SWFL Pen Women Bios



The National League of 
     American Pen Women
          southwest Florida branch


 National League of American Pen Women SW Florida Branch

 Local Contact: Lorraine Walker Williams, President @  info@penwomenofswfl.org

 National Headquarters
    Pen Arts Building
    1300 17th St NW
    Washington, DC 20036-1973


​​ Gay Cable of Pine Island, Florida and Akron, Ohio is a jewelry designer and owner of Gay Cable Jewelry. Gay's unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings are sold in many upscale galleries and gift shops in Florida and Ohio. Gay uses fine gemstones and sterling silver in her beautiful jewelry.  facebook.com/gay.cable

Honey Costa came ashore in Cape Coral, Florida after 5 years on a sailboat, arriving in 1991. Living on the water has enabled her to capture the multifaceted beauty of the island people and their lifestyle as well as our local breathtaking vistas.Honey continues to capture these subjects here in the paradise of Southwest Florida and has sailed to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Cuba, and the Bahama Islands from her home in Cape Coral.She continues to win awards in area art shows and is an active member of SWFl Community Foundation, College Pkwy; the Fort Myers Beach Art Association, the Alliance of the Arts, McGregor Blvd., the Florida Artists’ Group (FLAG), Area 7 , and the National League of American Pen Women. A selection of her watercolors and mixed media can be seen at DAAS CO-OP Gallery, Royal Palm Sq., FM, Tues-Sat. 10-6. Her art can always be viewed at home by private appointment 542-7430.

Carol Thayer Cox is an art therapist and former professor at George Washington University. She seeks to understand how communication can offer healing through art, dance, music, or words. She is co-author of Telling Without Talking: Art as a Window into Multiple Personality (1995) and co-editor of Portrait of the Artist as Poet (2006) and Saying Goodbye to Our Mothers for the Last Time (2016).

Joyce (jd) Daniels holds a Doctor of Arts degree from Drake University.  Her award-winning fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications, including: THE BROAD RIVER REVIEW, The Sylvan Echo, The Elkhorn Review, Doorknobs & Body Paint at Berkeley, Fantastic  Flash, FICTION: AN ANTHOLOGY/Pandemonium Press, The National PEN Woman’s Online Magazine, THE LIGHT BETWEEN US/ Pen Women Press and riverbabble. She has been vetted into the Iowa Arts Council and the Poets and Writers directories. The Iowa Center of the Book also invited her inclusion. She has been an editor for Prairie Wolf Press Review, an annual online literary journal, since its beginning.  A performed reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City has been archived at the University of Iowa Library. A GIFT OF OLEANDER, Savvy Press, is the fourth of the Jessie Murphy Mystery Series due to be launched in March, 2018. www.live-from-jd.com

Cheryl Fausel combines realism with abstraction. Her work demonstrates pursuit of control with a heavy emphasis on design and composition. Color is important, and is based on the values needed to develop the painting. At the same time, a painting should tell a story, not immediately evident. An emotional reaction, as well as an interpretation of an idea is presented through design. Cheryl’s work is collected nationally as well as internationally. She has signature status in the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society and the Tri-State Watercolor Society. She is also a member of the Florida Artists Group and the National League of American Pen Woman. She is published in Watermedia of America Vol. II, A Walk Into the Abstract Vol. II and Splash 17, published July 2016, and the French magazine: The Art of Watercoulor. Her website: www.cherylafausel.com.

Joan Furia Klutch
is a painter and native New Yorker who lives on Sanibel Island Florida. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Long Island University, Southampton N. Y. Magna Cum Laude.  She is a member of the American Watercolor Society and has won many awards in the field of art.

Andrea Musgrove Perisho is a professional genealogist using genetic genealogy and traditional research techniques. Andrea serves as registrar of the Lawrence Kearny Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter assisting prospective members in their lineage research and is a member of the Lee County Genealogical Society and it’s Writers Group.
www.andreamusgroveperisho.com - a genealogy blog.

