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President’s Message May 2019

This has been a month of travel for me for happy and sad reasons. My family held a memorial for my sister, Fran in Long Island, New York near where we grew up. Her children and grandchildren put together a video about her life. They truly honored their “Grammie.” It brought back many memories of growing up in the city. The good part, as with any reunion, was connecting with my diverse family. We then drove to Colorado for a grandson’s high school graduation. As we traveled, I noticed all the variety of colorful blooms from the dessert to the snow peaked mountains.


It reminds me that May also brings the flowering of new ideas. Our plans to revitalize the organization are coming to fruition. This month we finalized our fall conference. On September 28, 2019 we will join the Arizona Newspapers Association for a joint conference at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, Arizona.

The morning sessions will be the APW gathering and general meeting. The luncheon with a guest speaker and afternoon sessions will be of interest to both APW/ANA members. APW has not had an annual conference for a few years and this was one of my goals on becoming President. So be ready to hear more about the conference on our website and Facebook page.


The Rim Country Chapter has completed its school literacy project together with Gila County Library District and the Payson Book Festival, Inc. Through its after-school program, Payson Community Kids now has a book written and illustrated by the children that will be sold at the Payson Book Festival. Their MicrozineWorkshop with Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski and sixth-grade students at Rim Country Middle School produced many Micropoetry books.


Barbara Lacy, director of the Phoenix Chapter and I are planning a gathering of the Phoenix area members at her home on Saturday, June 22 , 10-11 a.m. Take an hour out of your day to join us. We would like to connect with all the Phoenix members. Plan to be there to get an update on APW happenings and future plans. Contact Barbara at


To promote APW, I am planning to attend an inaugural meeting in June of The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing #PhxLitServ, a network for creative writing community organizers to come together and work towards common goals. I hope to make some important contacts and reach new members. 


The Bylaws Committee continues to look at what needs changing in our evolving organization. As a member you can view the Bylaws on the member page of our website. We would be pleased to have member input for needed changes. If you don’t have the code for the member page contact our webmaster Jaimie Bruzenak


Keep Writing,


Marie Fasano

Arizona Professional Writers

Communications contest open; still time to publish winning entries

There’s still time to get a story in, a release out or a blog posted in order to to compete the 2015 APW Communications Contest. First-place winners of the statewide contest are eligible to compete in the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest.

All entries must have been published, issued, broadcast or e-published between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014.

The contest provides an opportunity to compete in a wide range of categories, and encourages and rewards excellence in communication. Entries are judged by leaders in their fields of expertise.

Arizona winners will be honored at the annual membership meeting in the spring, and national contest winners will be featured at the NFPW 2015 Annual Communications Contest Awards Banquet during the national conference, Sept. 10-12, in Anchorage, Alaska.

All work must be submitted electronically with exceptions for a few categories where electronic entry may not be possible: publications edited by entrant (for example, entire newspapers or magazines) and books. The entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 9. For work that must be submitted in hard-copy format, the entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 2.

For more information, visit the APW Communications Contest page.

APW scholarship deadline extended to April 27

Arizona high school students, planning to study journalism at an Arizona university or community college in the fall of 2013, are invited to apply for the $500 Arizona Press Women Memorial Journalism Scholarship, sponsored by APW and the Arizona Newspapers Foundation. Application deadline is April 27, 2013.

Arizona Press Women, a statewide organization of professional communicators, established the annual $500 scholarship honoring the memory of Betty Latty-Hurlburt, a notable Phoenix journalist who passed away in 1997.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who intend to major in journalism at an accredited Arizona university or community college.  Requirements include filling out an application, a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, two published writing samples and a one-page letter or essay from the student that describes his/her background and the reasons he/she wants to pursue a career in journalism.

Click 2013 Scholarship Application for form and requirements. Questions? Contact scholarship chair Joan Westlake at 480-968-8902 or

Social media focus of May 4 conference in Scottsdale

Social Media for Writers and Journalists: What Works and Why

Saturday, May 4, 2013

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Chaparral Suites Conference Center, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road

Arizona Press Women’s state conference workshops are open to all  writers and those in the communication field.

