Pamela Spiro Wagner Explores the Human Condition
Sundog Poetry Center, a non-profit charitable organization focused on supporting poets and promoting poetry throughout Vermont, and Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based, global publisher, are pleased to announce their latest collaborative release, Learning to See in Three Dimensions, by poet and artist Pamela Spiro Wagner. The collection of poetry will be celebrated at the Hooker-Dunham Theatre & Gallery in Brattleboro with a reading and book launch during Gallery Walk on Friday, June 2, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will also serve as the show opening for Wagner's artwork, which will be on display in the gallery from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. that evening and throughout the month of June. The reading and reception is free and open to the public.
In this collection of poetry, Wagner leads an exploration of the human condition by delving into the worlds of relationships, religion, nature, and mental health. In each poem, and through each intense piece of original artwork included in the book, the audience is led up to a line and dared to cross it into a new paradigm of understanding the world. In this rich, full collection, Wagner's poetry pulls the reader into new territory through her alternating playfulness, hope, and—especially in the superb section "Poems In Which I Speak Frankly"—courage.
Wagner is an accomplished writer and an award-winning poet who also happens to have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1975. Despite her illness and having spent at least twelve years of her adult life in psychiatric units and hospitals, she has won many awards for her writing, including top prize at the 2001/2002 BBC Radio Meridian Writings International Poetry Competition and two Connecticut State Mental Health Media awards for articles written for the Hartford Courant.
Wagner is the author of We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders, a book of poems about living with schizophrenia. In 2005, she co-authored, with her twin sister, a psychiatrist, Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia (St. Martin's Press, 2005), a much-acclaimed memoir about her years of illness, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was featured in Reader's Digest and People Magazine. Wagner's writing has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, LA Weekly and Tikkun. Wagner was born in Tacoma, Washington lived most of her life in Connecticut, and has recently relocated to Vermont.
"Wagner's incredible life story and experiences add a unique and rarely told perspective, especially in the form of poetry," said Tamra Higgins, co-President of Sundog Poetry Center. "Sundog is honored to be partnering with Green Writers Press to publish this collection and share Wagner's story through her genuinely expressive work."
Five percent of all book sales will be donated to the Inclusion Center of Brattleboro. For more information on Sundog Poetry Center, visit www.sundogpoetry.org.
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