Pamela Murray Winters

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Pamela Murray Winters was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. She first became serious about poetry at Montgomery Blair High School, where she was on the editorial board of Silver Quill and won two awards from the Maryland Scholastic Press Advisors’ Association. At the University of Maryland, she studied with Rod Jellema and Reed Whittemore. She graduated summa cum laude, with high honors in English; her thesis was a collection of poems. Her first poems (as Pamela Murray) were published in Takoma Park Writers 1981 and Calvert Review.

She was inactive as a poet for about 25 years, during which time she worked as a library assistant, a scientific editor, and a music and arts journalist. She returned to poetry via classes and workshops with such mentors as Thorpe Moeckel and Stanley Plumly.

Her poems have been published in Gargoyle, Subtropics, Switched-On Gutenberg, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Slipstream, Short, Fast & Deadly, Fledgling Rag, Anatomy & Etymology, The 22 Magazine, Delaware Poetry Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, JMWW, and Calvert Review and the anthologies Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets and Takoma Park Writers 1981. She has received three Pushcart Prize nominations and has read in numerous venues in the Washington area and beyond.

She is one of the hosts of the Evil Grin Poetry Series in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2013, she enrolled in the low-residency MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Churchton, Maryland.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly:

Written by Pamela Winters September 2013

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