Pasadena Festival of Women Authors Committee

  • Norah Morley  Chair
  • Peggy Adams
  • Cynthia Bennett
  • Annie Bigelow
  • Joan Branin
  • Ellen Carroll
  • Joan F. Cathcart
  • Melaine Clark
  • Cris Finney
  • Brooke Garlock
  • Buff Gontier
  • Peggy Gregerson
  • Kathryn Kay
  • Prudence Levine
  • Betty Madden
  • Teresa Payton
  • Jill Polsby
  • Katie Poole
  • Susan Rivett
  • Grace Russak
  • Betty Sargent
  • Terry Shelton
  • Carolyn Siegal
  • Shelley Thompson
  • Linda Turczan
  • Amy Ulmer
  • Jeannie Vaughn
  • Emily Vitan
  • Rosa White
  • Liz White
  • Judy Wilson
  • Leslie Zasa

We work together to bring inspiring author events to Pasadena and to make enduring friendships.

If you are interested in volunteering send us a message.

History PFWA
The Beginning

The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors (PFWA) founders, Susan Long and Elsie Sadler, felt that book lovers in Pasadena would embrace the experience of a literary event and would make donations to support the community. In 2009, they launched the first PFWA at the Pasadena Senior Center where it was hosted for 7 years.

The Mission

To recognize the accomplishments of authors, to advance community dialog about the literary arts and to raise money for literary programs at community non-profits.

Non-profit status and growth

In 2016 PFWA Committee established the Pasadena Literary Alliance (PLA) and moved the popular PFWA event to the Pasadena Hilton Hotel to accommodate a larger audience. The PLA is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID: 47-2569785. The Pasadena Literary Alliance Board members are:

  • Katie Poole, President
  • Peggy Adams
  • Norah Morley
  • Jill Polsby
  • Carmie Rodriguez
  • Grace Russak
  • Shelley Thompson
  • Liz White
  • Leslie Zasa


In 2017 the following organizations received grants from the proceeds of the PFWA:

  • Pasadena Senior Center: Masters in Learning Series
  • Pasadena City College: Writers in Residence & Summer Creative Writing Academy
  • Pasadena Public Library: One City, One Story Program
  • WriteGirl: Seminar at the Huntington Library
  • PEN Center: Emerging Voices Stipend

New Events

In 2017 the PLA board formed the Open Book Committee to host year round author events starting in 2018.

2018 Festival Sponsors

Thank You for Your Support.