Current Member News
Libby Collins and Barbara O’Shea were juried into the Greenwich Art Society 101st Annual Juried Exibition at the Bendheim Gallery with on March 16. The show ends April 13, 2018.
The next book discussion at the Perrot Memorial Library to be facilitated by a Greenwich Pen Women member will be held Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rand Room of the library. Barbara Ehrentreu will facilitate a discussion of A Gentleman In Moscow. Light refreshments will be served. The final session will with Sarah Darer Littman—September 24.
Claudia Dumschat is happy to report that The Boys and Girls Choirs of the Church of the Transfiguration have been invited for residency next summer at the historic St. Albans Cathedral in England, where they will sing in daily evensongs and a Sunday mass. Claudia, Director of Music at the church, notes that the boys and girls of both choirs are thrilled.
Barbara Ehrentreu and Kay Langan are pleased to announce their honorable mention wins in the National League of American Pen Women, 2017 Vinnie Ream Awards, Barbara for poetry, You’ll Probably Forget Me: Living With and Without Hal—Poems of Loss, and Kay Langan, nonfiction, A Memoir, The Journey Home.
Barbara O’Shea and Margaret Esmé Simon have both been accepted into the “Spectrum” show at the Carriage Barn. The judge was Hilary Lewis, chief curator and creative director at the Glass House. The opening will be Friday, April 20, from 6:00—8:00 p.m. and the show will be up until Thursday, May 24. The Carriage Barn is located in beautiful Waveny Park, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00–5:00 PM.
Margaret Simon’s “Afternoon Tea” and Barbara O’Shea’s photograph, “StrikeAPose”
Margaret Esmé Simon’s painting, “Sunflowers,” was juried into the Rowayton Arts Center Spring Show. Barbara O’Shea was also juried into the show and was also asked to be part of an artist talk at the gallery, along with five other exhibiting members. The opening reception was Sunday, March 4, and the show continued until March 31.
Margaret Simon’s “Sunflowers”
Spotlight: Diane Morello
Welcome new Letters member, Diane Morello!
Diane’s love of writing crystallized in her final semester at University of Connecticut in Storrs. She had all the credits for her undergraduate degree but needed one more course to remain a full-time student. She took a chance and enrolled in an elective on journalism and publishing. She was smitten: Writing became her vocation.
From then on, all her energy went into writing articles, publishing research, and developing material for magazines, newspapers, and corporations. She investigated topics as varied as international tariffs, Florida real estate, software operating systems, and technology-driven workforce trends at The St. Petersburg Times and Florida Trend magazine in southwest Florida; the Journal of Commerce in New York City; and Electronic Design and Engineering Tools magazines in New Jersey.
In 1990, she saw an opening at Gartner Inc., a Stamford-based technology advisory company that published analysis about the changes, decisions, and impacts in the burgeoning IT field. The fit and the timing were perfect. Over the next 27 years she advanced from a business technology writer to a research analyst to a Gartner Fellow, the highest achievement within the body of analysts. She wrote more than 300 research notes, earned two thought leadership awards, keynoted five or six global events, and added her byline to publications such as The Wall Street Journal. Quite a ride!
In 2016 she turned her energy to writing fiction, fantasy, and memoir. She keeps her practice honed through conferences, workshops, classes, blogging, freelance assignments, and writing critiques. She is currently working on three novels and a series of short stories, with the aim of submitting one or more to literary agents within the year. She is pleased to be a new member of Greenwich Pen Women and looks forward to the critiques, collaboration, and engagement.