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Pamela Woolford is an interdisciplinary artist and keynote speaker, intertwining her work as a writer, filmmaker, performer, and immersive-media director to create new forms of narrative work about Black women and girls and others whose joy, imagination, and inner life are under-explored in American media and popular art. She is the recipient of six Maryland State Arts Council Awards, five film-festival awards internationally, a Changemaker Challenge Award from United Way of Central Maryland and... more

Pamela Woolford Portfolio

Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows

Using her signature cabin motif, here Pamela Woolford gives a surreal "timeless" nod to a symbol of the Great Migration, as users experience animations, voiceovers, and sound design in this 360-degree virtual world, bringing Woolford's stories to life as never before. Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows is a first of its kind virtual-reality gallery show, premiering at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC, from March to July 2022. The VR show is a unique retrospective presentation, showcasing Pamela Woolford's narrative, performative, and film work experienced through windows, mirrors, and rooms in a virtual rustic, wooden cabin.

Pamela is the writer, director, and producer of the immersive-media experience, which is co-produced by her octogenarian mother Sadie WoolfordUp/Rooted includes 3D modeling by Philip Mallory Jones and original music by Paula Richardson and John Richardson. The show is made possible in part with support from Maryland State Arts Council and DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. For more information on the show, visit pamelawoolford.com/uprooted. To be notified of the show's opening, join Pamela's email list.

  • Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows

    Three screen shots of 3D modeling of a cabin room with windows and an open door looking out on a rural setting and cabin corridors.
    Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows is a first of its kind virtual-reality experience, premiering at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at a solo show of Woolford's work. It is a retrospective in which Woolford's narrative, performative, and film work are experienced in 360-degrees through windows, mirrors, and rooms of a virtual rustic, wooden cabin. Here users experience animations, voiceovers, and sound design bringing excerpts from Woolford's stories to life as never before. For more info, visit www.pamelawoolford.com/uprooted.
  • Antoine and Me

    An image of Pamela Woolford in a long, formal, blue dress, barefoot and seated on a large white bench in front of a brick wall with greenery around.
    In addition to showcasing previous works, Woolford's 2022 Up/Rooted gallery show at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will premiere Antoine and Me, a surreal photo album set in an ambiguous time featuring performative photographs of Woolford with captions performed in character by Woolford through voiceovers, which will be sound designed. Visit www.pamelawoolford.com/antoine-and-me for more info or see project description, and pamelawoolford.com/nft for info on the related nft collection. Antoine and Me is made possible in part with support from Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org.)
  • Inspirations for the Cabin-Windows Motif

    Woolford derives her cabin-windows motif from her films Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir and Generation and her story "Just After Supper." Pictured: a still form Generation (upper left); a still from Interrupted (upper right); a photo of Sadie Woolford, Pamela's mom and the inspiration for Pamela's story set in the rural American south in the first half of the twentieth century, "Just After Supper" (lower left); and a still from Generation (lower right.)
  • Pamela Woolford on MPT

    As a 2021 Baker Artist Award winner, Pamela Woolford speaks briefly about her work and her upcoming VR show Up/Rooted on Maryland Public Television as part of their Baker Artist Awards special.
  • Pamela Woolford Discusses Up/Rooted

    On November 12, 2021, Rebekah Frimpong of CR8:BLK (pronounced "Create Black") interviewed Pamela Woolford about her upcoming virtual-reality project Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows. The interview occurred as part of the third annual Black Women Cinema Week, which was in Puerto Rico that year. (Rebekah is off-camera, speaking via Zoom from Puerto Rico.) The event was sponsored by CR8:BLK, Fractured Atlas, ¡Cinema Paradiso, and Film Fatales.
  • Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows

    HISTORY OF UP/ROOTED Originally, prior to becoming a virtual-reality experience, Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows was conceived as a real-life cabin in the gallery space, where Pamela Woolford's art would be experienced through windows and augmented reality. This is an early slide deck for Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows prior to it becoming a virtual-reality experience. (To find out more about the show's evolution, watch the interview with Pamela Woolford at Black Women Cinema Week 2021 found in this project tab.)

Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir)

Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) is an upcoming Pamela Woolford memoir with drawings by nationally syndicated Black-American editorial cartoonist Walt Carr. With the tagline "A Black woman’s memory of her childhood confidence and the racist tide she swam against in suburban 1970s America," Disrupt/ed is a race-based childhood memoir in vignettes. In the book Pamela Woolford explores her early childhood in the 1970s in the planned integrated town of Columbia, Maryland, amidst this nation's legacy of enslavement of Black people, like her. 

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. 

Disrupt/ed is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information about Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir), visit pamelawoolford.com/disrupted.

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 2022 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 later that year and was the subject of Woolford's 2020 Bisson Lecture in the Humanities there. For more information about Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-Noir, please visit mem-noir.com.

Interrupted will screen as part of the virtual-reality experience Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows. For more information , visit pamelawoolford.com/uprooted. 

Interrupted: Prologue to a Mem-noir was made possible in part thanks to the support of Maryland State Arts Council, United Way of Central Maryland, Mosaic Center for Culture and Diversity at University of Maryland Baltimore County, Leah Mazur and Drew Willard, Bob James, and Resonance Records.

  • 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.pamelawoolford.com/interrupted 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.

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 generationthemovie.com.

Generation will screen in the virtual-reality experience Up/Rooted: Pamela Woolford's Cabin Windows. For more information , visit pamelawoolford.com/uprooted.

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.

When Generation was released it received extensive news coverage, including the cover story for Her Mind magazine.

  • 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.
  • Her Mind Magazine Cover Story

    The front cover and table of contents pages of Her Mind magazine with a photo of Pamela Woolford on the cover wearing a long turquoise dress and seated on a colorfully painted papier mache chair.
    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 the link in the project description to read the article.
  • 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.

Performative Readings and Narrative Voiceovers

Pamela Woolford performs live readings in character and voiceover work. Examples of each can be viewed by clicking the boxes shown. In addition, Woolford is the primary onscreen talent, performing both acting and movement-based art, in her multi-award-winning film Generation (see separate Generation project description), the sole voice actor in Generation, the sole performer in her critically acclaimed film Interrupted (see separate Interrupted project description), and the sole voice actor in her virtual-reality experience Up/Rooted (see separate Up/Rooted project description.) Trained in dance, theater, and voice performance, Pamela Woolford's performance career began in the early 1990s as a dancer in Aurora Dance Company then in residence at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. She went on to perform with the Middle Eastern dance company Mianaja Oriental Danse Ensemble. Then she began performing as a solo dancer in concerts and at festivals, dancing her own solo fusion choreography and choreography  by others, including renowned world-fusion choreographer Dalia Carella. In the early 2000s, she began performing voiceovers, including PSAs and for professional theater.
 

  • 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 Generation project description.
  • 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.

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

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. Two excerpts from Meditations on a Marriage are published in Eunoia Review: "Coffee" and "Dog." 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.
  • Opening Lines from Stutter

    Opening Lines of "Stutter" by Pamela Woolford
    “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.’”
  • 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.

