Hiram College

Hiram College graduate Pamela Schoenewaldt will return to campus where she completed her degree in two years, for a convocation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in the Pritchard Room of the Hiram College Library.

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature is sponsoring the convocation titled “How Irma sewed a new life: Adventures in writing one’s immigrant journey.”

Schoenewaldt will read from When We Were Strangers, a historical novel (HarperCollins, 2011), following a young needleworker’s journey from her mountain village in Italy to Cleveland and Chicago in the late 1800’s.

Schoenewaldt lived for ten years in a small town outside Naples, Italy. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy and the United States. Her play, “Espresso con mia madre” (Espresso with My Mother) was performed at Teatro Cilea in Naples.

She taught writing for the University of Maryland, European Division, and the University of Tennessee, where she was Writer in Residence. Pamela lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband, Maurizio Conti, a medical physicist, and their dog Jesse, a philosopher.