About the Greater NY Pen & Ink Group

GNYPIG (yes, it’s pronounced guinea pig) is a friendly, casual group of pen enthusiasts, collectors, aficionados, and tinkerers who get together to talk pens and inks, share our collections, and enjoy the camaraderie of the awesome pen community.

Most larger cities have pen clubs or meetup groups, but “pen people” in smaller cities often miss out. We created GNYPIG as a “nomadic” pen club for all the stationery nerds spread across Upstate New York. GNYPIG members can host meetups in their own cities or travel to those nearby – from Buffalo to Albany, Binghamton to Watertown, and anywhere in-between!

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Wait a Minute. “Pen People”?!

Yeah, you read that right, and we’re proud to nerd out about all things pens, paper and ink. We bet you can think of a time you’ve swiped adopted a restaurant pen that wrote really well, noticed that a particular model was extra-comfy, or paused seeing someone use a really classy pen. Maybe you learned cursive with a fountain pen in grade school, or have fond memories of handwritten letters from parents or grandparents.

“Pen people” relish the tactile, analog joy of writing with a really great pen. It could be a $3 gel roller or a $3000 hand-made urushi-laquered fountain pen, but the motivation is the same: seek out great writing experiences, and incorporate them into our every-day lives.

Come to a Meetup!

GNYPIG events are casual get-togethers where pen enthusiasts can share their collections, try out new pens, inks and papers, and enjoy the company of friends. It’s free to join; only members can RSVP to GNYPIG meet-ups. Our gatherings are organized by local hosts; some feature special workshops or visits from makers.

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GNYPIG is the pen club for the big state of New York outside of NYC. We host get-togethers for pen and stationery enthusiasts all across the upstate region.


Co-founder of GNYPIG, hoster of meetups, enjoyer of pens