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PAM WARD BIO Pam Ward is a third generation native of Los Angeles." Her first novel entitled, "Want Some, Get Some," Kensington takes place a few years after the ’92 riots, which she literary wrote on her front porch while her city was scorched. Her second novel, "Bad Girls Burn Slow,î Aug. 08 is a wicked gaunt through the funeral business based on her life near Los Angeles’ oldest crematorium, Rosedale cemetery. A UCLA graduate and recipient of a ‘California Arts Council Fellow in Literature’ and ‘New Letters Literary Award’ her work published in "Scream When you Burn," "Grand Passion: Anthology of Los Angeles poets," "Calyx," "Catch the Fire,î ìVoices of Leimert Parkî as well as her own self published chapbooks, entitled "Jacked-Upî and ìBrutal Mood.î Pam has edited five anthologies including, "Picasso's Mistress," "What the Body Remembers" and "The Supergirls Handbook: A Survival Guide of contemporary Los Angeles African American Female Poets." She has had short stories printed in "The Best American Erotica 2002, "Men We Cherish," and "Gynomite,î to name a few. Her work also appears in the forthcoming, cloth-bound collectors edition of ìX.î Pam operates a graphic design studio in Los Angeles as well as mentors at ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN. She has served on the board of directors of Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Foundation and was the artist in resident for the city of Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles. Merging writing and graphic design, Pam has produced the recent installation, ìMy Life, LA: The Los Angeles Legacy Projectî a poster project which couples photographs with stories documenting the impact of black Angelenos to the actual land. Recently, Pam performed in the Highways tribute to Gil Scot Heron and was published in "Say It Loud: Poetry About James Brown."
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    Nice piece, Mike. I believe I'm related to Donald Byrd in some way, met his son at a family funeral. "Dominos" is a classic! Thanks for keeping us in the know....
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    Thanks again, Mike the Poet, for documenting Los Angeles' magnificent poetry legacy. West coast writers, like the rough and smooth California coast, have been doing the damn thing for decades....
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    Nice article, Mike! Another Watts Writer who influenced me greatly as a kid was Louise Meriwether who wrote the black girl anthem "My Daddy Was A Number Runner," a tale of friendship, family and strength. Like tap shoes on the...
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    Thanks for keeping these names alive, Mike! But don't forget Louise Meriwether, "My Daddy Was A Number Runner" also a Watts Workhop writer. A tale of strength, beauty and friendship, it changed my perspective on the literary scene forever. Long...
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    Nice piece, Mike. I believe I'm related to Donald Byrd in some way, met his son at a family funeral. "Dominos" is a classic! Thanks for keeping us in the know....
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    Thanks again, Mike the Poet, for documenting Los Angeles' magnificent poetry legacy. West coast writers, like the rough and smooth California coast, have been doing the damn thing for decades....
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    Nice article, Mike! Another Watts Writer who influenced me greatly as a kid was Louise Meriwether who wrote the black girl anthem "My Daddy Was A Number Runner," a tale of friendship, family and strength. Like tap shoes on the...
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    Thanks for keeping these names alive, Mike! But don't forget Louise Meriwether, "My Daddy Was A Number Runner" also a Watts Workhop writer. A tale of strength, beauty and friendship, it changed my perspective on the literary scene forever. Long...
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