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Writer's Forum to Feature Kirkland Alumnae

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Posted April 16, 1998
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Five Kirkland alumnae will return to College Hill to present a writer's forum, Put It In Writing: A Colloquium of Kirkland College Alumnae Who Write for Money and/or Love, on Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn, Beinecke Student Activities Village.

Their presentation will mark the end of Womyn's Energy Week and is free and open to the public.

The panelists will include: Ashton Applewhite, Kathryn Grover, Lynn Kanter, Maggie Stern Terris and Jo Pitkin.

Ashton Applewhite, a 1974 graduate of Kirkland College, worked in publishing as both an editor and an agent before writing several successful joke books. After her divorce in 1992, she began writing Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well (Harper Collins). Applewhite also is the author of Words of Inspiration for People with AIDS and Those Who Care for Them.

Kathryn Grover, a 1975 Kirkland graduate, is a full-time freelance writer. After graduating from Kirkland, Grover pursued a master's degree in journalism and worked as a writer and editor for a local government trade magazine. Later she received a second master's in American history and went to work at the Strong Museum in Rochester, N.Y., as an editor and director of publications. In 1991, Grover decided to pursue freelance writing full time. She is the author of Make a Way Somehow: African American Life in a Northern Community, 1790-1965 (Syracuse University Press). Grover recently completed a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducting research for her second book on Quakers, the whaling industry and fugitive slave traffic from 1790-1860 in New Bedford, Mass.

Lynn Kanter is a 1976 Kirkland graduate who has had many occupations, including serving as an encyclopedia editor for World Book, a florist and public relations writer. She also worked for the National Organization for Women on the Equal Rights Ammendment campaign. Kanter is the founder of Virago Video, a women's television production company and wrote the award-winning documentary Fighting for the Obvious. The author of two novels, The Mayor of Heaven and On Lill Street, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies such as Confronting Cancer, Constructing Change and Common Lives, Lesbian Lives. Presently, Lynn writes for the Center for Community Change, a national not-for-profit organization that assists grassroots groups in low-income communities.

Maggie Stern Terris, who also is a 1976 Kirkland graduate, holds master's degrees in both children's literature and psychology with certification in school guidance. She worked as a counselor at a public middle school for 12 years and is currently a counseling supervisor at Cambridge College. She is the author of The Missing Sunflowers and Acorn Magic (Greenwillow Press), and her latest book, George, will be published this fall by Orchard Books.

The panel will also feature 1978 Kirkland College graduate Jo Pitkin, a poet who makes her living as a freelance writer.

Kirkland College was an all women's college established in 1968. In 1978, Kirkland and then all-male Hamilton College merged to form a coeducational college.

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