In the spring of 1986 Frank and Susan Anthony gathered with five other writers around a table of the Windsor ( Vermont ) Public Library to form a community of writers. Since that meeting national contests, a conference and an anthology of contest winners formed and progressed, along with the organization's newsletter, NewScript .
From the beginning, New England Writers enlisted the help of college professors as final judges for the contests. These wonderful individuals have since taken a permanent place among the organization's group as honorary and advisory editors. Included are such esteemed scholars as John Kenneth Galbraith, John Ashbery, Reeve Lindbergh, Ernest Hebert, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Rosanna Warren.Many of the contest judges have also been featured guests at the annual conferences. These well-attended conferences have provided scores of writers with writing wisdom from published authors, editors, agents and publishers.
Today, over 400 members strong nationwide, the co-directors look back in amazement and forward in wonder at how far a dream can progress into the future.
Frank Anthony has a Ph.D. in American literature and creative writing and writes a poem a day and an essay each week. He is widely published in journals, newspapers and on the Internet. Susan Anthony has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and has edited for publication several of Frank's celebrity interviews originally aired on Vermont Public Radio, in the later 1970s, where he was the founding producer of the Spoken Word.
[Frank Anthony passed away March 10, 2006 . Susan Anthony, with assistance, will continue the activities of New England Writers in Frank's memory.]