Pamela Gay

As a writer, my career spans poetry and fiction, but also includes nationally recognized ballet criticism and academic prose.  Following a childhood in France, I attended William Packard’s Master Poets Workshop at NYU, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, and gave my first public poetry reading in Toronto.  In San Francisco in the 80s I wrote reviews, interviews, and essays on classical ballet.  Interviews with Marcel Marceau, Kyra Nijinsky, and Maurice Bejart, on whose life Bejart and Modernism:  Case Studies on the Archetype of Dance (2006) was published have appeared nationally.  Alabama writings include poetry, short fiction, and a yet unfinished novel,  The Dancer’s Daughter.

Pamela Diane Gay is a former dance critic and historian whose published essays, reviews, and critical essays on ballet have appeared in Dance Magazine, Les Saisons de la Danse, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Heights Phoenix, The San Francisco Progress and other journals and periodicals.  She has taught as a Visiting Scholar in Dance History at The University of Calgary before pursuing a Ph.D. in French at Louisiana State University.   Her interviews with Marcel Marceau, Kyra Nijinsky, and Maurice Bejart, on whose life Bejart and Modernism:  Case Studies on the Archetype of Dance (University Press of the South, 2006) was published, are housed in the Jerome Robbins Collection of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts in New York.  She is also author/editor of an essay collection:  Opera Libretti of the Eighteenth Century:  Essays on the Libretto as Enlightenment Text, (Edwin Mellon Press, 2014).

Born at Wright-Patterson Airforce Base, Pamela has lived in thirteen cities in the United States and abroad.  Her writing career has spanned not only ballet criticism and academic writing, but also published poetry and fiction.  In her 20s, following a childhood in France, she returned to the United States to New York where she became a member of William Packard’s Master Poets Workshop at NYU, and attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College where she studied under poet Maxine Kumin.  She has given public poetry readings in Toronto, Canada at the Parliament Street Library, later followed by readings in San Francisco.  Most recently, her poetry was featured as part of the Four Mondays of Poetry series in 2017, sponsored by Auburn University, Montgomery as part of National Poetry Week.

As member of the Montgomery-based Press and Authors Club, Pamela writes poetry and fiction and is both author and illustrator of an independently published collection of poems, “A Child Travels Round the World” (2016).  She is currently at work on a memoire/novel entitled TheDancer’s Daughter, in part based upon a friendship with the daughter of dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky. If you would like to learn more about Pamela’s publications, please visit her webpage: