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October 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Beyond Haiku: Women Pilots Write Poetry: Captain Linda Pauwels & Liz Booker


October 27, 2021
6:00 pm


The Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books and the Coral Gables Museum present…

An Evening with

Captain Linda Pauwels

In conversation with Liz Booker


Beyond Haiku: Women Pilots Write Poetry

(Fig Factor Media Publishing, $24.97)

Wednesday, October 27, 6 pm at the Coral Gables Museum


Books & Books joins forces with the Coral Gables Museum, the Miami Book Fair to host an in-person event with Captain Linda Pauwels and Liz Booker.

When RSVPing, please be considerate of authors and attendees and do so only if you plan to come. Space is limited due to COVID protocols. Be aware that at this time, masks are still required by all patrons inside for all our events. Thank you for your cooperation.

About the Book:

In this latest book in the Beyond Haiku series – Women Pilots Write Poetry, Argentine- born American Airlines Captain Linda Pauwels masterfully captures the adventure and beauty that come with the journey of flying aircraft. From these pages come a thoughtful curation of haiku and short poems by fifty-eight women pilots from ten countries who collectively share their diverse flying backgrounds.

Many of the contributors to this book carry out the honorable work of flying over borders and walls, making the world a smaller place-and all while forging a path in what has historically been a man’s profession. These women are custodians of the power and majesty of flight.

Among these inspiring, characteristically dry, and often amusing poetic insights, Pauwels has woven a selection of profound and previously unpublished poetry written by the greatest aviatrix of all time, Amelia Earhart.

Again, in this latest of book of the Beyond Haiku series, beautiful illustrations by children of pilots, aged 7-17, bring the richness of the aviators’ words even further to life.

All proceeds from Women Pilots Write Poetry go to fund aviation scholarships for aspiring women aviators.


About the Author:

CAPTAIN LINDA PAUWELS is an airline pilot. She was hired by American Airlines in 1988 and is presently a Check Airman on the B787 based in DFW. Linda has also been a Check Airman on the A320 and a Flight Engineer Check Airman on the B727. During her more than thirty-year career at American Airlines, she has flown on B727, B757/767, B777, B787, A300, A320, and MD-80, in domestic and international flight operations. Linda is American Airlines’ first Latina captain and first Latina Check Airman. She has also served on several local and national committees of the Allied Pilots Association, including Communications, Aeromedical, Training, Safety, and Security.

Prior to joining American Airlines, Linda flew as B707 Captain and L-100 (C-130) First Officer for Southern Air Transport, a Part 121 cargo carrier with worldwide military and civilian contract operations. Linda was the first woman pilot hired at Southern Air Transport and their first female captain. She is listed as the youngest woman cargo jet captain in the world by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, a distinction she achieved at the age of 25 while flying a B707 for Southern Air Transport.

Born in Argentina, Linda is fluent in Spanish and French. During her time on the Communications Committee, she was called upon to comment on aviation matters by CNN en Español, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, ABC Nightline, Telemundo, and Univision. She also wrote an aviation issues column, titled From the Cockpit, for the Orange County Register.

Linda has degrees in aviation from Miami-Dade College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a graduate degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. She lives in both the Miami and Dallas-Fort Worth areas with her husband, Frederick, a retired airline pilot. They have two adult children, Nathalie and Patrick.

About the Moderator:

LIZ BOOKER  is a pilot and writer for children and young adults. She retired from a 28-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard as a helicopter pilot and foreign diplomat in 2019 to write full time. Four of those years were spent flying missions in Coastal Florida and around the Caribbean based out of Opa-Locka. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her Commercial Fixed and Rotary Wing licenses. Liz is the host of the Aviatrix Book Club and the Aviatrix Book Review podcast and website, with over 500 books featuring women in aviation and space in all genres, for all ages. She and her family live in Weston, Florida. You can find her on social media @literaryaviatrix.

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