Pamela Cranston


Oakland, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Pamela Cranston's books include: Clergy Wellness and Mutual Ministry (2000), The Madonna Murders (2003), Coming to Treeline: Adirondack Poems (2005), Searching for Nova Albion (2019), and The House of Metaphor (2023.) She has also published numerous essays, poems, and book reviews in journals and anthologies such as the Adirondack Review, Blueline, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, the Naugatuck River Review, the  Penwood Review, Forward Movment Publications, the Anglican, and the Anglican Theological Review.  A poem of hers was composed as an anthem by Jon Simsic and published by Paraclete Press. Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1990, she has served  San Francisco Bay area churches and hospices for the over 33 years. 

Publications & Prizes

Poetry Society of Virginia 2023 Prize Winning Poems (Poetry Society of Virginia, 2023)
Remembering That It Happened Once: A Christmas Carmen Anthology (Wipf and Stock, 2021)
Poems of Awakening (Outskirts Press, 2011)
The Blueline Anthology (Syracuse University Press, 2004)
Tales for the Trail: Adventures in Air, Land & Water (Birch Brook Press, 2003)
The House of Metaphor (Wipf and Stock, 2023)
Searching for Nova Albion (Wipf and Stock, 2019)
A New Song
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Anglican Theological Review
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Christianity and Literature
Crosswinds Poetry Journal
Journal of Pastoral Care
Mystic River Review
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Northwoods Journal
Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts
Penwood Review
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Prizes won: 

Poetry Society of Virginia 2020 National Book Award - semi-finalist for "Searching for Nova Albion",

Writer's Digest National Poetry Contest 2020 - 5th place winner for "My Grandfather's Typewriter",

Poetry Society of Virginia - Edgar Allan Poe Prize - Honorable Mention for "The House of Metaphor",

Poetry Society of Virginia Elizabeth j. Urquhart Memorial Prize - 1st place for "Summer in Deerfield."

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
T.S. Eliot, Thomas Merton, Gerard Manley Hopkins, James Wright, Theodore Roethke, Donald Hall, R.S. Thomas, Ruth Bidgood, Luci Shaw, Scott Cairns, David Scott, Louise Erdrich, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, William Stafford, C.S. Lewis, Barbara Brown Taylor, Ronald Blythe, Bill Bryson, E.B. White, Robertson Davies, Amor Towles, Marilynne Robinson, and Gary Snyder.
What I'm reading now: 
Gilead by Marilynn Robinson, Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller, All That She Carried by Tuya Miles, Slow Pilgrim by Scott Cairns

More Information

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Women
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Born in: 
New York City, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Old Deerfield, MA
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Last update: Jun 13, 2023