National Poetry Month Celebration 2015
Vines, a retired Army officer and former Defense contractor, recently started her own public relations firm based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She named the company Troop Public Relations, as tribute to service members, past and present, who don’t have a voice in the media.
Well-experienced in handling crisis, Troop Public Relations gets results for business owners by teaching executives and their staffs how to respond to unexpected situations that threaten their workplace; such as violence, natural disasters, or any of the hundreds of issues that can disrupt day-to-day operations.
Vines has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Art’s in Management and Leadership degree from Webster University. She’s nearly finished with a second Master’s degree in Human Resources Management, also from Webster University.
Vines and her husband are active in a number of church, school and community activities. They are the co-director’s of their church’s Marriage Enrichment Ministry at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia. Vines also established the Mitchellville/Bowie Writers’ Group. Her first novel titled, Born of Sin, will be published later this summer. She is also working on project showcasing her poetry collection.
Her other passions include reading, sewing, cruising and discussing natural hair techniques with anyone who’ll listen. Active on social media, you can join Pamela’s conversations on Twitter @The_Write_Won and subscribe to one (or all) of her three blogs: www.trooppr.com/blog, www.pamelahartvines.com/blog and http://naturalhairconsultant.wordpress.com,
Pamela and her husband Shurman Vines, Sr. live in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. They have one son, three daughters, one son-in-law, one grandson and two cats.
Love inspires me. Unfortunately, most of my poems were the result of a break up or other heartbreak. Poetry is therapeutic and healing for me.
2. What advice do you have for someone that is threatened by poetry?
Don’t be afraid of poetry. It’s a beautiful form of expression that speaks from deep within your soul.
3. What is an interesting fact about you?
I was born on Leap Year.
4. Where are you from/Where do you live?
I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA but we live in Upper Marlboro, Maryland now.
5. Who is your favorite poet?
My favorite poet is Paul Lawrence Dunbar.