8:00-10:00 a.m. – Registration

10:00 a.m.   “Fast-Forward Your Career with 21st Century Tools” by Pamela Bayless, a New York-based journalist, editor and marketing expert who grew her own career while providing website content for media, corporations and nonprofit groups. She says, “To reach a smart, sophisticated audience, you need to cut through the clutter using social media effectively.”

10:45 am.    “Social Media Law” by Ruth Carter,  an Arizona attorney who focuses on intellectual property and social media law. She wrote a book titled “The Legal Side of Blogging: How to Not Get Sued, Fired, Arrested or Killed.”

12:00            Lunch, followed by presentation of scholarships, NFPW At-Large Communications Awards and Speaker

“Social Media for Authors” — Kevin Hearne, an Arizona native and former high school English teacher, is the New York Times best-selling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, a series of urban fantasy novels published by Random House/Del Rey. His sixth book, Hunted, will be released on June 25. As an unknown author, he created memorable characters in his first book, then landed an agent and a contract for three novels, published in 2011, and two more last year. Hearne gained local, national and international fans by combining a website, blog and social media to interact with his readers and connect with publishers, editors and other authors in the fantasy/science fiction field.

2:00 p.m.     “Random Acts of Social Media” by David Barnhardt. Founder of Business Blogging Pros, Barnhardt helps writers and business owners establish a strategy for using blogs, websites and social media as a cost-effective way to gain a digital presence that boosts credibility and revenue. He offers tips for using Twitter Facebook, LinkedIn and other networking groups more efficiently.

2:45 p.m.     “The Dollars & Sense of Facebook: Social Media as a Personal Branding Tool” by John Southard. Southard is an Arizona historian who aids many cultural organizations in establishing a social media presence.

3:30 p.m.    End of public part of conference with APW membership meeting to follow.

Click registration form for registration information and form.

For more information, call (480) 620-1358.

Authors series showcases women in Skirting Traditions

The Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott showcases the individual women featured in Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012 throughout the 2013 calendar year.  Contributors to the anthology present about the women they wrote about for the book, followed by Q&A.

Copies of Skirting Traditions will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, email Contact the Sharlot Hall Museum, (928)445-3122 or Thanks to APW member Elizabeth Bruening-Lewis for coordinating this informative series with the museum.

The programs scheduled through August are as follows:

January 20 – Mary Kidder Rak

1 Mary Kidder Rak 1879-1958

Sheila Roe presents about Arizona writer and cattlewoman Mary Kidder Rak. Rak, who was born in 1879 and had a degree in history from Stanford, moved with her husband, Charlie, to a remote cattle ranch in the far southeastern part of Arizona in 1918.  She wrote classic stories about her life on an Arizona ranch, including A Cowman’s Wife: An Autobiography (1934) and Mountain Cattle (1936).

March 10 –  Louise DeWald

2 Louise DeWald 1921-2009Pam Knight Stevenson shares her experiences with Louise DeWald. Dewald was the Arizona Republic food editor for the Sunday magazine section Arizona Days and Ways and a cookbook author. Stevenson’s research includes an oral history interview shortly before she died and interviews with her family. DeWald’s cookbooks include Arizona Highways Heritage Cookbook and Outdoor Cooking: From Backyard to Backpack.

March 24 –  Olgivanna Lloyd Wright

3 Olgivanna Lloyd Wright 1898-1985Brenda Kimsey Warneka presents about Olgivanna Lloyd Wright. Wright was the third wife of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1928 until his death in 1959. Warneka’s research included interviews at Taliesin West with people who knew Wright. In addition to the role she played in her husband’s success, Wright wrote a newspaper column about life at Taliesin and authored several books, including The Struggle Within, Roots of Life, and Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life, His Work, His Words.

