Pelosi, Olimpia 1957-

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PELOSI, Olimpia 1957-


Born August 27, 1957, in Serino, Italy; daughter of Carmine (an engineer) and Filomena (a teacher; maiden name, Verderame) Pelosi; married David M. Billmeyer (a biologist), September 1, 1994; children: Stanley Murphey. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Salerno, Ph.D. (Italian language and literature), 1978, Ph.D. (foreign modern languages), 1981; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D. (Romance languages), 1990. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Painting.


Home—6079 East Old State Rd., Schenectady, NY 12303. Office—Department of Language, Literature, and Cultures, State University of New York at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222. E-mail—[email protected].


State University of New York at Albany, associate professor of Italian language and literature, 1990—.


Modern Language Association of America, American Association of Teachers of Italian, AISS, AISLLI.


Cinque saggi sul Polifilo, Edisud (Naples, Italy), 1987.

Satiroa barocca e teoriche sul genere dal cinque all'ottocento (criticism), Federico & Ardia (Naples, Italy), 1991.

Teseo e l'anima errante (criticism), Federico & Ardia (Naples, Italy), 1996.

Dal mio lato dell'ombra (poems; title means "On My Side of the Shadow"), Ibiskos (Florence, Italy), 2000.


A book of poems, with English translation; collecting material for a novel.


Olimpia Pelosi told CA: "I write because it is the only way I have to be completely happy and at peace with myself. There are two sides to my writing: the academic one, in which I have been more prolific until now, and the creative one, which I cherish the most in my heart. My academic writing is influenced by critical curiosity and intellectual challenges; my creative work is influenced by my feelings and emotions. My work is inspired by life, memories, dreams, the beautiful Italian and American landscapes that I love, and the intense desire to 'save' some dazzling or sad moments I have experienced."