PAMELA, the 1984 Bucks County Poet Laureate, passed away on February 22, 2014 at age 80. Known throughout Bucks County for her commitment to poetry, she also had a passion for visual arts, and an enthusiasm for life like no other. As a poet, Pam paid keen attention and strove to convey the indescribable - "the soft, small balls of shadow," as she says - in clear, precise, and rhythmic language. "As poem after poem demonstrate," George Drew observes, "Pam's hand is light itself as it caresses language into a luminescence that is truly beautiful and beautifully true." An employee in the Art Department of Bucks County Community College for over 34 years, Pam touched the lives of many. A Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a winner of the Robert Fraser Poetry Award, she was the author of two books, A Leaf Gnawed to Lace and No Sorrow That Light Won't Try to Wipe Away. Pam and her husband Herb Perkins-Frederick were guest poets at many readings, including televised readings on New York public television, and most recently on Philly Cam on cable. Pam ran workshops for Philadelphia Writers Conference, A Day for All Women, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, and the Bucks Arts Academy, served as a judge for the New Jersey State Arts Academy, and was a staff member of the annual Bucks County Writers Conference. For several years she also taught art at the Bucks County Prison. Pam had an idyllic childhood growing up on the campus of Hampton Institute (now University) in Virginia, went to school in Ayer and Newton, Massachusetts, studied at the University of Massachusetts and graduated from Bucks County Community College and the Vermont College MFA in Writing program, as well as attending summer institutes at Indiana University
and the Frost Place. Pam gave birth to four daughters, Astrid, Wendy, Eleanor, and Dierdre (D). Her older brother Herb Perkins, his wife and their family, and daughter D with her husband, Don Wogaman, of Littleton, NH, survive Pam. Her beloved husband Herbert Perkins-Frederick passed away in February of 2012. She leaves behind a community of poets whose work she encouraged and friends whose lives she enriched. A memorial service will be held on April 13, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Orangery on Bucks County Community College's Newtown campus at 275 Swamp Road. An annual award at BCCC is being established in Pamela's memory, to recognize students who combine a passion for poetry and art. Donations can be made payable to BCCC Foundation and sent to the attention of Dr. Christopher Bursk, BCCC, Lang. & Lit., 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940.