April 7 – Mary Jane Phillippi Shoun

4 Mary Jane Phillippi Shoun 1921-2004Pam Knight Stevenson presents on Mary Jane Phillippi Shoun. Shoun, a pioneer radio broadcaster in Flagstaff. She was a multi-talented journalist who excelled in diverse media careers throughout her life. After moving to the Phoenix area, she worked as a radio broadcaster, public relations expert, and as a newspaper reporter and editor at various publications, including the Glendale Star, Peoria Times, and Maryvale Star.

April 21 – Sunday, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.- Anna Moore Shaw

Barbara Lacy presents on Anna Moore Shaw. Shaw, a Pima Indian, was born at a time when her family lived much as had earlier generations, but was quickly adopting a modern Anglo lifestyle. Shaw’s concern for preserving the oral Pima stories from her youth was the impetus for her to go to college after her children were grown so that she could preserve the stories.  She wrote Pima Indian Legends and her autobiography, A Pima Past.

May 5 – Sunday, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. – Patricia Myers6 Patricia Myers

Carol Osman Brown presents on Patricia Myers. Myers was a reporter, columnist and editor for major newspapers and magazines in the greater Phoenix area before branching out to national and international publications, and then becoming a public relations consultant and internationally known jazz critic. 

May 19 – Sunday, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.- Pauline Bates Brown

7 Pauline Bates Brown 1901-1963

Brenda Kimsey Warneka will make a presentation about Pauline Bates Brown. Brown was the first woman Sunday editor at the Arizona Republic and the only woman in the country in 1942 to hold the job of state director for the Office of War Information. She was the press officer for the Japanese-American internment camp at Poston, Ariz., and later worked for the Indian Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior in Phoenix. 

June 16 – Sunday, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. – Eleanor (“Ellie”) Mattausch

8 Eleanor (Ellie) Mattausch 1931-Gail Bornfield shares about Ellie Mattausch, broadcaster on radio and TV news shows in the Phoenix area, and later news editor of the San Pedro Valley News in rural southeastern Arizona. She was the first woman editor of the Fort Huachuca Scout, where she filed and won the first equal pay case in Arizona. She eventually helped start and manage the Oracle monthly newspaper in Pinal County.

June 30 – Sunday, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. – Yndia Smalley 

9 Yndia Smalley Moore 1902-1997

Elizabeth Breuning-Lewis presents on Yndia Smalley Moore, a relative of her husband. Moore was the daughter of well-known Arizonan newspaper legend George Smalley and granddaughter of a Minnesota newspaper publisher. She created the publication that became the Journal of Arizona History and edited her father’s reminiscences in My Adventures in Arizona: Leaves from a Reporter’s Notebook.

July 28 – Sunday, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. – Betty Kruse Accomazzo10 Betty Kruse Accomazzo 1926-1989

Sheila Roe shares on Betty Kruse Accomazzo. Accomazzo, a member of the Arizona Cowbelles, preserved Arizona ranch family histories as the compiler and editor of seven volumes of Arizona National Ranch Histories of Living Pioneer Stockman.

August 11 – Sunday, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. – Phyllis G. Leonard

11 Phyllis G. Leonard 1924-2007Carol Osman Brown talks on Phyllis G. Leonard. Leonard, a self-taught writer with a business background who was the author of seven internationally published novels, including Prey of the Eagle and Mariposa, plus numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Leonard was an important Arizona author who helped readers learn about the frontier West from women’s points of view and brought history to life in an educational and entertaining manner.    

Celebrate Lllama of Death Jan. 20

Llamas of DeathEnjoy chocolate and champagne as Arizona Press Women celebrates best-selling mystery writer Betty Webb’s newest book, The Llama of Death.

Sunday, Jan. 20, 1‐4 p.m.

At the home of Barbara Lacy in Paradise Valley

RSVP by Friday, Jan. 18, to

The critics are embracing The Llama of Death. Publishers Weekly writes “Animal lore and human foibles spiced with a hint of evil test [zookeeper] Teddy’s patience and crime‐solving in this appealing cozy.”

January newsletter highlights member happenings

TypeRiderThe latest issue of the TypeRider, APW’s monthly newsletter, is chalk full of information and photos. Find out more about:

  • the 2013 NFPW Communications Contest (entries due Feb. 1)
  • the Jan. 20 celebration of the publication of Betty Webb’s latest mystery, The Llamas of Death
  • upcoming publishing workshops by Lynda Radke
  • the lastest happenings from members
  • NFPW updates
  • and more!

Click January 2013 to read more.

Communications contest entries due Feb. 1

Feb. 1 is the postmark deadline for At-Large entries for the 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. Arizona will not have a state contest this year.

Work that wins a first place in the at-large or state contests goes on to the national contest.  Winners of the national contest will be notified by June 1 and will be recognized at the NFPW annual conference in Salt Lake City in August.

The contest year is Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012.

The deadline is Feb. 1, 2013, for all entries, including books.

The entry fee is $20, with checks made payable to the National Federation of Press Women.

Contest categories and the national entry form can be found at NFPW Communications Contest. Check the at-large box and submit two forms with each entry.

At-large contest entries should be mailed to Cathy Petrini, NFPW At-Large Contest Director, 10 W. Alexandria Ave, Alexandria VA 22301-2015

Questions have come up about Category 63 (essay, chapter or section of a book) and whether entering multiple parts of a single book should constitute a single entry or multiple entries with multiple entry fees. Contact Brenda Warneka if you have this issue.

New members or former members who did not renew their dues in 2012 can still enter the contest by paying dues now. Please contact Brenda Warneka for more information.

Questions may be emailed to Cathy Petrini, At-Large Contest Director, or call her at (703) 739-8186. State  contact is Brenda Warneka.

‘Skirting Traditions,’ Arizona Press Women anthology, now available

Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012 releases today, Feb. 1. The Arizona Press Women anthology was the culmination of almost three years of effort.

Written by 18 award-winning members of APW, the anthology is designated as an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, and will be promoted at state events throughout the centennial period, beginning with an expo on the state capitol grounds in conjunction with Arizona’s 100th birthday on Feb. 14.

To order the 308-page paperback, which retails for $22.95, visit the Tucson-based publisher Wheatmark,  Amazon or Barnes & Noble. An e-version of the book is planned for a later release. It can also be ordered through brick-and-mortar book stores, ISBN is 9781604945973.

For more information on the project, go online to Skirting Traditions; like the Facebook page, follow on Twitter or email the editors.

Skirting Traditions is a history book, presented as a collection of short stories, moving forward from the beginning of statehood in 1912 to the modern day. Each story chronicles the life of a woman writer or journalist in Arizona who made a significant contribution to the history of the state, beginning with Sharlot Hall, who campaigned to have Arizona admitted to the Union as a separate state, and ending with Jana Bommersbach and Pam Knight Stevenson. The women who appear in the book were chosen through a nomination process and are representative of many others throughout the state during the centennial period.

“We anticipate that the public, historians, journalists and devotees of the Old West will be interested in reading about the remarkable women profiled in this anthology,” says Brenda Warneka, a co-editor who conceived of the project.

Other co-editors are Carol Hughes, Lois McFarland, June P. Payne, Sheila Roe and Pam Knight Stevenson.

The stories in Skirting Traditions were researched and written by members of APW, who, in addition to the coeditors, include Gail Bornfield, Vera Marie Badertscher, Carol Osman Brown, Jan Cleere, Jane Eppinga, Marion E. Gold, Carol Jean La Valley, Barbara Bayless Lacy, Elizabeth Bruening Lewis, Patricia Myers, Marion Peddle and Arlene Uslander.

The Skirting Traditions book project is sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women Education Fund, a 501 (c)(3) organization. Proceeds from sales will fund scholarships for Arizona journalism students at Arizona institutions of higher learning.