Contact and Membership Information

If you are interested in learning more about the CNY Pen Women please fill out the comment section below.  Include your name, email and nature of interest.

We are currently accepting membership applications in Arts, Letters and Music.  Please state your interest in membership in the comment section below and someone will contact you.

For more information about membership in the CNY Branch of The National League of American Pen Women visit the following link:



Joan Applebaum – Membership Chair
7100 Coventry Road South
East Syracuse, NY 13057

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Criteria for Membership______

Letters – Professional women eligible for letters membership include authors, co-authors, advertising sales promoters, compilers, dramatists, editors, genealogists, lecturers, librettists, lyric writers, periodical writers, photo journalists, poets, press writers, script writers for communication media or motion pictures, research workers, and musicologists. Required credentials must include proof of publication and payment.

Art – Professional women eligible for the art membership include architects, cartoonists, craftswomen, designers, graphic artists, illustrators, painters, photographers, and sculptors. Credentials submitted must include proof of payment for works or services and, for exhibiting artists, proof of work accepted in three juried exhibitions. In addition, the painter, sculptor, craftsman, or graphic artist must show proof of work accepted for at least three select juried exhibitions.

Composition in Music and Dance ~ Professional women eligible for the music membership may present original compositions or original creative arrangements that have been professionally published or performed in a public forum. Choreographers shall present notated scores or video or filmed performances. Credentials shall be accompanied by proof of payment, or salary, for creating and directing the work submitted.


Roster:  Joan Applebaum, Sallie Bailey, Lorraine Arsensault, Linda Bigness-Lanigan, Sheila Byrnes, Evelyn Dankovich, Jeanne Dupre, Joy Englehart, Janet Fagal, Marilyn Forth, Mary Lynch Gardner, Diana Godfrey, Wendy Harris, Rachael Ikins, Mary Kester, Bobbie Panek, Georgia Popoff, Mary Raineri, Pearl Newton Rook, Joan Stier, Sr. Frances Ann Thom, Katie Turner, Shirley Waters

As a 501(C)(3),the NLAPW is afforded unique opportunities to serve its mission to “encourage, recognize, and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in Art, Letters, and Music, and through outreach activities provide educational, creative, and professional support to members and non-members in these disciplines,” in our times.

The Central New York Branch was organized in 1926 by Mrs. Robert Molyneux. Each year, the Central NY Branch co-sponsors a Poetry Contest with the Syracuse newspapers. Other activities include poetry readings, art exhibits and monthly meetings which feature speakers involved in the worlds of Art, Music, Literature, Theatre and Journalism.

Our CNY Branch of the NLAPW welcomes new members who are professionals in their field. Our luncheon meetings are held monthly from September through May. Speakers include authors, artists, journalists, and others noted for their achievements in various disciplines in the arts.  Qualifications and membership forms can be found on the web page of the National League of American Pen Women National Organization.

Many of our CNY Branch members have held national positions, including the current National Letters Membership Chair.  They have also had articles, artwork and poetry published in The Pen Woman and contributed writings to the book Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln.  One member recently published her first novel, and another was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.  In addition, many have received recognition in national juried art shows and poetry contests.

In the recent past, the CNY Branch has held exhibits and poetry readings at the Szozda Gallery, Petit Library and Canastota Library.  Programs have included a joint art/letters retreat at the Downtown Writers’ Center and a day at a member-owned Yoga center.

The future is bright for this organization.  Under new leadership, many exciting programs and events are being planned.  And recruitment is underway to acquire bright, talented members who will contribute to our growth and vitality.

History – Purpose

The NLAPW offers a place for women artists, writers, composers and choreographers to and enrich their professional lives through networking, professional development, exhibits, concerts, publications and service to the community.

When the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. was founded in 1897, women journalists were not permitted to join the National Press Club. There were few women artists recognized as having equal talents as their male counterparts, and even fewer women composers whose works were performed by professional musicians. Throughout the NLAPW’s 100 year history, NLAPW members such as Vinnie Ream, Eudora Welty, Pearl Buck, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amy Beach and Carrie Jacobs Bond, have illustrated how deep, strong and meaningful the contribution of women’s voices, minds and hands are to the Arts.

Today, the NLAPW consists of 130 branches in 33 states, with 20 State Associations and 162 Members-at-Large. There are over 2,600 professional women artists, writers, composers, and choreographer members of the League, some in large cities such as New York, Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay area, and Honolulu, and others in rural areas, such as Vermont, the Dakotas and on the Big Island of Hawaii. From Mississippi Delta public schools to Boca Raton women’s correctional facilities, from Hawaii’s Girls Court to after-school centers in Washington, D.C., Pen Women have experienced first-hand the personal enrichment that comes from arts engagement.

The NLAPW offers Membership-at-Large, providing women artists in remote areas full membership benefits, as well as associate and student memberships.

The NLAPW publishes a nationally-distributed quarterly magazine, The Pen Woman, which includes features, poetry, and artwork by members from all over the country and maintains a web site ( In 2009, the League’s own press published an anthology of works by members dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln.

The NLAPW National Headquarters, the Pen Arts Building, provides a venue for Art, Music and Letters programs that serve the local community in Washington, D.C. and a home away from home for traveling Pen Women members.

NLAPW Copyright © 2013
phone – 202-785-1997
fax – 202-452-8868

1300 Seventeenth Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-1973

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