About Us

About Us

Mystery Writers of America is the oldest and most prominent organization for writers of crime fiction and other professionals in the field. MWA-NY is a regional chapter that includes Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

MWA presents the prestigious Edgar® Awards each year to the most deserving works in the mystery field. The organization also monitors legal developments affecting writers and promotes networking and professional development.

In addition, MWA also educates published and aspiring writers regarding their rights and interests and informs writers and readers of matters that may affect crime writing through legislation, publishing industry practices, judicial decisions, or other ways. Our membership includes writers of books, short stories, plays, and screenplays; publishers, editors, agents, librarians, booksellers, and others in allied fields; aspiring writers and others devoted to crime writing.

Membership is open to the public, and you need not reside in the U.S. to join. MWA is a nonprofit organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For information on joining MWA, please see the national organization’s web site.

 

Board Members 2017

CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Laura K. Curtis

CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT

Scott Adlerberg

REGIONAL SECRETARY

Alternating

CHAPTER TREASURER

Sheila York

2015 CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scott Adlerberg

Ann Aptaker

Mistina Bates

Nancy Bilyeau

Laura K. Curtis

Joseph Goodrich

Rosemary Harris

Jeff Markowitz

Richie Narvaez

Erica Obey

Andrew Peck

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Mistina Bates, Chair, and Editor, The Noose

Richie Narvaez

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Jeff Markowitz

EVENTS COMMITTEE (Reading Series)

Scott Adlerberg, Chair

FESTIVALS AND CONFERENCES COMMITTEE

Ann Aptaker, Chair

LIBRARY COMMITTEE

Rosemary Harris, Chair

Bob Daniher

Tim Hall

Jane Kelly

Chris Knopf

Erica Obey

Tricia Vanderhoof

HISTORIAN

Andrew Peck

MENTOR COMMITTEE

Erica Obey, Chair

Shizuka Otake

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Richie Narvaez, Chair

Andrew Peck

Thelma Straw

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Joseph Goodrich, Chair

Nancy Bilyeau

REGISTRAR

Dru Ann Love

 

PAST MWA-NY CHAPTER PRESIDENTS

Laura K. Curtis, 2016

Richie Narvaez 2014, 2015

Patricia King 2012, 2013

Rosemary Harris 2011

Alafair Burke 2010

Chris Grabenstein 2009

Jane Cleland 2008, 2007

Bob Knightly 2006, 2005

Andrew Peck 2004, 2003

Barry Zeman 2002, 2001, 2000

Alice Orr, William E. Chambers, 1990s