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Interdisciplinary artist and keynote speaker Pamela Woolford is a multidisciplinary storyteller. She is a fiction and creative-nonfiction writer, filmmaker, performer, and orator, and she creates film installation art. In much of her art she muses from, collides, and combines disparate disciplines. Her art and speeches amplify under-explored voices in American media and popular art, oftentimes centering on the memories, joys, and inner lives of Black women and girls.   Woolford is currently... more

Pamela Woolford Portfolio

Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir)

Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) is an upcoming two-pronged project, a memoir in verse with illustrations and a memoir of memories of Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries. In the first memoir Woolford explores her early childhood in a planned integrated American town, amidst this nation's legacy of enslavement of Black people, like her. The second memoir includes stories of Black Freedom Visionaries from her hometown of Columbia, Maryland.

With the creation of Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir), Pamela Woolford originates the term "mem-noir."

mem-noir: [mem-nwär] NOUN, A memoir, written in short paragraphs or verse, concerned with being a person of the Black race within the context of a specified subject, time period, or circumstance. Visual art or photographs, especially biographical in nature, are often incorporated. 

For more information about Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir), visit www.mem-noir.com and scroll to the second half of the page.

A portion of Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) will be explored in Pamela Woolford's upcoming multisensory gallery show. See bio for details. 

To read the Baltimore Sun feature on Pamela Woolford and the upcoming Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir), click here: https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/howard/columbia/cng-ho-bhm-pamela-...

  • Sample Illustrations from Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir)

    Ink or pencil drawing of three versions of the same young girl, who is seated crossed leg with a piece of paper in her lap.
    A sample of the illustrations by nationally-syndicated editorial cartoonist Walt Carr to be included in the first book in Pamela Woolford's Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir). For more information about Woolford's forthcoming book, visit www.mem-noir.com and scroll to the second half of the page.
  • Pamela Woolford, Changemaker Challenge Winner, on Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries

    Pamela Woolford received a 2019 Changemaker Challenge Award from United Way of Central Maryland and Horizon Foundation for her upcoming project Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir). She wrote, sound designed, and performed this 5-minute speech about the "Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries"-portion of the project and delivered the performance at this Changemaker Challenge event at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. The music is "Zoot Suit" by Okorie "OkCello" Johnson. (Please note she did not have control over the sound levels.)
  • Baltimore Sun Feature on Pamela Woolford and Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir)

    A photograph of Pamela Woolford outdoors on a path in Columbia, Maryland, with trees in the background and the words "Telling untold stories" superimposed on the photo in large, bold black letters.
    In 2020 The Baltimore Sun ran a feature story with photos on Pamela Woolford and her upcoming Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) project entitled "Howard resident, author Pamela Woolford tells the untold stories of black Columbia." A link to the story appears in the project description above.
  • Advance Praise for Disrupt/ed

    “…A BLACK STORY ABOUT NOT JUST SURVIVING BUT THRIVING. IT IS WONDERFULLY WRITTEN, DETAILING THE NUANCES OF HISTORIES AS THEY UNFOLD—BOTH THE VIOLENCE OF SLAVERY AND THE CONSTANT INSIDIOUS INJUSTICES AND MICRO- AND MACRO-AGGRESSIONS OF BEING BLACK (AND BROWN!) AND THIS PARALLEL PLANE OF EXISTENCE OF A PURPORTEDLY AND EARNESTLY POST-RACIAL WORLD…." SHE TRACES HER “GENESIS WITH SHARP, GORGEOUS DETAIL ABOUT THE DISCREPANCY BETWEEN PEOPLE'S WORDS AND ACTIONS…." SHE “DEFTLY EXPLICATE[S] [HER] CHILD SELF'S BELONGING ALMOST AS CODE-SWITCHING, MAKING SENSE OF THE LARGER OUTSIDE WORLD AND ITS EVENTS, ITS SENSIBILITY, ON THE ONE HAND, AND [HER] INTERNAL, PRIVATE, BURGEONING SENSE OF SELF, ON THE OTHER HAND…." HER "MEMOIR IS DEEPLY PERSONAL, INTIMATE, AND GENEROUS, THROUGHOUT; IT FELT TO THIS READER NOT SO MUCH LIKE BEING ‘INVITED IN’ AS BEING INSTANTLY TRANSPORTED IN—INTO [HER] SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE OF BEING BLACK IN AMERICA; LIKE [SHE WAS] REMOVING THE WALLS BETWEEN [HERSELF] AND [HER] READER, NO MATTER WHO THEY WERE OR WHAT SKIN THEY WERE IN…." "…THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT BELONGING, SOURCES OF POWER, AND IDENTITY." --Mayumi Shimose Poe, author of Alice on the Island: A Pearl Harbor Survival Story Click here to read more advance praise for Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir)

