CT Pioneer Branch Hosts Two Authors


Elvira Sisca with two of her poems at the Greenwich YWCA last spring.

Elvira Sisca with two of her poems at the Greenwich YWCA last spring.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. at the Cos Cob Library Community Meeting Room, the Connecticut Pioneer Branch of the National League of American Pen Women will feature Harriet Gayle’s slide presentation “National Parks and Natural Wonders of the West,” to be followed by a book signing by Elvira Sisca for her latest published volume of poetry The Narrow Gate.

The program is open to the public at no charge. Harriet Gayle, a long-time member of the Greenwich-based CT Pioneer Branch, is a popular author, naturalist, teacher, and lecturer living in Stamford. She taught at the Stamford Museum for many years and has written numerous nature columns for newspapers. Elvira Sisca, currently Vice President and Letters Chair of the branch, has worked as a career counselor for such institutions as the Westchester Library; Career Resources, Inc.; the Stamford’s YWCA, the Greenwich YWCA, and in private practice. She has published four books of her poetry, and many of her poems have been published in the PAGL Associates Newsletters. Both Harriet and Elvira were recipients of the NLAPW Owl Award for their service to their branch and the community at large.

The CT Pioneer Branch, the oldest in the state, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this November. Its members include professional women writers, composers, and visual artists from Fairfield and Westchester Counties.

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