We are pleased to announce that Pen Parentis has been chosen to receive a 2017 Amazon Literary Partnership grant. This support will specifically help us to continue to provide resources to writers...
We are staggered by all of the marvelous authors who read for us in our fifteenth season of Salons in Lower Manhattan.
Our encore Salon on June 13, 2017, featured multiply international-bestselling author Jennifer Probst who told us stories of how she and her husband reacted after 20 years of rejection letters to receive an offer for a seven-figure advance on a novel that had itself been rejected by multiple houses. Critically acclaimed author Marcy Dermansky revealed that preschool can be a great benefit to a single mother who needs to write – she managed to finish the novel that will ensure food on the table for the next year in only a little over six months thanks to that writing time. Chicago-based author Gint Aras reminded us all that guilt is not to be taken lightly – but must be overcome. He also declared that criticism is a dark mirror that reveals more about the limitations of the critic than the limitations of the writing. It was a gorgeous and inspiring night.
Many thanks to our benefactors for this season:
Andaz Wall Street
Amazon Literary Partners
Michael C Allen, CPAs
The Creative Engagement Fund
NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
and all of you wonderful individual donors who gave gifts ranging from $5 to $1000 at various times throughout the year. We can’t survive without your help and we are incredibly grateful to you for your past generosity.
If you would like to give us a boost towards next season, please click here.
(photo credit: Cynthia Pak)