Gatherings, Happenings & Frolics...Oh My!

There is much to do and much to celebrate in 2016...starting with

March 9, 7 PM at Joe's Pub

Host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes guests reading A Letter to The Person I imagined I would be.


Women of Letters is a best-selling literary salon. Each month, New York’s best and brightest women come together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter-writing.

Could it be more amazing? Why, yes. The proceeds benefit The Millay Colony for the Arts.

After-party at Colors Bar next door begins at 9 PM. Join us, dear ones, for seasonal drink specials & comraderie most extraordinaire.


About the Event:

Once a month at the iconic Joe’s Pub, host Sofija Stefanovic introduces a lineup of six women, from various walks of life.


The most interesting and acclaimed writers, musicians, actors, comedians and politicians appear together on stage, in an intimate setting, with the purpose of celebrating female talent and the lost art of letter-writing.


The shows are funny and sad, and never recorded or filmed – part of the magic is that they exist in the moment, and the events are a safe story-telling space.


In the last five years, Women of Letters events have raised over $750,000 for charity. The New York shows have donated proceeds to the New York Women’s Foundation, as well as other organisations we feel passionately about. Proceeds from December 9thwill be donated to the Millay Colony for the Arts.



2015: Another Fabulous Year

We offered a Summer Solstice Party at Solas with our friends at the Asian American Writers Workshop, Teachers & Writers Collaborative & VIDA: Women in Literary Arts -- with the amazing Melissa Febos reading.

We enjoyed a glorious reading with Cave Canem in September featuring Rachel Eliza Griffiths and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.

We had a cocktail party at the Ryan Lee Gallery in Chelsea in October.

And we were open for visits at our upstate campus all summer. It was a glorious year. As 2016 promises to be.  Join Us!


2014: Forty years Plus One

2013 was a grand 40th anniversary. Like all minlestone birthdays, it left the year after feeling less than celebrated. And yet, 2014 was altogether delightful.

We had a lovely reading with Katy Lederer & Graham Foust at A Public Space in October.

We celebrated at SOLAS in The East Village with our Alumni and Friends and the good people from PEN American Center.

We enjoyed the view, the art and the conversation with a party at the home of Monica Youn and Whitney Armstrong.

It was glorious. Thank you all!

Open House & Alumni Parties


Every year, The Millay Colony has several parties for our alumni and friends. Some have happened on our upstate campus, some at a brownstone in Prospect Heights, and some at Roulette in Brooklyn. Wherever they take place, these events allow us to get together, chat, gossip, listen to music, drink wine and otherwise enjoy ourselves and one another's company.

In recent years we have welcomed a huge variety of artists to perform or show new work at these parties. These artists include indie rock duo Christy & Emily; poet and former member of the Fugs, Ed Sanders; Walking the Dog Theater Company; Hungry Hollow Trio; Poets Timonty Donnelly, Michael Robbins, Catherine Wagner, Susan Wheller and Andrew Madrid; Mass MoCA; composer/perfomers Caroline Mallonee, Emily Lacy, and Samita Sinha; alumna Laura Silver performing hula hoop dances; & Emily Skllings Dance Co. with 'Ambient Dance.' All of this incredible art is matched by the incredible local food & wine...homemade sausages from Fleisher's Grassfed & Organic Meats, whiskey and moonshine from Dutch's Spirits, home-baked deliciousness from Hawthorne Valley Farms, bedazzling hard cider from Hudson-Chatham Winery and lovingly selected wines from Hudson Wine Merchants.We always promise a good time! More coming soon in 2014...


Millay Nights

The Millay Colony offers readings and performances in New York and in our own lovely environs...

Previous events have taken place at

A downtown NYC apartment with stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge

A gorgeous Brooklyn Brownstone in Prospect Heights

The Bowery Poetry Club

The Hudson Opera House

A Public Space in Brooklyn

Poets House

Spencertown Academy

Spotty Dog Books & Ale

Stuyvesant Train Station