“The author of We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders, a book of poems about living with schizophrenia (http://www.cavankerrypress.org ) Pamela Spiro Wagner graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1975 and attended medical school for one
year, despite a five month hospitalization her freshman year of college and another the following year. After leaving med school, she spent at least twelve years of her adult life in psychiatric units and hospitals. Despite her illness, she won many awards for her writing, including First Place in the 2001/2 international poetry competition sponsored by the BBC World Service and two Connecticut State Mental Health Media awards “for professional journalists” for articles written for the Hartford Courant. In 2005, she co-authored, with her twin sister, a psychiatrist, Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey through Schizophrenia (St Martin’s Press, 2005), a much acclaimed memoir about her years of illness, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was featured in Readers Digest and People Magazine among other places. The book won the national NAMI Outstanding Literature Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. Wagner’s writing has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, LA Weekly and Tikkun among other places. She has written WAGblog since 2003, currently at http://pamelaspirowagner.com. Also an artist, her work can be seen on various posts at this page until she re-establishes another art website. Two of her colored pencil pieces recently appeared in the first edition (Jan 2014) of COLLECTIVE Dream Arts Magazine. Wagner was born in “in the army” in Tacoma, Washington. She lived almost all of her life in Connecticut but recently relocated to Vermont.”
This blog, a continuation of the old Wagblog (6 years of writing, lost in a major crash that eliminated it temporarily) from the once premiere website http://www.schizophrenia.com, is intended to be about living with schizophrenia, as well as about poetry and art. It may take tours through Vision Therapy, temporal lobe epilepsy and narcolepsy, Global Warming and just about anything else that interests me as well! Hope you will come along for the ride. Any and all comments are welcomed
Please know that given time constraints in my life I cannot always respond to comments, but I truly appreciate all of them and “likes” and the implicit evidence that someone somewhere is actually reading this thing!
3/2014 added note: My newly edited book of poems, Learning to See in Three Dimensions, is seeking a publisher…