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Pamela Ditchoff

Pamela Ditchoff

Pamela Jane Ditchoff (born September 21, 1950) is an American novelist.

Pamela Ditchoff
Pamela Jane Reed

(1950-09-21) September 21, 1950
Alma materLansing Community College (AA, 1979)
Michigan State University (BA, 1982; MA, 1985)

Life and work

Pamela Jane Reed was born on September 21, 1950, in East Lansing, Michigan, to Beatrice Watson (Porter) and Ronald Ernest Reed.[1][2] She attended Fairview School and later East Lansing High School[3] before graduating from Lansing Community College (associate degree, 1979).[1] In a 2016 interview with the student newspaper at Lansing Community College, she described her work on the school newspaper and the resources made available to her while she attended the community college.[4] After Lansing Community College, she moved to Michigan State University where she earned a B.A. in 1982 and an M.A. in 1985.[1][4]

In the mid-1980s, her early fiction and poetry was published in various literary magazines.[5]

Ditchoff's first novel, The Mirror of Monsters and Prodigies (Coffee House Press, 1995) is a semi-fictional oral history of dwarves, giants, conjoined twins and bearded women.[6][7] The book was reviewed on NPR's All Things Considered[8] and The New York Times.[9] Giving the novel one out of four stars, Rebecca E. Roberts wrote for Detroit Free Press that Mirror "ultimately amounts to snippets of history, thinly coated with imagined dialogue and fiddled events".[10] It was considered "well researched and well written" when reviewed by ALA Booklist as a debut novel.[3]

Ditchoff's second novel Seven Days & Seven Sins (2003)[3] was published by Shaye Areheart[11] and reviewed by The Washington Post.[12] Set in Lansing, the novel is composed of chapters that each function as standalone short stories.[13]

Ditchoff's third novel, Mrs. Beast (Stay Thirsty Press, 2009),[14] is about the lives of the Grimm's Fairy Tales princesses after marriage. Ditchoff's sequel to Mrs. Beast entitled Princess Beast was published by Stay Thirsty Press in September 2010. Ditchoff's fifth novel, Phoebe's Way (ECW Press, 2014), is the story of a Saint John Ambulance therapy dog.

Ditchoff recorded an oral history interview for Michigan State's Michigan Writers Series.[15]



  • The Mirror of Monsters and Prodigies, 1995
  • Seven Days & Seven Sins, 2003
  • Mrs. Beast, 2009
  • Princess Beast, 2010
  • Phoebe's Way, 2014
  • Beatrice Penny Survived 2021


  • Poetry: One, Two, Three, 1989
  • Lexigram Learns America’s Capitals, 1992



  1. Edgar, Kathleen J., ed. (1996). "Ditchoff, Pamela J.". Contemporary Authors. new revision series. Vol. 150. Gale. pp. 112–114. ISBN 0-8103-9349-2. OCLC 35020137.
  2. Johnson, Curt, ed. (1992). Who's Who in Writers, Editors & Poets: United States & Canada, 1992–1993 (4th ed.). Highland Park, Illinois: December Press. p. 131. ISBN 0913204250. ISSN 1049-8621. OCLC 1151785823.
  3. "Tales from the 'hood". Lansing State Journal. July 18, 2003. p. 26.
  4. Kohn, Jeremy (March 4, 2016). "Pamela Ditchoff gains fame as author". The Lansing Community College Lookout. Retrieved December 9, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Stud, South Florida Poetry Review 4, Spring 1986; Interim, Amelia 12, 1988; Calamity Crossing, Thema, Winter 1988/89; Solution Sestina, Amelia 14, 1989 - Winner of Bernice Jennings Traditional Poetry Award; Second Sight, Negative Capability, Vol. X, #1, 1990; Address, Slipstream #10, 1990; Bath Mirror, Amelia 17, 1990; Floribunda, West #7, 1992; Concert in the Bread Loaf Barn in Whose Woods These Are, ed. David Bain, Ecco Press, 1993; Fourteen in I Am Becoming the Woman I Always Wanted, Papier-Mache Press, 1994; Lakeside Park Concert, Gargoyle #48, 2005
  6. Guy, David (March 10, 1996). "Books in Brief: Fiction & Poetry". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. ProQuest 217269064. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  7. Dery, Mark (April 1, 1998). "Freak Chic: The literature of medical oddities goes mainstream". The Village Voice. ProQuest 232226386.
  8. "RealAudio: NPR's All Things Considered". Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  9. Guy, David (March 10, 1996). "Books in Brief: FICTION & POETRY". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  10. Roberts, Rebecca E. (January 3, 1996). "Fact and imagination mix, but leave only a muddle". Detroit Free Press via
  11. Sampson, Hannah (July 27, 2003). "Sin on the street where you live". Miami Herald via
  12. Roca, Elizabeth (July 20, 2003). "Tracking the fickle human heart, from Lansing to Berlin to Langley". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  13. Haley, Thomas (July 20, 2003). "Stories reveal private drama". Star Tribune via
  14. Nawotka, Edward (June 29, 2009). "Stay Thirsty Lures Veteran Writers". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved December 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "Novelist Pamela Ditchoff". Michigan State University Libraries. October 8, 1999. Retrieved December 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "Instructors". Seniors' College Association of Nova Scotia. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  17. "Back Matter - 1991 Chicago Review Contest". Chicago Review. 37 (2/3). 1991. ISSN 0009-3696.
  18. Ditchoff, Pamela (1991). "Prodigies". Chicago Review. 37 (2/3): 5–22. doi:10.2307/25305485. ISSN 0009-3696.
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