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Photo credit: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Photo credit: Thomas Sayers Ellis

PAMELA PETRO is an author, artist, and educator living in Northampton, Massachusetts. In addition to all the things you already know about her from this website, here are a few more: she was recently made an honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, and has received both literary and visual arts residencies and fellowships from Grand Canyon National Park, the MacDowell Colony, the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word, and the Black Rock Arts Foundation. She went to Brown University as an undergrad, and to The University of Wales, Trinity St David, for her Master’s Degree in Word and Image Studies. She also studied at the Sorbonne, Paris I, and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, France. She has spent years studying both French and Welsh, but can’t speak either one very well. Her favorite song is “Thunder Road,” by Bruce Springsteen, and she loves animals, especially dogs. She plays tennis and (to the dismay of many) loves to watch American football. She would always choose scotch (not bourbon), the Grinch cartoon from 1966 (not the Jim Carey movie), and a stick shift (not an automatic).

In high school Pamela’s teachers told her she’d have to choose between visual art and writing, and she balked. She wanted to do both. And she’s been trying to combine words and images ever since, as this site testifies. Her words bleed into images, and images into words. Long may the two be more powerful together!

The Canadian literary and arts e-zine Numéro Cinq commissioned poet John Olsthoorn to interview her in 2015 about “hiraeth,” among other subjects. (See Wales/Cymru for more on hiraeth.)

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