Pamela Bentley is a poet, writer, teacher, workshop facilitator, radio host and a short-film producer. She has published three chapbooks of poetry: Enough, If You Could Own a Poem, and Villanelles a Deux. Since 2011, she has been co-hosting a weekly show Wax Poetic on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM, where she is now also employed as the Director of Member Services. She hosts the (mostly) monthly ‘Chicken Sessions’ poetry and music performance salon at her home in East Vancouver, and she recently became a ‘Centurionatrix’ at the Vancouver Poetry Slam, the only woman in North America to share 100 poems on a poetry slam stage without repeating one.
Pamela has produced and production coordinated short films including book trailers for Dennis E. Bolen and Kevin Chong; a video interpretation of George Bowering’s poem, ‘A Little Black Strap’; and the mockumentary web-series ‘Vita Bella: The Dogumentary’ that she co-wrote. Pamela has taught English, Creative Writing, Performance Poetry, and Drama to high school and college students in Ontario, Alberta, Punjab (India), and in New Mexico. She has also been an Associate Programmer for the Verses Festival of Words.
She and her stories were born in the bayous of Louisiana, raised on the Canadian Prairies, ripened along the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, then steeped in India and the American Southwest. She is a kundalini cowgirl rooted in the moment.
At the June 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Pamela will present some of her new poems. More about the event is here: