After working in the private sector for over twenty years, Staff Writer Pamela Ramos Langley returned to college, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Marylhurst University in Portland, OR in 2006 with a major in English Literature & Writing and a minor in Cultural & Historical Studies. She has worked for a world-class luxury hotel chain, for several construction companies, and as a Marketing/Development and Grant writer for the YWCA of Greater Portland. More recently she formed a freelance writing business preparing grants, marketing materials and providing editing/copywriting services.
In 2013 she began writing and submitting creative work, and has had numerous flash fiction, short fiction and creative non-fiction pieces published in various literary journals. She’s been nominated twice for Best of the Net, a Pushcart Prize, and won the Editors’ Creative Non-Fiction Prize at MARY: A Journal of New Writing in 2015. She’s currently a copy-editor and reader for Hippocampus Magazine, and fiction editor for The Writing Disorder.
An immigrant and the daughter of a Mexican national and a German national, she grew up in a multi-cultural family, has traveled widely and is grateful for the broad perspectives her background has provided. A lifelong, “quietly active” Democrat, she often blogs and comments about social problem and political efforts. She believes in progressive values, including: True social, institutional, opportunity and gender equality, sovereignty over our own bodies (including a woman’s right to choose), access to affordable education and healthcare, compassion, committed environmental stewardship, diversifying energy resources, and addressing issues of homelessness and institutional poverty.
For fun she is a founding member of a local progressive group, travels, takes the occasional writing enhancement course, attends literary events, and chills with her husband, Aaron, and beloved springer spaniels.