About Pasadena Festival of Women Authors

Pasadena Festival of Women Authors Committee

  • Norah Morley  Chair
  • Julie Barbour
  • Cynthia Bennett
  • Jennifer Bigelow
  • Joan Branin
  • Ellen Carroll
  • Joan F. Cathcart
  • Johanna Clark
  • Melanie Clark
  • Julie Daniels
  • Mary Fauvre
  • Cris Finney
  • Elisa Garin
  • Brooke Garlock
  • Peggy Gregerson
  • Kathryn Kay
  • Prudence Levine
  • Betty Madden
  • Annie McCarthy
  • Katy McCollum
  • Colleen Murray
  • Teresa Payton
  • Katie Poole
  • Susan Rivett
  • Heidi Sandoval
  • Betty Sargent
  • Maryam Shah-Hosseini
  • Carolyn Siegal
  • Shelley Thompson
  • Linda Turczan
  • Susan Uecker
  • Amy Ulmer
  • Jeannie Vaughn
  • Emily Vitan
  • Liz White
  • Rosa 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.

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
  • Julie Daniels
  • Norah Morley
  • Colleen Murray
  • Heidi Sandoval
  • Carolyn Siegal
  • Shelley Thompson
  • Amy Ulmer
  • Emily Vitan
  • Liz White

New Events

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


In 2018 the following organizations received grants from the proceeds of the PFWA: