PAMELA PETRO is an author, artist, and teacher who lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her partner, Marguerite, and her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Topaz. She describes herself as “Less than Welsh and more than American,” after her stint on an MA Program at the University of Wales Trinity St David, in the mid 1980s, led to a lifetime love of Cymru (KUM-ree)—the name Wales calls itself in Welsh.
She went to Brown University as an undergrad, and grew up in Verona, New Jersey. Pamela has spent years trying to learn French and Welsh and yet can’t speak either one very well. She is still amazed that she went to the Grand Canyon as an Artist in Residence in 2011, and once took a class at the Ecole due Louvre. Her favorite song is “Thunder Road,” by Bruce Springsteen, and she loves animals, especially dogs. She plays tennis and loves both American football (it’s problematic—she knows) and Romanesque art. 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!