Barbara Bixon, writing under the name A. R. Alan, has published thirteen books. She won awards for her short stories, and has sold comedic material to Joan Rivers. Her novels range from the hilarious in: Do I Flaunt My Fat, Or Jump Off A Bridge, and Confessions Of A Slut, to captivating mysteries like Fireflies and The Index Killer.
Besides writing, she is proud that she’s helped save thousands of acres of forests in the N.Y. and N.J. Ramapo Mountains. Barbara gives book talks and writing workshops for Florida communities, charitable organizations, and libraries.
Lea Hope Becker is a licensed attorney and tax preparer who has been writing and publishing books since 2008. She has five titles currently on Amazon, three memoirs and two recent full-length books, which she describes as “novels laced with humor.” She also composes poems which tell of the joys and frustrations of her various life experiences. She holds a law degree and bachelor’s degree from De Paul University in Chicago.
Lea Hope Becker
Elaine Bossik is a novelist and screenwriter. Her debut novel, The Last Victim, is a literary romance about a family dominated by a mother obsessed with hoarding money. Elaine’s novel is available on her website, Amazon, and B&N.
As a staff writer for Scriptologist.com, Elaine writes articles for aspiring screenwriters. After receiving BA and MS degrees from Brooklyn College in NY, Elaine pursued multiple careers – teacher, advertising copywriter, magazine editor, and medical writer.
Elaine conducts book talks, book club and panel discussions, and writing workshops.
Helen Brower, author of Rehab is Murder, is a native New Yorker who has lived in South Florida for the past 18 years. She was a freelance writer, contributing articles and commentary to major travel and lifestyle publications. Helen also wrote numerous travel guidebooks. In addition to traveling the globe, Helen lived in several European capitals, including Amsterdam and Rome. She’s a certified culture vulture, and is especially passionate about theater, the visual arts and classic Hollywood movies. Her Ebook is available from Amazon.
Dr. Joan Cartwright is an internationally-known vocalist, composer, and author of fourteen books. She holds a BA in Music/Communications, a MA in Communications, a DBA in Business Marketing, and is professor of Speech Communications at Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL.
In 2014, Joan was honored as the first Lady Jazz Master in Atlanta, GA. Legacy Magazine named her among the Top 25 Women of Color in Business and Leadership in 2016. She received the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Jazz Hero Award in 2019. Joan produced two CDs with her music – Feelin’ Good and In Pursuit of a Melody.
Joan is CEO of FYI Communications, Inc., a marketing company. Her non-profit, Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. (WIJSF), promotes women musicians globally. She hosts podcasts featuring women composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists on MUSICWOMAN Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman). Joan owns MJTV Network with her daughter Mimi Johnson and acts in two sitcoms, Last Man and Women@Work.
Dr. Joan R. Cartwright
Meryl Davids Landau is an award-winning book and magazine writer. Her latest novel, Warrior Won, will be published in May 2019. It is a sequel to her prior novel, Downward Dog, Upward Fog, which Foreword Reviews named a fiction-book-of-the-year finalist. Meryl is also the author of a book of essays, Enlightened Parenting. Her magazine articles have been published everywhere from O: The Oprah magazine and Reader’s Digest to Medium and Vice.
Meryl Davids Landau
Bea Doone-Merena is an accomplished artist who has mastered the art of classical realism. Her award-winning oil paintings are reminiscent of Renaissance masters. Bea’s portraits and figure paintings have been exhibited in numerous Florida galleries and museums, including the Armory Art Center, the Palm Beach Cultural Council, Schmidt Gallery at Lynn University, the Boca Raton Museum Artist Guild, and other venues. Bea’s creativity also extends to clothing design. She continues to study the techniques of the old masters and create outstanding paintings.
Maria Choron is an artist and the author of One Magical Night, a children’s book. She grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, and was a student at both city colleges. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Florida Atlantic University. She later attended art classes at the Boca Raton Museum of Art School.
