said.

Dr. Welch is the author of ”Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture”.

All AWWNM programs are now via Zoom until further notice. And, RSVPS are now required, made from an invitation sent to those on AWWNM’s emailing list. At present, Zoom attendance is limited to 40 persons (who have RSVPed) and to 40 minutes in length. After each program, Qs for the speaker may be emailed via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

 

Wed, Jan 13

 

Eudora Welty Can Sure Tell a Fine Story!

Dr. Sarah Ford

How a love for news photography shaped the writing of Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Eudora Welty (1909-2001), chronicler of America’s “southern culture”, will be the subject discussed by Dr. Sarah Ford, a nationally recognized expert on Welty’s literary oeuvre.

In the American South, the ability to tell well, a really good story was and still is an admired skill.

Dr. Ford is professor of American literature at Baylor University, and director of the annual Beall Poetry Festival in Waco, Texas. The author of three books and numerous essays, she holds a B.A. degree from Baylor, and a PhD degree from Tulane.

In 2019 Dr. Ford was named a Baylor Centennial Professor.

All AWWNM programs are now via Zoom until further notice. And, RSVPS are now required, made from an invitation sent to those on AWWNM’s emailing list. At present, Zoom attendance is limited to 40 persons (who have RSVPed) and to 40 minutes in length. After each program, Qs for the speaker may be emailed via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Texas, Utah. Vermont, Virginia. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

 

2020

View Online From November 2020 to March 2021

 

AWWNM’S VIRTUAL STROLL THROUGH poet EMILY DICKINSON’S GARDEN

Emily Dickinson

Author Marta McDowell, speaking on video at the U.S. Botanic Garden, shares her analysis of “How poet Emily Dickinson’s passion for plants inspired and informed her writing.”

All AWWNM programs are now via Zoom until further notice.

50-state Project honors women writers from: Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

 


Wed, Oct 28

 

Invisible Stars: "Forgotten" Women of (early) Radio Broadcasting

Dr. Donna Halper

There were women writing for American radio in the 1930s and 1940s “Golden Age”, but they just did not receive full recognition for their talent and hard work.

Radio history aficionado Dr. Donna Halper will profile some of these radio pioneer women and how they contributed to iconic radio programs.

Dr. Donna Halper, author of 6 books, is an Associate Professor of Communications & Media Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting, is her best known book. Dr. Halper has appeared on PBS News Hour, CBS Sunday Morning, and "Radio 4" on the BBC. She is also a baseball, rock n' roll, and popular culture historian.

All AWWNM programs are now via Zoom until further notice. And, RSVPS are now required, made from an invitation sent to those on AWWNM’s emailing list. At present, Zoom attendance is limited to 40 persons (who have RSVPed) and to 40 minutes in length. After each program, Qs for the speaker may be emailed via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

 


Wed, Sept 23

 

Dear Eleanor Roosevelt: If you ask me..

Sept 23rd
Mark Bosco
Mary Jo Binker

In addition to being the wife of the President of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was also one of America’s prolific women writers of magazine and newspaper columns as well as books.

Mary Jo Binker will illuminate the “writer” aspect of Mrs. Roosevelt’s life, including how the First Lady used her life experiences in composing her newspaper column “My Day” and her monthly magazine column “If You Ask Me.”

Ms. Binker, adjunct professor of history at George Mason University, is editor of two book-length collections of the First Lady’s writings. (Read more on News & Events page).

All AWWNM programs are now via Zoom until further notice. And, RSVPS are now required, made from an invitation sent to those on AWWNM’s emailing list. At present, Zoom attendance is limited to 40 persons (who have RSVPed) and to 40 minutes in length. After each program, Qs for the speaker may be emailed via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

 


2019

Tues, Nov 19

 

Flannery O’Connor Documentary Wins Major Prizes-
Co-Director to Speak Nov 19

Mark Bosco
Mark Bosco

Mark Bosco of Georgetown University, co-director of a documentary on iconic American woman writer Flannery O’ Connor (1925-1964) will outline O’Connor’s life and work, and his process of creating the 96 minute film over an eight year period. His co-director was Elizabeth Coffman of Loyola University in Chicago.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. Flannery O’Connor Documentary Wins Major Prizes-
Co-Director to Speak Nov 19

1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Wed, Apr 10

 

WOMEN BEHIND the CURTAIN: PAY ATTENTION to the WIZARDESSES!

