THE STARS AMONG US–Featuring Virginia Franklin Campbell, Past National President

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about speaking the passion you have for our work… (Robin S. Sharma)    WHO ARE WE, AND WHO CAN WE BECOME…? By Virginia Franklin Campbell, National President for 2016-2018. As I contemplated penning this…

THE STARS AMONG US–Featuring Author, Cindi Carroll

The Stars Among Us is a new blog feature of this website. It’s purpose is to spotlight our members in order to better acquaint our branch members, as well as our blog subscribers, with who our members are, their creative accomplishments and any current news about their latest works. Today’s Luminary–Cindi Carroll Our spotlight today…

Poetry-in-the Schools Needs YOU!

The delight of helping students find their inner voices through poetry cannot be replicated. In times where testing, testing, testing, in the public schools takes a priority–and where creative teaching is subverted to fit into the boxes of the testing mode throughout the year, poetry often falls by the wayside. This retired teacher joined the…

Poetry Project Bridges Generation Gap

Who Would Have Thought? By Sarah Byrn Rickman, author /journalist, Pen Woman Fourth-graders and senior citizens working together to create poetry! That was the inspiring story that two dynamic members of the Des Moines Branch of NLAPW brought to life. Des Moines Branch President Laura Walth grasped the incentive from a curriculum titled “Poetry in…

Why Enter a Writing Contest?

Don’t Let Writer’s Fear Be An Insurmountable Obstacle to You! “But I’m not good enough, yet.” “I’m just not ready!” I often get responses like these when I encourage a beginner (or not so beginner) writer to enter our Flash Fiction Contest. It is almost always the fearful, “Maybe I’m not a good enough writer…