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Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir

Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-noir, a memoir short about anti-Blackness in America, is Pamela Woolford's latest film release in which she is the writer, director, editor, and sole performer. Originally scheduled to premiere at a 2020 solo show of her work at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, the film has had a limited on-demand run (after the postponing of her gallery show to 2021 due to to the pandemic). In collaboration with Busboys and Poets and the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, Woolford hosted an online film-premiere event, Art as a Response to Anti-Blackness, which was attended by 1.5 thousand people.

The film also screened through Marymount University and was the subject of Woolford's 2020 Bisson Lecture in the Humanities there. It will screen again (this time continuously) as part of an installation at Up/Rooted, the rescheduled Pamela Woolford solo show at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC, Ocotber-December 2021.

For more information about Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir, please visite www.mem-noir.com.

[Baker Artist judges can view the film using the provided password-protected link.]

  • Trailer for Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-noir

    The trailer for Pamela Woolford's critically-acclaimed experimental short Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir. Woolford wrote, directed, edited, and was the sole performer for the film, which had a limited online release in 2020 and a virtual premiere event attended by 1.5 thousand people. For more information about Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-noir, visit www.mem-noir.com or see the project description.
  • Art as a Response to Anti-Blackness

    Art as a Response to Anti-Blackness was the virtual film-launch event for Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-noir attended by more than 1.5 thousand people. It was a dynamic conversation inspired by the film with panelists jazz-great Bob James, two-time NAACP Image Award-nominated author Marita Golden, and Joseph Lewis, founder of Black Bottom Film Festival and executive director of Jazz Bridge. Lindsey Yancich of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery spoke about Pamela Woolford's work, and Andy Shallal of Busboys and Poets and Dr. Charles Chavis of George Mason University cohosted.
  • Praise for Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir

    "BEAUTIFUL, POIGNANT, AND BRILLIANT. PAMELA WOOLFORD SUMS UP AMERICAN HISTORY IN 20 MINUTES."
    --Dr. Arica Coleman, ethnic studies scholar and Time Magazine contributor

    Click to read more praise for Pamela Woolford's Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir.

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Generation

Generation is an art film written, directed, sound designed, edited by, and starring Pamela Woolford. Woolford is the lead onscreen performer, and the voice of the elderly woman in the film's unique overlapping dual voiceover narration. The film was an official selection for film festivals in North America, Europe, and Asia and won the 2019 Black Continental Independent Movie Award for Originality; the 2019 CR8:BLK Black Women Cinema Week Audience Choice Award; the 2018 North Beach American Film Festival Jury Award for Best Experimental Film, Animation Film, or Music Video; a 2018 Canada Shorts Award of Commendation; and a 2018 Experimental Forum Honorary Mention Award for Pamela Woolford's "vision and the film's unique contribution to cinema." For more information about Generation, visit www.generationthemovie.com.

Generation will screen as part of a film installation at Woolford's solo show Up/Rooted at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC, October-December 2021. [Baker Artist judges can view the film using the provided password-protected link.]

