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Lecturer in English Language & Literature
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Seelye Hall 307
M.A., St. David’s University College, Wales
B.A., Brown University
Pamela Petro is an author, artist and educator living in Northampton. She has written three place-based creative nonfiction books as well as articles and essays for many publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Granta and The Paris Review. She was 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 and the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
Petro is on the creative nonfiction faculty of the Lesley University master of fine arts program in creative writing. She is also a cofounder of the Dylan Thomas International Summer School at the University of Wales.
As a visual artist, Petro creates environmental installations of petrographs (silver gelatin photos printed on stone). Her most recent works include the artist book AfterShadows: A Grand Canyon Narrative, and the graphic script Under Paradise Valley, which was performed at Smith College in the spring of 2016.
She is currently at work on a memoir about Wales.
The Slow Breath of Stone (2006)
Sitting up With the Dead (2001; 2017)
Travels in an Old Tongue (1997)