Maria is past President of the Boca Raton Friends of the Library. She received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the City of Boca Raton for her years of volunteer work in local venues, including the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Brenda Dressler, PhD, a Human Sexuality and HIV/AIDs Prevention educator, is a visiting professor/consultant at Touro College in New York City during the summer months. In addition to writing seven HIV/AIDS Prevention Education curricula for grades K-6, that were published and used in schools in 48 states, she was awarded ten research grants and continues to present at conferences.
In the summer of 2010, Brenda taught a workshop on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education at the Hebrew University in Israel. She also taught HIV/AIDS Prevention in Uganda at Kampala University Treatment Centers and in primary and secondary schools.
Currently, Brenda is writing a book, Sex Beyond 60: Myths and Fact
Dr. Brenda Dressler
Elisa Eisenman is a retired educator and registered art therapist. She earned an MPS degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. She helped found the New York Art Therapy Association and is a member of the Florida Art Therapy Association. She was a pioneer in bringing art therapy into the public school system in New York and Jersey City. Sculpture and the visual arts were her first means of creative expression. Since 2005, Elisa has pursued volunteerism, Judaic studies, storytelling and choral singing in Florida. Finding a balance in life, is her greatest creative challenge!
Sheila Firestone is a composer, holds a M.S. Ed degree, is the Music Chair of the Boca Raton NLAPW since 2003, and Branch President since 2014.
As a Delian Society member, her orchestral works were performed in Seattle WA, France, England, and Japan. Sheila’s Trio and Dance was performed in Washington DC. Her choral work, Abraham Lincoln, was published in the NLAPW, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln Commemorative Collage.
In 2016 she won 2nd Place in the National Vinnie Ream Music Competition. Sheila was Patroness President of the University of Miami Music Fraternity (1996-2005), which dedicated annual concerts to her works. She founded Songs for a New Day, publishing whole-language songs and activities.
Fran Mann Goodman is an abstract expressionist artist and art teacher who has been featured on national television, in women magazines and in The New York Times. She received her formal training at Chouinard Art Institute (CAL ARTS). Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Florida.
Fran’s career includes entrepreneur, advocate for women’s rights, seminar leader, keynote speaker, screenwriter and radio host. She conducts local art workshops and demonstrations, and has won recognition for her paintings and art classes.
Fran is the Art Education Fund Chair of the Delray Beach Art League; a member of the Art Students League, and National Association of Women Artists.
Fran Mann Goodman
Alexandra Goodwin is a business owner, novelist and poet. She was born in Buenos Aires,
Argentina and moved to the U.S. in the 1970s.
Alexandra’s first novel, Exchange at the Border, published in 2015, was a finalist at the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. Her book, Whispers of the Soul, is an illustrated book of poems. Her poem, For Eyal, Naphtali, and Gil-Ad, was a finalist at the Anna Rosenberg Annual Poetry Contest.
Alexandra writes in both English and Spanish, and is currently at work on a short story collection in Spanish and two poetry books in English and Spanish.
Jo Jo Harder has worn many different hats, as a model, flight attendant, fashion designer, stylist, freelance writer, author and producer. Her fashion designs which sold in fine stores such as Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor are housed at the Goldstein Museum of Fashion in Minnesota. Jo Jo’s book, Diva Dogs: A Style Guide to Living the Fabulous Life, inspired America’s Top Dog Model ® Contest. America’s Top Dog Model ® Golden Paw Awards, which she wrote and produced, aired on WPTV and The Esquire Network in 2014. Jo Jo makes special appearances and is available for book talks and coaching.
Jo Jo Harder
Dayle Herstik has been writing since her teens. Her collection of poems, When We Were Perfect, reflects her thoughts and feelings which evolved over the years. Her collection of flash fiction, Life Happens, is based on her true life experiences. She is presently working on her next publication based on her philosophy of life as it relates to nature. It can be said that she was influenced by her mother, Ruth Grande Halle, who was a member of the Boca Raton Branch of Pen Women.
Vera Ripp Hirschhorn is an educator and award-winning poet and author of the America’s Young Heroes series of books, including Teens Are Heroes Too! and I’m Somebody & So Are You!