Maureen Corrrigan
Maureen Corrrigan

Maureen Corrigan, book critic at National Public Radio (NPR) will pull aside the curtain of years to reveal the who and what of American women working behind the scenes, who shaped America's modern literary culture. Ms. Corrigan, a Georgetown University professor and a featured commentator on NPR for two decades, primarily on the "Fresh Air" program; also writes literary criticism for the Book World section of The Washington Post.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. WOMEN BEHIND the CURTAIN: PAY ATTENTION to the WIZARDESSES!
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Wed, Mar 13

 

MBE: THE AMERICAN WOMAN WRITER WHO FOUNDED AN ICONIC NEWSPAPER & A RELIGION

Mary Baker Eddy
Courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA
Allison J. Rose-Sonnesyn
Allison J. Rose-Sonnesyn

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) , the American woman writer and publisher who, at age 87, founded an international newspaper--The Christian Science Monitor--that won seven Pulitzer prizes, will be profiled by Allison J. Rose-Sonnesyn. In 1995, Ms.Eddy, who published 15 books and in 1879 founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Ms. Rose-Sonnesyn serves as Government and Media Liaison for the Christian Science Church in Washington, D.C. and the Christian Science Committee on Publication for D.C.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. MBE: THE AMERICAN WOMAN WRITER WHO FOUNDED AN ICONIC NEWSPAPER & A RELIGION
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


2018

Wed, Oct 17

 

TRAILBLAZING AMERICAN WOMEN
CARTOONISTS & ILLUSTRATORS

Martha H. Kennedy
Martha H. Kennedy

Martha H. Kennedy curator of popular a applied graphic art in the Prints and Photograph Division of the Library of Congress will profile trailblazing women cartoonists and illustrators, with examples of the work of Grace Drayton, Lynn Johnston, Sue Coe, Frances Jetter, Roz Chast, Raina Telgemeier, and others.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Arkansas, Hawaii, Utah and Washington, D.C. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. TRAILBLAZING AMERICAN WOMEN
CARTOONISTS & ILLUSTRATORS
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


2018

Wed, May 9

 

MAJOR PUBLISHER REVEALS
7 SURPRISING SECRETS OF BEST-SELLING FEMALE AUTHORS
SHE HAS PUBLISHED

Marjory G. Ross
Marjory G. Ross

MARJORY GRANT ROSS , President and Publisher of Regnery Publishing will reveal: Seven Surprising Secrets of Best-Selling Female Authors whom she has published. Marji is one of a very few women heading major American publishing houses. Regnery has placed more than 75 books on the NY Times best-seller list, including 12 titles at #1.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Washington. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. MAJOR PUBLISHER REVEALS: 7 SURPRISING SECRETS OF BEST-SELLING FEMALE AUTHORS SHE HAS PUBLISHED
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Wed, Mar 14

 

Director of Center for the Book Reveals American Women Writers Who Influenced Her!

Becky Brasington Clark
Becky Brasington Clark

Acting Director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress Becky Brasington Clark will discuss which American Women Writers most influenced her including: Eudora Welty (1909-2001) and Mary Karr (1955- ). AWWNM is a reading partner with the Center for the Book.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. Director of Center for the Book Reveals American Women Writers Who Influenced Her!
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Tues, Feb 6

 

SEASONAL OPENER & AWWNM 6th Birthday:
Women Who Are Always Write.

Margery Sinclair
Margery Sinclair

Business and social etiquette expert Margery Sinclair will profile four iconic American women writers who achieved “big time” international success in the rarified niche of social and business etiquette writing: Emily Post (1872-1960), Amy Vanderbilt (1908-1974), Judith Martin, AKA Miss Manners (1938- ) and Pauline Phillips AKA Dear Abby (1918-2013).