Pamela Woolford’s love of storytelling began in childhood, listening to her mother’s stories of growing up in rural North Carolina in the '30s, '40s, and ‘50s. It is these tales, decades after Woolford first hears them, that inspire her to write her short story “Just After Supper” and create the character Mable as an homage to her mom. “Just After Supper” appears in the literary publication Origins Journal. It was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize by novelist and Pushcart Prize editor Mark Wisniewski. Woolford adapted the story to create the script for her multi-award-winning experimental film Generation. Click here to read "Just After Supper": http://www.originsjournal.com/fiction/2016/10/4/just-after-supper-by-pam...

  • Generation Trailer

    The trailer for Pamela Woolford's award-winning experimental short Generation. For more information, visit www.generationthemovie.com or see the project tab.
  • Just After Supper inspires Generation

    A photo of Pamela Woolford's mother, writer Sadie Woolford, in rural North Carolina town of Arcola in the 1940s. She was the inspiration for the character Mable in Pamela's story "Just After Supper." Pushcart Prize editor Mark Wisniewski nominated "Just After Supper" for the Prize in 2018. It was one of two nominations she received that year. Woolford used the story as the basis for the unique dual-narration script of her film Generation.
  • DC Radio's FilmGordon Show Discusses Generation (Start playback at 29:50.)

    Film critic Tim Gordon and Lakefront Film Festival programmer Charles Kirkland, Jr., interview filmmaker Pamela Woolford and discuss her film Generation in this episode of DC Radio's FilmGordon Show, which originally aired July 13, 2019. Interview begins at 29:50.
  • Her Mind magazine cover story about Pamela Woolford's Generation

    Her Mind magazine ran a cover-story profile of Pamela Woolford when Generation was released, entitled "Stories As Background Music: Pamela Woolford's Generation Travels The Film Festival Circuit." Click to see the cover and read the article.

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  • Additional Media Coverage of Generation

    In addition to the summer 2019 Her Mind magazine cover story on Pamela Woolford and Generation and the 7/13/19 DC Radio’s FilmGordon Show interview with Pamela Woolford about Generation, articles ran in various newspapers featuring or mentioning Pamela Woolford's Generation. Click for a linked list.

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  • Praise for Generation

    “AN EXPERIMENTAL SHORT BY PAMELA WOOLFORD DEMONSTRATED AN INTIMATE TECHNIQUE OF STORYTELLING INVOLVING MULTIPLE ART DISCIPLINES, INNOVATIVE USE OF DIALOGUE AND NARRATIVE.” --Denise Johnson, New Pittsburgh Courier critic in her article “Black Bottom Film Festival—‘A celebration of the Black artistic voice and creative stamina’” Click to read more praise for Generation.

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Here I Am Looking

“Here I Am Looking” is an example of Pamela Woolford’s creative-nonfiction work in which she muses off of works of fellow artists, in this case two photographs of herself, one displayed with the "Here I Am Looking" essay and one, by noted art photographer Fabrice Monteiro, yet to be shown. It is memoir which can be described as a flash essay. “Here I Am Looking” currently appears in the literary journal Eunoia Review and was published and shared on social media just before the Women's March on Washington. It was then translated into German and published in Briefe aus Amerika.   To read "Here I Am Looking" in English, click here: https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/here-i-am-looking/

To read the German translation, click here: https://briefeausamerika.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/hier-bin-ich-und-schau...

From having written "Here I Am Looking," Pamela Woolford was interviewed on the podcast Fury: Women's Lived Experiences in the Trump Era. You can listen here: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/256-fury-30937209/episode/writer-and-film...

