Writer's Forum to Feature Kirkland Alumnae

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

Their presentation will mark the end of Womyn's Energy Week and is free andopen 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 inpublishing as both an editor and an agent before writing several successfuljoke books. After her divorce in 1992, she began writing Cutting Loose:Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well (Harper Collins). Applewhitealso is the author of Words of Inspiration for People with AIDS and ThoseWho Care for Them.

Kathryn Grover, a 1975 Kirkland graduate, is a full-time freelancewriter. After graduating from Kirkland, Grover pursued a master's degree injournalism and worked as a writer and editor for a local government trademagazine. Later she received a second master's in American history and went towork at the Strong Museum in Rochester, N.Y., as an editor and director ofpublications. In 1991, Grover decided to pursue freelance writing full time.She is the author of Make a Way Somehow: African American Life in aNorthern Community, 1790-1965 (Syracuse University Press). Grover recentlycompleted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities,conducting research for her second book on Quakers, the whaling industry andfugitive 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 andpublic relations writer. She also worked for the National Organization forWomen on the Equal Rights Ammendment campaign. Kanter is the founder of ViragoVideo, a women's television production company and wrote the award-winningdocumentary Fighting for the Obvious. The author of two novels, TheMayor of Heaven and On Lill Street, her short stories and essayshave appeared in anthologies such as Confronting Cancer, ConstructingChange and Common Lives, Lesbian Lives. Presently, Lynn writes forthe Center for Community Change, a national not-for-profit organization thatassists grassroots groups in low-income communities.

Maggie Stern Terris, who also is a 1976 Kirkland graduate, holdsmaster's degrees in both children's literature and psychology withcertification in school guidance. She worked as a counselor at a public middleschool for 12 years and is currently a counseling supervisor at CambridgeCollege. She is the author of The Missing Sunflowers and AcornMagic (Greenwillow Press), and her latest book, George, will bepublished this fall by Orchard Books.

The panel will also feature 1978 Kirkland College graduate Jo Pitkin, apoet 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 coeducationalcollege.

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