The Beauty of Letter Writing

Yellow Arrow Publishing presents:


Buffalo in the Book

An Interactive Reading Series

Our quarterly reading series seeks to push the limits of current literary norms. Through the exploration of various themes, our featured writers will engage in panel discussions after presenting their work. Attendees are invited to participate in the exploration of the theme through various interactive art forms.

The Beauty of Letter Writing

May 2, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

Enoch Pratt Free Library, SE Anchor Branch

Featuring Ann Quinn, Gina Strauss, and Maria Goodson


Join us as we explore letter writing as its own literary art form. When writing a letter, the author never expects to see the piece of writing again. Yet, so many letters throughout history have gained literary significance. In this series, we look to explore this impermanent written form. Attendees will have the opportunity to create their own stationary and letters.

Join us!


For over 25 years, Gina Andreone Strauss has worked as a teacher and advisor in a variety of educational settings. Her advanced degrees in counseling and healing arts add a unique dimension to her teaching style and interaction with students and their families. Gina is an advocate for conscious parenting and is mindful of how our children serve as mirrors to us. She believes that much can be learned from life's experiences and recognizes the wealth of positive thought that can be gleaned from small day-to-day moments. Her oldest daughter's 13th birthday inspired her to craft her first book, Letters to My Teenage Daughter: We've Got You.  You can follow Gina's current writing at


Ann Quinn’s poetry was selected by Stanley Plumly as first place winner in the 2015 Bethesda Literary Arts Festival poetry contest, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work is published in Potomac Review, Little Patuxent Review, Broadkill Review, and other journals and is included in the anthology Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women. Ann lives in Catonsville with her family where she teaches reflective and creative writing and music and plays clarinet with the Columbia Orchestra. Her degrees are in music performance; she fell in love with poetry in mid-life. Her chapbook, Final Deployment, is published by Finishing Line Press. Please visit online at

Maria C. Goodson is a writer who spends her time telling people where they should volunteer in Baltimore City, running a reading series called Writers & Words, and creating art out of pipe cleaners anytime she is given the opportunity. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University, not the Oxford University, but another school literally up the street. She enjoys writing anxiety haikus, holiday card stories, and villanelles about love and connection. Learn more at


Whitney Pipkin as been writing about food, farms and the environment as a freelance journalist since moving to Northern Virginia in 2012 after starting her career at newspapers in the Pacific Northwest. She is a staff writer at the Chesapeake Bay Journal, covering the nation's largest estuary and getting to know its historic places in the process. Her freelance work appears nationally in The Washington Post, NPR, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications such as Virginia Living and Northern Virginia Magazine, and she serves as a periodic guest editor for Edible DC magazine. A 2018 writer-in-residence at the historic Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Pipkin has started dabbling in personal writing projects as well and had her first Christian essay published in Deeply Rooted magazine this year. She lives with her husband, 4-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son and mischievous dog in Springfield, Va.