Additional Creative Nonfiction

In addition to Disrupt/ed and Meditations on a Marriage (described in their own individual project descriptions), Pamela Woolford has published creative nonfiction extensively, including more than 100 memoir, profile, human-interest, literary journalism, and think pieces published in The Baltimore Sun, Poets & Writers Magazine, NAACP's Crisis Magazine, Harvard University’s Transition, and other publications. Her writings have been selected for anthologies, translated into German, and widely cited. Woolford has been a She Writes Press and SparkPress STEP Contest finalist for a memoir, a Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards finalist for creative nonfiction, and shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize. Here are some links and descriptions of some of her online pieces:
  1. “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 first Women's March on Washington. It was then translated into German and published in Briefe aus Amerika. From having written "Here I Am Looking," Pamela Woolford was interviewed on the podcast Fury: Women's Lived Experiences in the Trump Era
  2. “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.
  3. 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 was written for an anthology and is available for publication.
  4. (TRIGGER WARNING) "Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?" is a 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. 
  5. 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.
  6. The Baltimore Sun ran a feature on Pamela Woolford and her upcoming  project Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries, for which she has received a Changemaker Challenge Award from United Way of Central Maryland and Horizon Foundation. For more information on Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries, visit pamelawoolford.com/visionaries.
  • Eye Toned, Tooth Toned: An Account of Blackness, Memory, and My Mind

    An image of a tree with a wooden swing.
    A draft image of the Eye Toned, Tooth Toned excerpt depicted in Pamela Woolford's VR experience Up/Rooted. Eye Toned, Tooth Toned: An Account of Blackness, Memory, and My Mind is Woolford's upcoming memoir of specificities and idiosyncrasies of her thinking, feeling self.
  • 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.
  • 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," which Arik Gabbai, then editorial staff member at The New Yorker called "moving and very carefully calibrated." To read the essay, click the link in the project description above. Photo by Denee Barr.
  • Opening Lines from My Father With This Illness

     An image of the opening lines to "My Father With This Illness" by Pamela Woolford
    Using a particular paragraph from her essay "This Is What Happened" as a leaping-off point, Pamela Woolford wrote "My Father With This Illness" to appear in an anthology. The memoir essay deals with her father's dementia diagnosis when in his 60s and his life with his wife Sadie (Pamela's mom) and Pamela in his remaining years.
  • (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 bestselling author Julianna Baggott, who published Pamela Woolford's dedication on the "Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote" website which set up after her first use of the hashtag went viral. To read Woolford's dedication, click the link in the project description above.
  • Pamela Woolford's Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries Project

    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.
    The Baltimore Sun ran a feature story with photos on Pamela Woolford and her upcoming Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries project. The article is entitled "Howard resident, author Pamela Woolford tells the untold stories of black Columbia." A link to the story appears in the project description above. The project has since expanded into a longterm multimedia endeavor. For more information on Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries, visit pamelawoolford.com/visionaries.
  • 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 essay "Here I Am Looking." To listen to the podcast, click the link in number 1 in the project description above.

Additional Fiction

In addition to the book  Antoine and Me, described in the Up/Rooted project description above and “Just After Supper,”  published in Origins Journal and described in the Generation project description above, Pamela Woolford has written much more fiction and has been a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner for fiction, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Contest semifinalist at Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts.  To find out more about Woolford's fiction writing, click the various links on the right.

  • 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. The story has been republished on Grace and Gravity and can be read by clicking the link in the project description.
  • 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.

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, Presentations, and Interview Writing

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. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, she has been 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, which was attended virtually 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: pamelawoolford.com/speaker.

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.

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

    Pamela Woolford received a Changemaker Challenge Award from United Way of Central Maryland and Horizon Foundation for her upcoming project Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries. She wrote, sound designed, and performed this 5-minute speech about the initial concept for the project and delivered the presentation at this Changemaker Challenge event at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Since then, Columbia's Black Freedom Visionaries has grown into a larger multimedia project. The music is "Zoot Suit" by Okorie "OkCello" Johnson.
  • Black Women Cinema Week 2021

    A photograph of Pamela Woolford in a graphic promoting a chat with her at Black Women Cinema Week 2021
    Pamela Woolford was a featured speaker at the third annual Black Women Cinema Week. The event was sponsored by CR8:BLK, Fractured Atlas, ¡Cinema Paradiso, and Film Fatales.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Her film "Generation" was one of 20 films chosen for that year's festival, alongside that year's Academy Award nominated films If Beale Street Could Talk and Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Idris Elba's directorial debut Yardie.
  • "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 project description.

Pamela's Curated Collection

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