Marsha J. Perlman writes poetry and non-fiction prose. Spirit Life, her environmental poetry book won first place prize from NLAPW. Taste Life Twice, her current prose book is a memoir. Her writing appears in numerous anthologies, magazines and journals.  Marsha received a Fulbright to Great Britain, and was an invited Foreign Expert to China. She lives in Colorado and Florida.
Amazon Author Page/Marsha J. Perlman

Independent scholar and author Martha Lou Perritti began her writing career when most people start thinking about slowing down. She was 50 years old when she ventured into writing and book publishing.  See more at www.marthalouperritti.com

Barbara Taylor Sanders, B.A. is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction published books found on
Amazon Author Page/Barbara Taylor Sanders.  She’s shared the speaking platform with Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Dr. Billy Graham, and Elizabeth Dole. Businessman husband, Daryl Sanders played for the NFL. They currently reside in Cape Coral, FL. http.//goodreads.com/author/show/4769288.Barbara_Taylor_Sanders

Beverly Spana: Funktional Art began in 1997 with my first experience in glass painting which directed me to furniture painting, floor cloth painting, and glass fusing. Originally from Massillon, Ohio, I moved to Nokomis, Florida in 1966 at a young age with my family.
Inspiration: Loving what I do. 

Mary Kaye Stevens, author. Dissecting the past and preserving local history is Mary Kaye’s passion. Her first three books---Pine Island, Lee County Islands, and Fort Myers Beach--- reflect her love for island life. She also enjoys her pre-retirement career in education, through writing the curriculum and instructing an on-line course:  Writing for Non-fiction Publication. 
Amazon Author Page/Mary Kaye Stevens

Cynthia Willaims` professional writing career includes creative non-fiction, fiction, narrative history and television copywriting. Cynthia is a monthly contributor of narrative histories of Fort Myers to the Sunday Tropicalia magazine section of the Fort Myers News-Press, and she has a bi-weekly column in the “Cape Life” section of the News-Press. Beginning with her story, “Lee in Texas,” scheduled for the December 2018 issue, she will be publishing also in American History Magazine. In 2017, Cynthia published Hidden History of Fort Myers (The History Press), and in 2018, Random House (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers) will publish her children’s book, Me and the Sky. Cynthia has completed a YA historical novel, and is currently working on a three-part, psychological-mystery, titled BANYAN, whose fictionalized setting is the historic Burroughs Home in downtown Fort Myers. Cynthia’s short works are available at www.cyn1020.com.

Sara Williams is the author of suspense novels: The Don Juan Con, The Serenoa Scandal, One Big Itch, and a novella and short stories, Millie McCall's Full Moon Poker Night. The Don Juan Con was optioned by Robert Evans Paramount. The Serenoa Scandal was a SWFL PBS Magazine feature. One Big Itch was featured at The Miami Book Fair International, and Full Moon Poker Night was commissioned for a poker mystery collection, Four of a Kind. Sara reviewed books for WritersaRereaders.com and has made numerous radio and TV appearances. Sara is a member of Mystery Writers of America She made guest appearances at the Sleuth Fest and Bouchercon mystery conventions. She does talks for aspiring writers and guest appearances at various Friends of the Library events. E-mail: swnovelist@gmail.com. www.sarawilliamsnovels.com. 

Lorraine Walker Williams: Author of five books of poetry: Simply Sanibel Poems, Split Poems, Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. Lorraine has received first place awards for her poetry from the National League of American Pen Women, Artists Embassy International, Gulf Coast Writers and Sanibel Writers Conference and has read at the Library of Congress, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco and PBS Arts Edition. She is the recipient of two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grants in poetry. Creator of ArtPoems, a collaboration of artists and poets, she was named Literary Artist of the Year by the Alliance for the Arts in Florida. Lorraine follows her passion with a weekly poem in her column “Poetry Place” for SantivaChronicle.com. Connect with her at