2014 Spring Gala Information


Debra Allbery
Natalie Baszile
Andrea Barrett
Charles Baxter
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Robert Boswell
Lan Samantha Chang
Michael Collier
James Franco
Louise Glück
Alva Greenberg
David Haynes
Elizabeth Holden
Bill Irwin
A. Van Jordan
Victor LaValle
Krys Lee
Thomas Lux
Pablo Medina
Heather McHugh
Antonya Nelson
Meghan O’Rourke
Carl Phillips
Greg Pierce
Martha Roth
Richard Russo
Harry Streep
Peter Turchi
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Rohan Weerasinghe
Eleanor Wilner
C. Dale Young


Abigail Wender &
Mary Jo Thompson
Event Co-Chairs 

Maudelle Driskell
Maeve Kinkead
Geoff Kronik
Martha Rhodes


Ellen Bryant Voigt
President and Treasurer 

Catherine Brown 
Nan Cuba 
Maudelle Driskell 
Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. Secretary 
David Haynes 
A. Van Jordan 
Maeve Kinkead 
Peter Klank 
Geoff Kronik 
Mike Puican 
Martha Rhodes, Vice President 
Mary Jo Thompson 
Daniel Tobin, Vice President 
Abigail Wender, Vice President
Eleanor Wilner, Vice President 
Rolf Yngve
Debra Allbery, Ex Officio
Joan Aleshire, Founding Director 

2014 gala evite


Please join the Friends of Writers Board of Directors and the Gala Benefit Committee for a festive evening of cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, auction, and dancing. Your attendance benefits the Holden Fund for Diversity at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

 Manhattan Penthouse, 80 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Special guests: Peter Francis James, actor, and Kelsey Lauritano, mezzo-soprano.

  • Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner at 7 p.m.
  • Live Auction
  • Dessert & Dancing from 9 p.m.

Festive Attire


Friends of Writers seeks to expand the reach of the Holden Minority Scholarship through the newly established Holden Fund for Diversity. This new fund will offer opportunity to even more students with demonstrated financial need. FOW believes the Holden Fund for Diversity will support its mission: to promote the varieties of experience and perspective that arise from a diverse spectrum of students. We recognize, value, and affirm that social diversity contributes richness to our MFA community and enhances the quality of the educational experience for all individuals and groups.

To read more about the Holden Fund, please click here.

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