March Meeting




September 11, 2001

A day of unbelievable horror that still stays etched in our memories



Bert Upson

eye witness to the disaster
. . . was on the 78th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit.


Bert will share his gripping description and insights of that day 


March 17, 2015



buffet lunch followed by program
$26 members $28 guests



Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Please make your reservations by Friday, March 13th, to


Bert describes his miraculous escape, the horrible destruction and heroic evacuation of that day in his book On A Clear Day
A graduate of Yale, Bert began a career in the army. After his Army service, Upson became a top East Coast advertising executive in New York. He and his wife retired to Palm Desert in 1998 where he was living that fateful day.


February Meeting

Do you drive all the way to L.A. or Orange County to see a play?


Have you always yearned to write your own play? perform?
work behind the stage?  


 Now is your chance to learn about a playhouse near you.




Michael Shaw, artistic director of Dezart Performs




will be our presenter


February 17, 2015


lunch buffet followed by program
$26 members   $28 guests



Desert falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Mission of Dezart: By providing an artistic home for new plays to be developed and performed, we aim to create an atmosphere of creative growth for actors, writers and directors in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert valley area. Through encouraging and nurturing new talent, we hope to cultivate increased artistic awareness and ideas in the community.


Please make your reservations by February 13th to

January Meeting

Large                  Colorful                         Amazing               

These are words that could only describe the art of Karen and Tony Barone.
Their mind-boggling larger-than-life and thought provoking works of art
challenge the sense of scale & spatial reality.
In the world of Karen & Tony Barone, small objects that are a part of our everyday life:
scissors, wine openers, forks, toy puppy dogs & sandbox toys, become art.


 Come listen to this dynamic and creative couple share their creative process.


January 20, 2014


luncheon buffet followed by program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert

$26 members  $28 guests


RSVP by January 16 to

Both Chicago born, the Barones  met, married and began their careers there before moving to New York to set up shop in the midddle of the SOHO district where they became hugely popular. They then moved to a hillside studio on their horse farm in East Tennessee and finally settled in California where they became a powerful artistic presence working out of a large studio in the artist community of Venice Beach. Though best known for their sculpture and paintings, Karen and Tony have also brought their “pop culture” art to architectural designs of restaurants and businesses in cities around the world. They now reside in our own Coachella Valley in a home and studio compound they call their “Paradiso Seco.”

December Meeting

 Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers
Questioning Teachings About Biblical Women


Christianity–indeed every contemporary religion–has suffered from the effect of being written, interpreted and conveyed, by and large, by men. Traditional interpretations of women in the Bible have been used to dishonor females, discredit their importance in the community and limit their participation in religious groups.

Backed by extensive research  Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers challenges these interpretations and imaginatively retells these women’s narratives in the way they were intended.

Come hear


Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti 

discuss her book and share her insights on this intriquing topic

December 16, 2014


buffet lunch followed by the program


Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert

$26 members $28 guests

For reservations RSVP Donna by Friday, December 12 at

Dr. Trimble-Familetti is a passionate advocate for women’s rights, inclusive language and biblical literacy.  She holds a B.A. in Religion from Chapman University, an M.A. in Religion from Liberty University and a Doctorate of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  She has taught Women in Religion and Women’s History classes at Chapman University.

November Meeting

The Vietnam War . . . a turbulent time in history

We all have memories of that period.

But what was it like as a Vietnamese growing up in that war torn country?

Come learn this as well as hear a love story set in that time.


C.L. “Jim” Hoang,

who was born and raised in South Vietnam during the war will share his experiences and his book

Once Upon a Mulberry Field

From the jungles of Vietnam through the minefields of the heart, Once upon a Mulberry Field follows one man’s journey to self-discovery, fraught with disillusionment and despair but ultimately redeemed by the power of love.


Desert Falls Country Club

November 18, 2014

buffet lunch followed by the program

$26 members      $28 guests


         Mr. Hoang’s book has received numerous awards and positive reviews.

• Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book                      Awards(2014)
•  Gold Medal Winner (Historical Literature Fiction), 2014 Global Ebook Awards
• Grand Prize Winner (Fiction), 2014 LuckyCinda Book Contest
• Finalist (Historical Fiction), 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards
• 5-Star Ratings from Amazon Hall-of-Fame Top Reviewers

. . . . a poignant, heartrending story of American and South Vietnamese friendship, respect and love, at the height of the Vietnam War. Through a unique insider’s view, this intriguing novel gives the reader a close-up look at personal aspects of the war. C.L. Hoang has masterfully captured that turbulent chapter in the US and South Vietnam history.

Mr. Hoang came to the United States during the 1970‘s He is a graduate of Berkeley and an electronic engineer who holds eleven patents. You may read his blogs at

Make reservations for the luncheon by November 13 to

October Meeting

What does it take to translate a book into a movie?

How can you bring to life what an author has visualized in their book?

screenwriter, author and reporter

Heidi 23 Sept 2014

Heidi Simmons

BA in Journalism; MA in Creative Writing and Fine Arts


Tuesday, October 21

11:30 -1:30
lunch buffet & program

Desert Falls Country Club
Palm Desert


Heidi will:
• discuss current book and movie adaptions such as Gone Girl and Shades of Grey

• detail the similarities and differences in story telling between a book and a movie
• tell the important elements needed to create a satisfying narrative in both
She also has stories to tell of her experience working with actors, writers and directors in the movie industry.

A Southern California native and resident of the Coachella Valley for twenty years, Heidi is currently the writer for the book review column for the Coachella Valley Weekly Arts and Entertainment newspaper, and is married to the writer of the newspaper’s movie review column. She says she spends a lot of her time reading and going to movies, as well as hiking, playing the cello and writing.

 RSVP by October 17 to

Ending of a season . . . planning for a new

Please check for new posts on the website this summer.
We are busy planning an exciting array of activities and programs for next season.

Meanwhile, enjoy the photos of our last event at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert and Cuistot’s restaurant.

Photographs courtesy of Carol Mann

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May meeting



Join Pen Women as we tour

 Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert

May 20

followed by


Cuistot’s restaurant

$27 all inclusive

Secure your reservation by May 16 with a check sent to: Marge Dodge 79-305 Toronja La Quinta 92253

You must select your entree and send your choice with your check. 

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Field Green Salad with House Dressing

Tomato Basil Soup

Fresh Chicken Breast Stuffed with Imported Cheeses, Served over Steamed Spinach and Natural Juices 


Filet of Beef Medallions with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Raspberry Feuilleté Vanilla Custard in a Light Shell, Laid on a Bed of Warm Caramel.


April Meeting

High above the valley floor are a myriad of trails that snake over our mountains.
Where do they lead? What can we discover if we traverse these dusty paths? 

Here’s your chance to meet the man who knows all the answers!
A man who has hiked all these trails and written about them to share with others.

Phillip Ferranti
 Author of the best selling book 140 Great Hikes in and around Palm Springs.


 guest speaker

at the 

Palm Springs Pen Women  Luncheon

April 15, 2014

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

at Desert Willow Golf Resort
Palm Desert 


Phillip has also written a book about Colorado State Parks and a national best seller Hiking! The Ultimate Natural Prescription for Health and Wellness and is the founder, in 1992, of The Coachella Valley Hiking Club

Please make reservations to Kathy at by Friday, April 14.

March Meeting





Short story writer




Michael Johnson Craft

has worn all of these writing hats
and will share with us his insights of the “craft”



March 18, 2014

at the

Pen Women Meeting and Luncheon


Desert Willow Golf Club

Palm Desert


For lunch reservations email Kathy at
by Friday, March 14