Her educational resources have been endorsed in Palm Beach County schools and universities such as ASU and FAU. Teachers have implemented them to help students prevent bullying and promote respect for each other’s diversities through the arts. U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch has praised her work in the 112th U.S. Congressional Records.
Vera offers workshops for educators.
Vera Ripp Hirschhorn, M.S.
Marlene Klotz’s writing career began in 1976 with the publication of her first poem in The American Journal of Nursing. Her next poem, A Mountain of Shoes, was accepted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. to be included in their permanent archives.
Marlene is a poet, playwright, freelance writer and the author of six books. Her two books of illustrated nursery rhymes, Alphabet Zoo and Animal Quackers provide early readers with a fun-filled learning experience. She is currently working on a children’s book titled: Another Baby to Love. Contact Marlene for speaking engagements & book orders.
Marleen Pasch (aka Madeleine Parish) is a novelist and essayist whose work on health, healing and spirituality often appears in journals (Breath and Shadow, The Phoenix Spirit) and anthologies (My Body of Knowledge, and Dozen). Her newest novel, At the End of the Storm, is available on Amazon.
As a writing coach and editor, Marleen helps students, business people and aspiring authors find their Power on the Page. Before moving to Florida, she was a member of the Connecticut Festival of Words planning committee. She has lectured in universities and conducted writing workshops for both established and emerging writers.
After graduating from Cornell University, she was an award-winning corporate communications executive. She is a member of the National Women’s Book Association and the National League of American PEN Women.
M. J. Putnik, is a Boynton Beach, Florida, resident, playwright, screenwriter and published author. She is currently writing a supernatural television series and directing and producing an original play.
Michelle J. Putnik
Penelope Love, MA, is the publisher of Citrine Publishing. A professional editor since 1997, she was the Editor of Counselor Magazine and has edited for Barnes & Noble, HCI of Chicken Soup for the Soul and dozens of authors published traditionally and independently. She has worked in all areas of publishing, including editing, proofreading, layout, cover design, ebook conversion, website management, marketing and sales as a publishing director.
Penelope was recognized as Outstanding Master’s Graduate by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stetson University. She resides with her family in Fort Lauderdale, where she is completing her own memoir.
As founder and director of the Center for Spiritual Living, Boca Raton, Dr. Barbara Lunde has been a spiritual leader in South Florida since 1981. She is best known for her inspiring, uplifting and life-changing lectures. She is a gifted orator and teacher. Her recognizable voice from her frequent radio broadcasts on spirituality and positive living have been heard throughout the country. Dr. Barbara has delivered thousands of lectures and inspirational messages over the years and continues to this day, empowering everyone lucky enough to hear her speak.
Dr. Barbara Lunde
Roberta Melman’s love of painting began when she was a child and was enrolled in art classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her total immersion into the world of color and creation brought her joy and still does. Roberta studied at Moore College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, where she was also a docent.
Roberta designed and hand painted clothing for boutiques, and fabrics for designers. Her oil on canvas paintings are subjective and impressionistic. She paints figures, landscapes, florals, and subjects that make her feel, “I must paint this.”
- Linda A. Mohr is an author, entrepreneur, and educator. She wrote the memoir, Tatianna—Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend, honored with six awards, including Merial Human-Animal Bond. Her poetry and essays have received Cat Writers’ Muse Medallion awards and state Pen Women awards. Her essays have appeared in five anthologies, including Thin Threads—Women and Friendship and The Light Between Us. She studied under Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco at Omega Institute. Her poetry can be found in la Joie, as well as in anthologies such as The Light Within. She blogs at Catnip Connection. Visit her author page at http://amzn.to/1I10vQi
Mimi Paris was an advertising copywriter, editorial secretary for Newsday, and interior designer. She published two, can’t-put-down, thriller novels: Anna’s Two Wars, optioned by Wait A Minute Productions, a NYC film company, and One Man’s Revenge. Her third, No Choice But Murder, is a novel in progress. Mimi’s human interest stories, travel stories and interior design column appeared in NY newspapers and magazines. Mimi traveled the world and now is writing award-winning poetry and picking up her brush for her second passion as a watercolorist.
