The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) last month appointed local writer and former Key Peninsula News editor, Rodika Tollefson, as editor-in-chief of The Pen Woman magazine, its quarterly membership publication. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the mission of the nonprofit NLAPW is to support women artists.
The Pen Woman literary magazine publishes art, writing and music compositions by NLAPW members, as well as features, calls for submissions to contests, book reviews and NLAPW news.
Tollefson, a letters member-at-large of NLAPW, is a Key Peninsula resident whose career includes more than 15 years of award-winning journalism and freelance writing, as well as commercial work in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. She is a longtime contributing writer to several local publications, including WestSound Home & Garden magazine and Kitsap Business Journal.
“Her passion for excellence in journalism and breaking ground in digital media have advanced the standards for the next generation of news people,” said Irene Torres, former president of the KP News Publishing Board.
Her company, Tollefson Creative Solutions, provides writing, editing, video production services and communications consulting, with a special emphasis on the technology, cyber security, health care, SMBs and startup sectors. She has a master’s degree in digital media and has won various journalism and professional awards for her work.
“Rodika played a key role in rescuing the Key Pen News from the edge of oblivion in 2003, and set new standards of excellence that continue to guide us today,” said William Dietz, vice president of the KP News Publishing Board. “Rodika’s stamp will forever be on the paper, and we consider her to be our editor emerita.”