"I’ve Got a Pen & I’m not Afraid to Use It” Kicks Off ”Fall for Women” Season

Women artists take center stage this fall at a series of four enlightening, engaging and enjoyable events, starting with published authors Kristina Bicher, Lisa Jardine, Annabel Monaghan and Andrea Raynor in a panel discussion about writing on Thursday September 18th, 7:00-9:00 pm in the Performing Arts Room at The Rye Arts Center (51 Milton Road, Rye).

Moderated by Camille Rankine, award winning poet and Assistant Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College, this will be an engaging evening of contemporary conversation about the importance of finding your voice, carving out time for yourself and going back to school (at any age!) The writers will discuss multiple genres and writing opportunities such as blogs, journals, travel writing, memoir, essays, fiction and poetry. Wine and cheese will be served. A raffle will be held to benefit The Rye Arts Center’s Outreach Programs. The event cost is $25 per person.

The series continues with a Women Artist Showcase on Sunday October 5th, a two-session Memoir Writing Workshop on Saturday October 25th and November 1st with Susan Hodara and Joan Potter, two of the four authors of Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance with Our Mothers, and an encore performance of She Said What? Ladies’ Comedy Night, on Thursday, November 6th at 7:00pm featuring local talent Kim Berns along with comics Cory Kahaney and Regina DeCicco.

Helen Gates, Executive Director, explains, “The Fall for Women series at The Rye Arts Center is an exciting way for us to debut a diverse line-up of talented female visual artists, literary artists and performing artists. There are so many ways to express creativity and we are pleased that The Rye Arts Center remains a hub for artistic talent and a place for fun community events.”

About the Authors

Kristina Bicher’s, Just Now Alive, is slated for summer 2014 publication. A finalist in the New Women’s Voices Series (Finishing Line Press), Bicher’s poems have appeared in The Louisville Review, Catch & Release, Inkwell (winner of the Elizabeth McCormack Poetry Prize), The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Quiddity and others. She received a BA from Harvard University, an MA from Manhattanville College and is pursuing an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College.

Lisa Jardine has a B.S. from NYU and spent 10 years working for Merrill Lynch in their New York, Chicago and Tokyo offices. After raising four children, both in the U.S. and Japan, she went back to school to study creative writing at Manhattanville College where she received her M.F.A. She has written for CNN, The Japan Times, Metropolis Magazine and blogs at www.wasabiwabi.com. For the past year she wrote a weekly column called “The Westchester Wanderer” for Hometown Media. She also helps high school seniors around the world with their college application essays www.expatessay.com.

Annabel Monaghan is the author of the young adult novels A Girl Named Digit and Double Digit (Hougton Mifflin Harcourt), and is co-author of Click! The Girls Guide to Knowing What You Want and Making it Happen (Simon and Schuster). She also writes a bi-weekly column for The Rye Record and is the lifestyle columnist at The Week. Annabel has a degree in English from Duke University, an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania and a brief history as an investment banker. She lives in Rye, New York with her husband and three sons.

Andrea Raynor, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, is the Spiritual Counselor at Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice, and a published author. Raynor's first book, The Voice That Calls You Home is a compelling collection of essays reflecting Raynor's poignant experiences as a hospice chaplain, cancer survivor and chaplain at Ground Zero following 9/11. Incognito is Raynor's second nonfiction book, one that gives readers an intimate look into her personal life transformation. She lives with her family in Rye, NY, where she is also Chaplain to the Rye Fire Department. 



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