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: West Virginia, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Washington. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. Women Who Are Always Write
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


2017

Wed, Oct 18

 

TWO-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE DOROTHY PARKER

Elaine Flynn
Elaine Flynn
Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker

Two-time Oscar nominee (screenwriting 1937,1947) and acerbic wit Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) will be the subject of a “dramatized” talk by Elaine Flynn, a Washington, D.C. tour guide whose avocation is researching Parker’s life.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: D.C., Florida, Georgia and Hawaii. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. TWO-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE DOROTHY PARKER
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Thur, Sept 28

 

ZORA NEALE HURSTON

A. Anokwale Anasesemfo
A. Anokwale Anasesemfo

Zora Neale Hurston, (1891-1960) acclaimed author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, will be discussed by A. Anokwale Anansesemfo whose avocation is studying Hurston’s work.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. RSVP via AWWNM1@gmail.com For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. ZORA NEALE HURSTON
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Thur, May 18

 

STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN: NARRATIVES OF EARLY FEMINIST WRITERS

Megan Metcalf
Megan Metcalf

Megan Metcalf, Women’s Studies Specialist in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress will discuss her research process re the writings of early American feminists, and “what popular history gets wrong about American feminism”.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated. For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Kansas Kentucky Louisiana and Maine. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN: NARRATIVES OF EARLY FEMINIST WRITERS
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Tues, Apr 18

 

CLARE BOOTHE LUCE (1903-1987) HAD IT ALL

Michelle Easton
Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce
Clare Boothe Luce

American woman writer Clare Boothe Luce, Broadway playwright, Ambassador to Italy, U.S. Representative, war time journalist and Medal of Freedom honoree will be discussed by Michelle Easton, president of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are
required.
For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. CLARE BOOTHE LUCE (1903-1987) HAD IT ALL
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


2016

Thur, Oct 20

 

MEET NPR’S Senior Business Editor
Marilyn Geewax “Here & Now”!

PMarilyn Geewax
Marilyn Geewax

Marilyn Geewax, award-winning Senior Business Editor for National Public Radio, where she assigns, writes and edits, will discuss her career and women writing about business: noon, Thursday, Oct, 20, 2016 in the McLendon Room of the National Press Club. Ms. Geewax appears regularly to discuss economic issues on NPR’s midday Here & Now program.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are
required.
For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. MEET NPR's Senior Business Editor, Marilyn Geewax "Here & Now"!.
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Wed, Apr 6

 

STAND BY YOUR MAN: FIRST LADIES CAMPAIGNING

Patricia Krider
Patricia Krider

Before women got to vote in America in 1920, wives of presidential candidates were seen but not heard. The campaign trail demands much more now from candidate spouses. Patricia Krider, Executive Director of the First Ladies Museum and Library in Canton, Ohio will speak to that transformed arc at noon April 6 in the McLendon Room

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are
required.
For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. Stand by Your Man: First Ladies Campaigning.
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Wed, Mar 9

 

LET’S KEEP DANCING! PULITZER WINNER SARAH KAUFMAN TALKS ABOUT WRITING CULTURE

Sarah Kaufman
Sarah Kaufman

Pulitzer Prize winner Sarah Kaufman, dance critic for The Washington Post, will share her 20 years of experiences writing about arts, “cultural” events and sports--- with grace.

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are
required.
For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. Let's Keep Dancing. Pulitzer Winner Sarah Kaufman Talk's about Writing Culture.
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social


Wed, Feb 3

 

AWWNM CELEBRATES A 4th BIRTHDAY! with
ACTRESS BRENDA’S PORTRAYAL OF EUDORA WELTY’S WORK

Brenda Currin
Brenda Currin

In celebration of AWWNM’s 4th anniversary, Obie (Off Broadway) theatrical award winner, actress Brenda Currin, will perform the theatrical fantasia portion of her one-woman show “June Recital” based on the work of Pulitzer winner Eudora Welty (1909-2001).

All AWWNM programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are
required.
For more details, See News & Updates Page

50-state Project honors women writers from: Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska. For more details, See State-Meant 4 U Page

11:30-noon Meet & Greet
noon-1:00
p.m. Actress Brenda's Portrayal of Eudora Welty's Work
1:00-1:30
p.m. Questions and Social



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