Pen Women set to publish book of poetry

The creation of the new publication was the responsibility of, from left, Deborah Weir, Joyce French, Kay Langan and Catherine Stahl.

The creation of the new publication was the responsibility of, from left, Deborah Weir, Joyce French, Kay Langan and Catherine Stahl.

The Greenwich Pen Women have a way with words and on Oct. 21 they’ll prove it with the publication of Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women, a book of poetry produced by the organization, which is a branch of the National League of American Pen Women. This is the second poetry book published by this branch following their 1993 publication, Women’s Voices of the ‘90s.

A generation later, the poems reflect many of the same concerns — with one difference. This generation’s poetry includes many political issues. The new book features 103 of the 180 poems received from 30 National League of American Pen Women branches in a national poetry contest. Many of the poems include line drawings by 12 Greenwich Pen Women artists.

Leigh Grant, a Greenwich member, won first prize for her poem The Place That You Found. As a descendant of the Higgins family, she grew up on the property that will host the book launch party. The Tomes-Higgins House is a landmark on five acres in central Greenwich. Calvert Vaux, one of the architects of New York City’s Central Park, designed this Victorian home in 1861.

A second prize-winning poem, Walking Toward Each Other by Marybeth Weston, is the lyrics for music by her husband. Greenwich Pen Women music members, Claudia Dumschat and Julie Dolphin, will perform it during the book launch.

For more information see GreenwichPenWomen.org.

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