WriteGirl’s 4th Annual Bold Ink Awards takes place this Thursday April 1st 2010 honoring screenwriter/director Nancy Meyers; TV writer/producer Elizabeth Sarnoff; fiction writer Marisa Silver; poet Patricia Seyburn; and writer/entrepreneur Lynda Resnick.
The evening will kick off with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by the awards ceremony celebrating the women and their writing. Presenters include actress Robin Weigert, Los Angeles Times Book Editor David Ulin, screenwriter Robin Swicord and California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes.
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Nancy Meyers has been at the forefront of women seeking to break through the “celluloid ceiling” for more than two decades. She co-authored box office hits “Private Benjamin”,“Irreconcilable Differences,” “Baby Boom” (affiliate link), “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride Part 2”(affiliate link). “The Parent Trap” (affiliate link)marked her directing debut. She wrote and directed “What Women Want” (affiliate link), “Something’s Gotta Give”(affiliate link), which earned her ShoWest’s Director of the Year Award These successes as well as “The Holiday”(affiliate link) and“It’s Complicated” recently ranked her as the industry’s highest grossing female director.
For the last five years Elizabeth Sarnoff has served as a writer on ABC’s long-running series “Lost” and is currently an Executive Producer. She received her first job writing television from the great David Milch and re-joined him again years later on his HBO Western “Deadwood.” She is currently writing a memoir entitled “Shit Genes,” about her experience with breast cancer. Her writing credits also include the original plays and several feature films for Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures.
Marisa Silver made her fiction debut in The New Yorker‘s “Debut Fiction” issue. Her collection of short stories, “Babe in Paradise,” was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. In 2005, W.W. Norton published her novel, “No Direction Home.” Her latest novel, “The God of War” was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Winner of the O. Henry Prize, her fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies. Her new collection of stories, “Alone With You,” will be published by Simon and Schuster in April.
Patricia Seyburn grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast and Western Humanities Review. Her third book of poems, “Hilarity”, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Poetry & Prose. She has published two previous books “Mechanical Cluster” and “Diasporadic”, which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000. She is currently an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles.
Lynda Resnick‘s practical marketing experience coupled with her sound entrepreneurial instincts and quick wit, have been the hallmark of her 40-year career. Resnick has been dubbed the POM Queen thanks to the tireless marketing efforts of Lynda and her team at POM Wonderful, sharing the astonishing health benefits pomegranates are known for. Her other company with husband Stewart, Teleflora, was transformed from a fledgling floral wire service to the world’s largest floral service and floral products company. Lynda and Stewart also own Paramount Farms and Paramount Citrus Companies. Resnick to create and build successful brands for their citrus and nut crops, including the ground-breaking and healthy pistachio treat Everybody’s Nuts, Wonderful Pistachios and Cuties brand mandarin oranges. After acquiring FIJI Water in 2004, Lynda quickly orchestrated a brand identity re-launch. With marketing initiatives that were as differentiating as the brand itself, FIJI Water is now the largest imported bottled water brand in the United States. Lynda reveals her secrets for creating memorable brands and pioneering fresh approaches to launch and promote them in her bestselling book, “Rubies in the Orchard: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in your Business.”(affiliate link)
The Bold Ink Awards were made possible by generous donations from FIJI Water, POM Wonderful, Teleflora, Mumm Napa, Modern Spirit, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and LA Farm.
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