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Letter from the Director — November 2017

Dear WWW Members,

New WWW programs are in the works. Take the opportunity to write and read with your fellow members at upcoming events.



December Holiday Luncheon

The WWW holiday luncheon, Dutch treat, is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 2, noon to 2 p.m., at the University Club, 200 East Brandeis Ave., Louisville. RSVP by Wed., Nov. 29 at If you’d like, bring a used book wrapped in news or recycled paper to exchange.



December Meeting

The next regular WWW meeting will be at the Jefferson County Free Public Library, 1250 Bardstown Road, on Thurs., Dec. 2. Come vote on the nominating committee’s slate of officers. Two-year member Diane Cruze just had her first publication and is nominated for director. Secretary nominee, Kim Esteran, joined us last year and writes poetry. Susan Bauer, a member for four years, writes poetry and is the treasure nominee.

Please remember to use the industry’s standard of double spaced, 12-point, Times Roman font when preparing copies of your work for distribution during regular meetings.



2018 WWW Spring Rejuvenation Conference

Mark your calendars for Sat., March 24, 2018, and the Seventh Annual WWW Spring Rejuvenation Conference. The conference committee is working on a dynamic program. The theme “How Do I Get My Words Out to the World” highlights keynote speaker George Ella Lyon, the 2015-16 Kentucky poet laureate. More info will come.



Holiday Gift Idea

Need a holiday gift for a writer? Buy her a WWW membership or invite her to the March conference; men are also welcome. Writers will appreciate these special gifts.



New Event

The board created a new reading thingy called WWW Readings and Respite. The first WWW R&R is set for Mon., Feb. 19, 2018. Gather at Fante’s Coffee, 2501 Grinstead Drive, 40206, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Fante’s menu includes soup, salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, wine, and beer. We hope you’ll enjoy this quarterly event. Invite your friends. Sign up to read at .



Fall Rites Falling into Winter Rites

Debbie Chartoff hosted the October Fall Rites at Fante’s, and Joan Dubay did likewise in November at her home. Writing with WWW friends is motivational. Winter Rites start in January; we’ll break for December. If you can host a Winter Rites at your house or coordinate one at a café or restaurant, contact .



November Readings

The November meeting and readings at the Bards Town experienced a standing room only crowd. Nine ladies were dancing. Well really, they were reading. Our jig welcomed fall with pumpkin pie, coffee, spiders, a hunter, a special Thanksgiving dinner, and autumn leaves. We could not be more autumnal.

Kim Esteran poems –
On a Hill Far Away; Mir’s Morning Run; Realms; I Will Say Yes; and Pumpkin Pie

Diane CruzeLost

Cheri PowellThe Aroma of Coffee

Holly HinsonThe Prodigal

Kim CrumAlong Came a Spider

Janet FingerThe Hunter

Irene SulyevichHow I Cheated on the Black Sea

Joan DubayHomeless

Selene Phillips poems –
Anti-Warrior, Plains and Grasses and Winds and Cones, Moniakwe, and
Crisp Autumn Leaves

By a unanimous vote, members opted to retire the distance membership.



Fall Retreat Memoirs

The fall retreat at the Hopscotch House produced a bountiful harvest of writings. Group photos and other pictures appear at



Member News

Diane Cruze’s first two literary journal publications appear in the Sky Island Journal’s online fall issue. Report your good news at .



Coming Events

Attend the Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 18 at Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington. Children’s day is Nov. 17.



Annual Memoirs Contest

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville’s founder and executive director Karen Ackerson invites WWW to participate in their Annual Memoirs Contest. The group seeks world-wide entries. Deadline is Nov. 30, 2017. The Southeast’s only non-profit literary center serves readers and writers of all backgrounds. Past advisory board members include Kurt Vonnegut, Peter Matthiessen, E.L. Doctorow, Eudora Welty, Alex Haley and Don De Lillo. The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville, NC 28805, 828-254-8111, . Find guidelines and awards at



Belize Writers’ Retreat

Malcolm X’s eldest daughter, Ambassador Shabazz, joined WWW a few years ago. The now Belize ambassador-at-large lived in Louisville while a visiting professor. A writer’s retreat will be held in the spring of 2018 in Belize hosted by Joey Garcia. See details at



Louisville Writing Project Poetry

Authors Maria Josefa Reyes and John T. Bensing have invited WWW to write and share poems at the Louisville Writing Project Poetry network at the University of Louisville on Sat., Dec. 9, from 10:30 to noon, in Education 110. See



The Passage Between

The Passage Between editor Mikayli Cahill is looking for poems, short fiction, true stories, and artwork for the January 2018 issue with a December 15th, 2017 deadline. The transatlantic literary magazine is based in Dublin, Ireland, and Iowa. Submissions are accepted from the U.S., Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Learn more at and .

Gashkadino-giizie is Ojibwe for November. At Thanksgiving, wine glasses clink, turkeys are gobbled, cranberries glitter, potatoes are smashed, squash becomes squishy, and corn marches around like little kernels. Ojibwe serve sacred manoomin, or wild rice, granted to the people of the land by the Great Spirit. It’s a dish full of blessings. It should always be a time for giving thanks.

Miigwech means thank you in Ojibwe. Chi-miigwech is a big thank you. Please come to the holiday lunch and my last meeting as the WWW director in December. I have a little something for each one of you.


Selene Phillips
Director, Women Who Write

A place, a space, a voice

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