Pam Woolway


I am a Kauai-based poet, journalist and artist.
In 2015 I began taking orders for poems at a monthly art walk for my own delight and to share a love of words. I sit behind a typewriter composing poems-to-order for passersby. Having waitressed for over 20 years, I am unabashedly sentimental about the iconic green guest check. People offer a word or phrase as a title, and I craft a poem on the spot. The poem customer receives the green Guest Copy and I keep the yellow carbon Kitchen Copy. On Kauai I am known as The Short Order Poet.

I love words and human beings and the electricity traveling between us when we are curious and open to the unknown.
I believe that poetry heals the brokenest of hearts - and when read aloud- even more so.
I am committed to sharing poetry that makes you a more attentive observer, listener and friend.

Download "Short Order Poems" or visit to request a personalized poem. Or visit me on Instagram @shortorderpoet.

My husband and I moved to Kauai in 2001. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northern Arizona University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. My work is published in newspapers, literary journals and magazines.

Where to find Pam Woolway online


Short Order Poems
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 720. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Poetry
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Short Order Poems were crafted on a Remington 5 vintage typewriter at art events on the island of Kauai, where Pam Woolway, known as The Short Order Poet, composes spontaneous verse on an iconic four-by-six inch waitress guest check. The customer offers a word or phrase as the title of the poem. When the poem is finished, they receive the green guest copy and Pam retains the yellow kitchen copy.

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