  • Photo from Pamela Woolford's Essay "Here I Am Looking"

    A photo of Pamela Woolford amidst a group of women, each of them wrapped in a white linen cloth, with Pamela being the only one looking in the direction of the camera or with her eyes and full face showing.All the other women are faced away, some peering.
    This photo, in which Pamela Woolford looks straight into the camera, accompanies her essay "Here I Am Looking," where she writes about her work as a model for art photographer Fabrice Monteiro and alludes to her body as tool, witness, and memory. Please read this flash essay, which is an example of Woolford's cross-disciplinary collaborative work, in English or its German translation, by clicking the appropriate link in the project description.
  • Fury, a Podcast about Women's Rage in the Trump Era

    Logo for the podcast Fury. A graphic of a fist with the word "Fury" spelled out on the 4 fingers and a pink pussy hat painted on the thumb with the words "Women's lived experiences in the Trump era. Hosted by Amy Roost." underneath.
    In August 20018 Pamela Woolford was featured on the podcast Fury in which she discusses the traumatizing effects of American politics, the healing power of art, and her works "Here I Am Looking" and Generation. To listen to the podcast, click the link in the project description above.

Meditations on a Marriage: A Memoir of Our Year and a Half

"Meditations is broad in scope and emotions…[and] moving,” says Dawn Davis, VP at Simon & Schuster and publisher of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, The Butler by Wil Haygood, and The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner. 

Meditations on a Marriage: A Memoir of Our Year and a Half is Pamela Woolford's marriage-memoir collection, a group of essays about her tumultuous relationship with her composer husband, who was emotionally abusive and showed signs of mental illness. Woolford was a 2016 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards finalist and shortlisted for the 2017 Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize for collection excerpts. To read two brief excerpts from Meditations on a Marriage published in Eunoia Review, "Coffee" and "Dog," click the following links: 

-https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/coffee/
-https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/dog/ 

“Stutter" from Meditations on a Marriage "is written with a spare crystal clear beauty and has a definite cinematic quality," writes best-selling memoirist Marita Golden. "A moving commentary on missed connections and the deeper meaning of ‘recognitions.’” ("Stutter" is currently available for publication.)

About  Meditations on a Marriage, Pamela Woolford says, "Six months into my marriage to my composer (now ex-) husband, he, out of the blue, berated me for taking a break while writing an email he asked me to write as a favor. I was astonished and confused. Six months after that I had the thought that he might kill me. His escalating verbal assaults and mental abuse left me with that much fear. Yet even after he drove me out of our home on New Year's Day 2015 with two days of back-to-back rages, what I wanted more than anything was to have the man I fell in love with back. After little more than a year with him, I had become someone I didn't recognize. I was 46 when we married, and it was my first marriage partially because I am cautious, logical, and independent. How did this happen to me? Verbal and mental abuse are insidious in the way they slowly turn a person inside out, in my case making me question my own logic and intuition and long for the man who was actually abusing me. Meditations on a Marriage is about the love I shared with a fellow artist, my surprising but not atypical reaction to his abuse and manipulation, and his psychological challenges,  as he exhibited signs of having a personality disorder."

  • Photo Art for Meditations on a Marriage

    Photo of Pamela Woolford's torso held in her ex-husband's arms on the day of their wedding
    Photo art from Pamela Woolford's collection Meditations on a Marriage: A Memoir of Our Year and a Half. The photo, shot by Carolyn Greer, shows Woolford’s torso held in her ex-husband’s arms on the day of their wedding. She wears her late father’s watch, the blue-faced timepiece her something old, borrowed, and blue. Meditations on a Marriage made Woolford a 2016 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards finalist and shortlisted her for the 2017 Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize.To read two pieces from Meditations on a Marriage, click the links in the project description.
  • Photo Art for Meditations on a Marriage

    Pamela Woolford's legs and the bottom portion of her knee-length white and silver dress, wearing bejeweled high heels, next to the legs of her now ex-husband in dark denim and blue and tan oxford shoes. They are standing on the wooden planks of a deck.
    A photo, by Carolyn Greer, of Pamela Woolford and her now ex-husband on their wedding day. He wears blue vegan-suede shoes she gave him as a gift.
  • Dog

    "Dog" by Pamela Woolford
    "Dog" is an excerpt from Meditations on a Marriage and appears in Eunoia Review. To read "Dog," click the link in the project description above.
  • Coffee

