Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award in nonfiction. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne. Her most recent work is Animals Strike Curious Poses. Elena teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University and lives in Corvallis.
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