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Pam Spence

 

Pam has been editor and feature writer for the Ohio Jewish Chronicle and Senior Times, based in Columbus, for the past decade. She has recently joined the staff as feature writer for Heart of Ohio Magazine.

She has been an independent writer for many years and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Ohio Magazine, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Parent, Llewellyn Organic Almanac, Gleanings in Bee Culture, Creation Spirituality Magazine, and others. She also worked for the several, smaller town newspapers, including the Delaware Gazette and the Wooster Daily Record.

She currently performs with the Ohio Playback Theater, www.ohioplaybacktheatre.com, and plays traditional Appalachian and Irish music in jam sessions and with several dance bands in Central Ohio.

Her previous adventures have included work as street performer (juggling and music), therapeutic puppeteer, hodad, bartender, beekeeper, laughter yoga instructor, meadmaker, college professor, community minister and health claims examiner.

For many years, she also served as a community arts outreach specialist, working through grant funded programs with populations at risk. Projects included Kids Can Cope through the James Cancer Hospital; court involved and incarcerated teens; women in transition and senior populations. During that time as well, she developed a creativity course entitled Embracing Chaos which she later expanded and taught through a post-denominational online seminary, in a Master’s level Spirituality and Art program. Workshops she now teaches draw heavily on that material!

Pam attended college over the course of many years, allowing for gaps in time as life interceded! Undergraduate studies were fulfilled at NVCC, University of Virginia, Ohio State University. She received her  BA in English (minor in philosophy) at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. She went on to obtain Individualized Master of Arts in Transformational Theater and Sacred Drama through Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs; additional graduate studies completed at UVA and Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

She was born in Hertfordshire, UK, emigrated to the US and eventually became a naturalized citizen. She is married to Michael, a luthier, in Central Ohio.