    "Coffee" by Pamela Woolford
    "Coffee" is an excerpt from Meditations on a Marriage and appears in Eunoia Review. To read "Coffee," click the link in the project description above.
  • On The Margin Radio Interview & Podcast with Pamela Woolford

    Author and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller interviewed Pamela Woolford on the WPFW 89.3 FM radio show and podcast On The Margin in October 2016 and discussed Meditations on a Marriage: A Memoir of Our Year and Half. To listen, click the red arrow and then click to move forward to 30:40.
  • Praise for Meditations on a Marriage

    “STUTTER [FROM MEDITATIONS ON A MARRIAGE] IS WRITTEN WITH A SPARE CRYSTAL CLEAR BEAUTY AND HAS A DEFINITE CINEMATIC QUALITY. A MOVING COMMENTARY ON MISSED CONNECTIONS AND THE DEEPER MEANING OF ‘RECOGNITIONS.’” --Marita Golden, NPR Best Book author and Two-Time NAACP Image Award nominee Click to read more praise for Meditations on a Marriage: A Memoir of Our Year and a Half

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Performative Readings & Fiction Writing

Pamela Woolford’s love of storytelling began in childhood, listening to her mother’s stories of growing up in rural North Carolina in the '30s, '40s, and ‘50s. It is these tales, decades after Woolford first hears them, that inspire her to write her short story “Just After Supper” and create the character Mable as an homage to her mom. “Just After Supper” appears in the literary publication Origins Journal. It was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize by novelist and Pushcart Prize editor Mark Wisniewski. (Woolford adapted the story to create the script for her award-winning experimental film Generation.) Click here to read "Just After Supper": http://www.originsjournal.com/fiction/2016/10/4/just-after-supper-by-pam...

To find out more about Woolford's fiction writing and watch one of her performative readings, click the various links on the right.

  • Performative Reading from Just After Supper

    Pamela Woolford doing one of her performative readings. Here she performs an excerpt from her true-life-inspired story "Just After Supper" for an online audience in 2020. Pamela Woolford’s mother, writer Sadie Woolford is the inspiration for the character Mable in “Just After Supper,” which was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize. Woolford adapted the story to write the unique dual-narration script for her film Generation. To read the full story, click the link in the "Just After Supper" project description.
  • Photo Art for Sleep

    An image for Pamela Woolford's conceived novel-in-stories Sleep
    Sleep is Pamela Woolford’s conceived novel-in-stories, a portrait of three interconnected people one fairly sleepless night, exploring each character's past, present, and future. Predominately set in two bedrooms, Sleep is also, more broadly, an exploration of the human spirit and connectivity found in ordinary lives. It takes place in an unnamed city, and certain characteristics of the protagonists go unlabeled, including age, race, and physical features. Sleep examines subtle meaning in actions between people as well as symbolism and suspense in the everyday.
  • Opening Lines of Night from Sleep

    Opening Lines of "Sleep" by Pamela Woolford
    Pamela's Woolford's conceived novel-in-stories Sleep is highly praised by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward P. Jones. These are the opening words from the story "Night" from Sleep.
  • Photo Art for Pleasant People

    Image to accompany Pamela Woolford's short story "Pleasant People"
    “Pleasant People” is a short story by Pamela Woolford, which explores facades of American society, walls between races, and a connection between two women stretching even beyond the grave. “Pleasant People” appeared in the anthology Amazing Graces edited by Richard Peabody and was published in Alfie Dog Fiction. It was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize.
  • Opening lines from Pleasant People

    Pleasant People
    These are the opening lines to Pamela Woolford's Pushcart Prize-nominated story "Pleasant People," which is anthologized in Amazing Graces edited by Richard Peabody.
  • Opening Lines of Threshold

    Opening Lines of "Threshold" by Pamela Woolford
    “Threshold” is the first story in Woolford’s conceived novel-in-stories Taking One’s Life. The novel's title is a reference to both suicide and considering one’s life. “Threshold" made Woolford a Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Contest semifinalist at Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts and also won her admittance to a weeklong workshop sponsored by Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and led by then PEN/Faulkner Foundation president Richard McCann.
  • Praise for Pamela Woolford's Fiction

    “I BELIEVE HER NOVEL-IN-PROGRESS, SLEEP, WILL ONE DAY AFFORD HER THE ACCLAIM THAT COMES TO FEW FIRST NOVELISTS. THE NOVEL IS A SENSITIVE AND THOROUGH EXPLORATION OF THE LIVES OF THREE PEOPLE—QUITE SPECIFIC IN THE DETAILS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF THOSE THREE, BUT UNIVERSAL BECAUSE PAMELA’S ARTISTRY OPENS A WINDOW TO ALLOW US TO VIEW OURSELVES, OUR LOVED ONES, OUR NEIGHBORS IN THOSE THREE PEOPLE. SLEEP IS A PRECIOUS PIECE OF WORK AND DESERVES A WIDE AUDIENCE.”
    --Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist

    To read more praise for Pamela Woolford's fiction, click here.

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Creative-Nonfiction Writings & Narrative Voiceover Work

“This Is What Happened,” the first memoir Pamela Woolford ever wrote, she wrote unconventionally in the third person. Since witnessing an incident causing her father severe brain damage leading to his death in 2012, Woolford has suffered PTSD symptoms. She couldn't write for about a year until she began writing “This Is What Happened.” It is her tender, sometimes funny story of finding her way back from tragedy and deals with mourning the loss of her father, online dating at 45, and an unexpected letter from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. This piece appears in the literary journal Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art. (A paragraph from "This Is What Happened" was the inspiration for Woolford's more recent essay "My Father With This Illness," which deals with dementia and is available for publication.) Click here to read "This Is What Happened": http://www.mapliterary.org/pamela-woolford-this-is-what-happened.html

Pamela Woolford was one of the first writers published on the Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote website. Chosen by site creator and bestselling author Julianna Baggott, her piece was published alongside that of bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and award-winning poet Erin Belieu on September 27, 2016. Click here to read this example of Woolford's literary journalism: http://dedicateyournotrumpvote.blogspot.com/2016/09/pamela-woolfords-ded...

(TRIGGER WARNING)
"Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?" is a recent literary journalism piece by Pamela Woolford. It appears on Medium where it runs with an audio recording of the article in which Woolford performs the voiceover. To read or listen to the article, click here: https://medium.com/@pamelawoolford/are-ifc-and-netflix-promoting-the-rap...

  • This Is What Happened

    Photo of writer Pamela Woolford
    After a harrowing period, Pamela Woolford began writing again, starting with her memoir written in the third person "This Is What Happened." To read the essay, click the link in the project description above. Photo by Denee Barr.
  • (TRIGGER WARNING) Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys? (audio & print versions)

    A Photo from Pamela Woolford's article "Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?"
    This is one of the photos from Pamela Woolford's literary-joiurnalism article "Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?," which is both a print article and an audio article with Woolford doing the voiceover. To read or listen to "Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?" click the link in the project description above.
  • #DedicateYourNoTrumpVote

    A computer screen with the words #DedicateYourNoTrumpVote
    #DedicateYourNoTrumpVote was a movement begun by author Julianna Baggott, who published Pamela Woolford's dedication on the "Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote" website set up after her first use of the hashtag went viral. To read Woolford's dedication, click the link in the project description above.
  • The Sky Had Vanished

    The Sky Had Vanished is a 2019 film by director Kevin Gilligan in which Pamela Woolford performs voiceover narration from 00:24-01:24 and again from 5:45-6:45. Woolford and Gilligan had met earlier in 2019 at NES Artist Residency in Iceland, where Woolford worked on her upcoming book Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) and conceived and shot her film Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-noir.
  • Praise for Pamela Woolford's Creative-Nonfiction Work

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IS "MOVING AND VERY CAREFULLY CALIBRATED.”
    Arik Gabbai, senior editor, Smithsonian Magazine
     
    Click to read praise for Pamela Woolford's creative-nonfiction work. (Also see more CNF praise, under the Meditations on a Marriage project above.) 

