About US

National League of American Pen Women Denver Branch Mission Statement  Our mission is to support and advance the development and success of writers, artists, and composers within our branch membership as well as within the metropolitan Denver community. We will foster education, professionalism, creativity, and recognition of artistic talent. At a meeting of the Colorado Federation of Women’s Clubs in Colorado Springs, September 21, 1921, Nellie Burget Miller called a group of women together to form a temporary organization of Pen Women. At a Poetry Lover’s Feast that evening, plans were made to assemble credentials of members and to make application for a charter for a Colorado Branch of NLAPW. In 1923, the permanent charter for the Denver Branch was received, with five charter members, including Nellie Burget Miller as the first President. She was named Colorado’s Poet Laureate in 1952 by then Governor William B. Sweet. Members of the Denver Branch strive to produce literary, artistic and/or musical works of high quality, to promote good fellowship among members, and to mutually encourage others engaged in the creative arts. Members (except for Provisional) receive The Pen Woman magazine, the official publication of NLAPW.  A national roster is published every two years.

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Denver Branch Officers, 2014

Executive Board

PRESIDENT Ruthy Wexler

VICE PRESIDENT Diane Chambers

SECRETARY Kelly Ann Compton

TREASURER Kelly Ann Compton

Committee Chairs

ART Sheila Wright

AUDITOR/ BUDGET Marie Kriss

DIRECTORY Marie Kriss

HISTORIAN Jody Hinrichs

HOSPITALITY Jody Hinrichs

INSPIRATION Juanita Pope

MEMBERSHIP Marie Kriss

LIAISON TO TAPESTRY FOR PEACE Marie Kriss

LIAISON TO POETRY TO GO Ann Klaiman

PROGRAM PLANNING Andrea Antico and Sue Luxa

PUBLICITY Sue Luxa

WEB MOTHERS Virginia Small, Ann Klaiman