Lee Ravine’s memoir, Riding Solo My Journey Through Love And Madness, chronicles a journey through love and lust, disillusionment and deceit, and ultimately survival. Her novel Villa Paraiso, reveals the secrets and lies hidden inside a gated, 55+ resort lifestyle community on Florida’s Gold Coast. Villa Paraiso is definitely not your garden variety revelation. When Lee is not busy writing, she offers entertaining and informative programs to clubs and organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.
Etta Schaeffer is a graduate of C. W. Post College in Long Island, NY and holds BA and Masters Degrees.
After teaching in the Criminal Justice Department at C. W. Post College, Etta was Director of the Community School Program for the Town of Huntington, N. Y. Youth Bureau for ten years. She started writing poetry in 2003, after taking a class with Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States.
Etta has had numerous essays and articles published and is the recipient of poetry prizes.
Email: Etta RSJ@aol.com
Sandi Schwartz is a freelance writer, editor, and blogger who has published hundreds of articles on parenting, wellness, and environmental issues. Her bylines include Chicken Soup for the Soul, Scary Mommy, Motherly, Very Well Family, Environmental Defense Fund’s Moms Clean Air Force, The Gottman Institute’s blog, Green Child Magazine, and over 60 regional parenting magazines. Prior to freelancing, she held communications positions in the environmental field at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Academy of Sciences, and Cadmus, an environmental and energy consulting firm. She is currently working on a parenting book that highlights nature-based stress reduction tools for families.
Websites: www.sandischwartz.com; www.happysciencemom.com
A graduate of Bennington College, Bunny Shulman initiated a School of Performing Arts for children and adults. Fully engaged in the world of dance, Ms. Shulman choreographed and performed with various professional companies in the New York area. After retiring from the stage, her attention turned to the written word. Themes of family, love and desire are evident in her seven published novels, her skills evident in the scope of her novels. Keira’s Story is a novel of betrayal and hope where the power of love travels an unforeseen path. After Aida, published in 2019, is a novel of change, the arts, and freedom.
Mary Unterbrink has been a Pen Woman for 25 years. She has written over one hundred magazine articles and is the author of three books: Jazzwomen at the Keyboard, Funny Women, and Manatees, Gentle Giants. She has published haiku poetry and produced four short plays in local theaters.
Mary studied watercolor, sculpture and mixed media at the Boca Raton Museum Art School. She is a member of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society. She won many awards over the years for her art. Mary continues to experiment with color and textures.
Dr. Pearlena Wallace is an author of several personal finance books, including Millionaire in the Mirror. She is a motivational speaker and personal financial consultant. Dr. Wallace has dedicated her career to helping women become more financially secure. Dr. Wallace is a graduate of Michigan State University and is also a professional negotiator.
Dr. Pearlena Wallace
Carol White is a seven time award-winning novelist, playwright and freelance writer.
Her essays and columns have been published by The Sun Sentinel, Writers Journal, Insight for Playwrights, Working Writers, Woman’s World, The Florida Writer, and Senior Scene. She is a frequent fiction contributor to the East Hampton Star Newspaper.
Her organizations: South Florida Theatre League, Florida Writers Association, Florida Mystery Writers, and National Women’s Book Association. She was the former Executive Producer for the Boca Raton Theatre Guild.
Carol moderates playwriting and memoir workshops, and is a popular speaker at libraries and women’s groups in south Florida.
Dr. Patricia Williams is a novelist and teacher. She blogs on financial issues for women at profpat.com. As Professor of Accounting at Fordham University, she published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. She taught courses on money management for the Brandeis University Alumni Association.
In 2013, Patricia completed the Stanford University Certificate Program in Writing. Her short story, A Slippery Slope, won first place in Florida Writers Group Creative Writing Competition. Her debut novel, The Two Weddings of Zhao Ping, was inspired while teaching at the University of Beijing. It was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest and was short-listed for the Chanticleer Somerset Novel Writing Contest. Her most recent publication, E-Vengeance, is a story of deception and revenge.
Dr. Williams holds an MA, MBA and PhD in accounting.
Dr. Patricia Williams