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Truth & Story

Truth & Story is a scripted vlog written and directed by Pamela Woolford. With the first four episodes, Truth & Story began as Pamela Woolford's personal scripted vlog of positivity, which she called "mini-memoir and good vibes" and soon the series expanded to become a hilarious co-hosted scripted vlog featuring Pamela's mother, writer Sadie Woolford, as well. Pamela and Sadie recorded four episodes together, completing the eight-episode summer 2017 season of Truth & Story.

  • Truth & Story, Vlog #8: I Don't Like Deepak Chopra

    Truth & Story was a scripted vlog written and directed by Pamela Woolford and performed by her and her mother Sadie Woolford. In this this last episode of Truth & Story, Vlog #8: I Don't Like Deepak Chopra, Pamela's cousin Joella has a Deepak Chopra-like suitor for her octogenarian cousin Sadie, and Pamela has to get comfortable with the idea of her widowed mom dating again. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box to the right of the project description.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #5: 10 Ways to Beat Writer's Block

    Truth & Story, Episode #5: 10 Ways to Beat Writer's Block (and have you laughing and smiling in the process!) In this the first of the Truth & Story episodes co-hosted by Pamela Woolford's writer mom Sadie Woolford, discover Sadie's fresh ways to beat writer's block, or overcome most any artistic mental block. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #6: I Can't Stop It (Part I)

    In Truth & Story, Vlog #6: I Can't Stop It (Part I), Pamela Woolford's mom Sadie Woolford co-hosts once again, and Pamela realizes she can't stop her from becoming a permanent part of the series! A writer herself and somewhat of a southern storyteller, Sadie reminisces about growing up in the rural south in her home state of North Carolina during the Great Depression and the Great Migration. They also talk about Britcoms, the war effort in World War II, and making moonshine. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #7: I Can't Stop It (Part II)

    In Truth & Story, Vlog #7: I Can't Stop It (Part II), Pamela and Sadie discuss play readings, a love of the arts, and Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #1: I'm a Hiker

    Truth & Story, Vlog #1: I'm a Hiker is the very first episode of Pamela Woolford's scripted vlog of "mini-memoir and good vibes." To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #2: I Love the Beauty of the Quotidian

    Truth & Story, Vlog #2: I Love the Beauty of the Quotidian is one of Pamela's personal favorites of the vlog series. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #3: I Have These Eyes

    To watch Truth & Story, Vlog #3: I Have These Eyes, another inspiring episode, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #4: I'm an Introvert

    Truth & Story, Vlog #4: I'm an Introvert is the last episode Pamela hosts alone before she's joined by her writer mom Sadie. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.

Speeches

Pamela Woolford is a speaker and keynote storyteller amplifing the histories, memories, joys, and inner lives of Black women and girls and others whose voices are under-explored in American media, popular art, and experimental spaces. In 2020 she was the Bisson Lecturer in the Humanities at Marymount University; delivered a keynote address for a TogetHER Women's Forum session sponsored by United Way of Central Maryand; curated and headlined the program Art as a Response to Anti-Blackness, attended online by 1.5 thousand people; presented memoir-in-verse for Artists U SHIFT; and performed a dramatic reading for the Baker Artist Awards showcase. For more information about Woolford's work as a speaker and presenter/performer, including clips from her presentations, visit: www.pamelawoolford.com/presenter-performer.

