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And The Women Gather. Annual Book Event

Desert Sage Award Literary Event Comes to DeLand .

Supporting and Celebrating Women Writers.

Saturday August 21,2021


Venue. Museum of Art Downtown DeLand.

Cost. $19.00

Give -Aways

Scullery Kitchen Provisions

New York Bagel



Desert Sage Journey to Wellness Lemonade


We donate 15% of our proceeds to Footprints Foundation to help Save lives of Mothers and Babies.

Purchase your tickets here.


Stetson University

Scullery Kitchen Provisions

Jazz in Alley

Muse Bookstore

De La Vega Restaurant

Meet the Authors

Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés was born in New Jersey to Cuban parents. Educated in Miami and New York, her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appear in numerous journals, including Acentos Review, Azahares Literary Magazine, Southern Humanities Review, Flash Fiction, Saw Palm, Literary Mama, Kweli Journal, Guernica, and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. Her short story collections, Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You (2015) and Marielitos, Balseros, and Other Exiles (2009), were #4 and #5 on the Guardian's list of ten of the best books to help understand Cuba. Her chapbook Everyday Chica won the 2010 Long Leaf Poetry Prize. She teaches literature and writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she lives with her family.

Nancy J. Cohen

As a former registered nurse, Nancy J. Cohen helped people with their physical aches and pains, but she longed to soothe their troubles in a different way. The siren call of storytelling lured her from nursing into the exciting world of fiction. Wishing she could wield a curling iron with the same skill as crafting a story, she created hairdresser Marla Vail as a stylist with a nose for crime and a knack for exposing people’s secrets.

Awards & Accolades:

Gold Medal Winner in the 2020 FAPA President’s Book Awards First Place Winner in the 2020 IAN Book of the Year Awards First Place Winner in the TopShelf Magazine Book Awards Finalist in the Chanticleer International Book Awards Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review

Lorna Owens

Lorna Owens is CEO of Desert Sage,a Lifestyle Company that produces Soy Candles, Fine Teas and Natural Body Lotion and Body Wash

Lorna is also the Founder of Footprints Foundation working with governments to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the D.R. Congo, Jamaica,Ethiopa, Somaliland and USA. Owens is a former Midwife, Registered Nurse, Attorney and also Legal Commentator, Nancy Grace CNN HLN and Tru TV In Session, Adjunct Professor, Gender Expert, International Speaker, Executive/ Life Coach and Author who has traveled to over 20 countries teaching and coaching Women's Groups and Organizations. She has appeared on NBC, TBN, and TV in Jamaica, Cayman Island, Bermuda and Curacao. The Miami Herald called her a Pioneer and the Mother of Reinvention; Advance for Nurses says she wows her Audiences. She is also the author of Daily Sustenance and Everyday Grace Everyday Miracle living the life you were born to live.


James Ryan-Singer and Guitarist.

Supporting Restaurant

De La Vega



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