Pamela Mattson McDonald


Pamela Mattson McDonaldWhile a successful, visual artist at the mouth of the Columbia River for twenty years, Pamela Mattson McDonald relied on acute observation, creativity, and a disciplined focus.

For the last ten, she’s honed these skills in the written word. Her work is a window on her varied past experience and worldview. She’s worked in the merchant marines, cooked in fine restaurants, gardened extensively, hiked, climbed, and traveled the world.

Her work is represented in print and on the Internet. Also, the author of the Jennifer Harrington Jones Mysteries, Pamela’s eBooks are available at and iTunes books. She is the author of the unpublished “Slingin’ Hash and Haulin’ Oil”.


The Squid

  • Hoffman Gallery’s Literary Magazine Manzanita, Oregon is featuring my nonfiction story, Motorcycles and Upright Pianos in its October 2021 issue.

Hipfish: alternative press serving the lower columbia pacific region

Seaside Public Library Foundation

  • The Substitute  Short Story Anthology  April 2019

Daily Astorian Newspaper

  • MERTS Boxed Opinion Piece February 2, 2016
  • Traffic Alert: Blizzards and Volcanic Ash Ahead September 11, 2009

Oregon Health and Science University

  • Activity and Restaurant Guide to Healthy Living at the Confluence of the Columbia     June 2015

Heirloom Gardening Magazine

Produce News Magazine

  • Urban Farms     July 2014

Mountain Hiking Magazine

Astoria Coop Newsletter

Rain Magazine, Astoria, Oregon

  • Fiction – Parade   Spring 2014
  • Essay – The Middle of Somewhere   Spring 2011

Huffington Post Live

  • Deployed During the Holidays      December 19, 2012

The Ship Report


  • It Is a Family Disease   September 2012

Sun Magazine

  • Essay in Change of Heart   August 2007

Woodfired Ceramics

  • Coll Minogue and Robert Sanderson; Contributed writing Pg. 139- 40, 2000


  • BFA Alfred University
  • MAE Pacific University
  • AB United States Merchant Marine

Contact Pamela Mattson McDonald