  • Pamela Woolford, Changemaker Challenge Winner, on Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries

    Pamela Woolford received a 2019 Changemaker Challenge Award from United Way of Central Maryland and Horizon Foundation for her upcoming project Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir). She wrote, sound designed, and performed this 5-minute speech about the "Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries"-portion of the project and delivered the performance at this Changemaker Challenge event at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. The music is "Zoot Suit" by Okorie "OkCello" Johnson. (Please note she did not have control over the sound levels.)
  • 2020 Keynote Speaker for The Working Poor: What It Means to Live in Survival Mode

    Headshot of Pamela Woolford superimposed with the words SpeakHER "The Working Poor: What It Means to Live in Survival Mode"
    Pamela Woolford was the 2020 keynote speaker for "The Working Poor: What It Means to Live in Survival Mode" sponsored by United Way.
  • 2019 Blackbottom Film Festival at August Wilson Center

    Pamela Woolford being expressive with her hands while speaking in front of a mic in front of a huge screen with parts of the words "PAMELA WOOLFORD, GENERATION" showing on the screen along with part of huge filmstrip graphics.
    Pamela Woolford presenting at the 2019 Black Bottom Film Festival at August Wilson Cultural Center in Pittsburgh.
  • 2020 Bisson Lecturer in the Humanities

    A headshot of Pamela Woolford with the words "2020 Bisson Lecture in the Humanities, Marymount University Welcomes PAMELA WOOLFORD, FILMMAKER, WRITER, PERFORMER " superimposed over the photo
    Pamela Woolford was the 2020 Bisson Lecturer in the Humanities at Marymount University.
  • More Praise for Pamela Woolford

    "HER COMMUNITY SPIRIT IS INFECTIOUS AND ADMIRABLE. .... HER CREATIVE WORK IS INNOVATIVE AND DYNAMIC, OFTEN TRANSCENDING GENRE AND ADVANCING FORM. .... SHE IS PROPULSIVE IN HER WILLINGNESS TO EXPERIMENT WITH FORM, TO INNOVATE, AND TO REALIZE WORKS THAT INCORPORATE (AMONG OTHER FORMS) DANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY, FILMMAKING, LITERARY ART, SPOKEN WORD, AND VISUAL ART. IT TAKES COURAGE, VISION, AND UNIQUE, VULNERABLE GRACE TO EMBRACE ARTISTIC POSSIBILITY SO OPENLY AND WITH SUCH ABIDING CURIOSITY AND NUANCE
    --Melissa Wyse, art writer and cultural critic

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Interviews

Pamela Woolford has conducted interviews and profiles with noted figures in arts, culture, scholarship, and science since the early 1990s for Poets & Writers Magazine, the NAACP's Crisis Magazine, Harvard University's Transition,  and other publications, including her widely cited interview with filmmaker Haile Gerima "Filming Slavery," which appeared in Issue #64 of Transition and can be found here: https://www.jstor.org/stable/2935310?seq=1.

Woolford's interview work has been cited in, for example, books such as:

  • Commander, Michelle D. Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic Durham: Duke University Press, 2017.
  • Falola,Toyin ‎and Augustine Agwuele, eds. Africans and the Politics of Popular Culture Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2009
  • Field, Allyson Nadia and Jan-Christopher Horak and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, eds. L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. 
  • Henry, DeWitt, ed. Breaking into Print: Early Stories and Insights into Getting Published, A Ploughshares Anthology Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.
  • Iton, Richard. In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Keeling, Kara. The Witches Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.
  • Lupton, Mary Jane and Lucille Clifton. Lucille Clifton: Her Life and Letters Westport: Praeger, 2006. 
  • Ndounou, Monica White Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2014.
  • Peterson, James Braxton, ed. In Media Res: Race, Identity, and Pop Culture in the Twenty-first Century Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2014.
  • Young, Cynthia A. Soul Power: Culture Radicalism, and the Making of a U.S. Third World Left Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.
  • "Filming Slavery"

    A page from the journal Transition with the headline "Filming Slavery: A conversation with Haile Gerima" and the author's name "Pamela Woolford" and the opening narrative to the interview.
    One of Pamela Woolford's early interviews, her 1994 piece "Filming Slavery," had been required reading at universities over decades and is cited in books and scholarly works. "Filming Slavery" appears in Issue #64 of Transition and can be accessed through the link in the Interviews project description above.

Pamela's Curated Collection

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