Pamela Spiro Wagner

Rookie - 25 Points (11.17.1952 / Tacoma, Washington)

Biography of Pamela Spiro Wagner

The author of We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders, Poems, (CavanKerry Press 2009) Wagner lives with schizophrenia. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and attended medical school for one year. Despite having spent at least ten years of her life in psychiatric units and hospitals, she has won many awards, including a First Place in the 2001/2 International Poetry Competition sponsored by the BBC World Service. Her first book, co-authored with her twin sister, a psychiatrist, Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey Through Schizophrenia (St Martin's Press,2005) , won the national NAMI Outstanding Literature Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, LA Weekly and Tikkun, among other places. Wagner has a second poetry manuscript, Learning To See In Three Dimensions, which is ready for publication. She is working on a sequel to the memoir.

Pamela Spiro Wagner's Works:

Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia (St Martin's Press,2005) , co-authored with her twin sister, Carolyn Spiro MD;

We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders (CavanKerry Press,2009)

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Eating The Earth

After Tyrone, the little boy next door,
makes her eat a handful of dirt
for telling lies
about where babies come from,
her father says it will do her no harm.
You have to eat a peck of dirt
before you die, her father says.
He also says she hadn’t lied:
babies do come that way.

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