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Pamela Gerhardt

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Principal Lecturer, English

(301) 405-3850

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Pamela Gerhardt has written professionally for 25 years for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and The Sun. Her memoir, Lucky That Way, was published by University of Missouri Press, Oct. 1, 2013. An excerpt appeared in the June 2008 issue of The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, and a more recent companion story appeared in The Washington Post Health and Science section, August, 2011. Lucky That Way won the 2014 American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Outstanding Book Prize, memoir category. She appeared as a guest on ABC's Nightline June 21, 2001. Her journalism work has been anthologized by Greenhaven Press and Books International and has been widely reprinted on the Internet. She has worked as an editor for both literary and consumer magazines, including a five-year stint with Whittle Communications, publisher of Esquire. As a professional writing instructor/consultant she has worked for NASA, The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, The American Chemical Society, and Shire Pharmaceutical, USA. She received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 1993 and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May 1983 and has taught advanced writing and editing classes at Virginia Commonwealth University, Johns Hopkins University, and Texas A&M University. She currently teaches Narrative Nonfiction in the Professional Writing Program at University of Maryland, Department of English, and was the Faculty Coordinator for the Program from 2007 to 2011. She was awarded the Senior Lecturer title from 2011-2012, a one-year award. She blogs and tweets regularly on topics related to elder care and aging. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer Fall 2015. https://pamelagerhardt.contently.



Lucky That Way: Rediscovering My Father's World

Lucky That Way, a nuanced, richly engaging memoir, chronicles the joys and tribulations of a daughter who rediscovers her father as he nears the end of his life.


Lead: Pamela Gerhardt
Ernie Gerhardt, an artist and teacher, is largely estranged from his five children, but when he suffers a debilitating stroke, his daughter Pamela must fly to Las Vegas to tend to him. When she arrives to find Ernie newly and shockingly fragile, she is hit by an unexpected wave of tenderness.