Assistant Professor, Creative Writing - Nonfiction
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Office: 541-737-1673

Moreland Hall

Moreland Hall 342

2550 SW Jefferson Way

2550 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
MFA, University of Iowa, 2008
BA, University of Pittsburgh, 2000
Honors and Awards: 

Whiting Award in Nonfiction, 2015

Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, 2015

Gold Medal, IPPY Awards, 2013

Fellowship, Macdowell Colony, 2011

Fellowship, Hambidge Center, 2010 


Office Hours: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00-3:55PM

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Sch of Wrtg Lit & Film
Courses Taught: 

ENG 107: Introduction to Literature: Creative Nonfiction

ENG 320 Page, Stage, and Screen (Special Topic: Nonfiction and Performance)

WR 445/545 Studies in Nonfiction (Special Topic: The Last Five Years in Nonfiction)  

WR 445/545 Studies in Nonfiction (Special Topic: The Essayistic Sentence)

WR 540: MFA Nonfiction Workshop

WR 580: Literary Magazines

WR 580: Graduate Seminar (Special Topic: 21st Century Documentary Theater)

Research/Career Interests: 

Elena Passarello teaches courses on writing and reading literary nonfiction. Her own essays on pop culture, music, performing arts, and the natural world have recently appeared in Oxford American, Creative Nonfiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Iowa Review as well as the anthologies After Montaigne (UGA Press 2015), I’ll Tell You Mine, (University of Chicago Press 2015) and Cat is Art Spelled Wrong (Coffeehouse/ Walker Art Center, 2015).

Her first book, Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012) won the Independent Publishers’ gold medal for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Sarabande will publish her second essay collection, Animals Strike Curious Poses, in 2017. She serves on the board of the NonfictionNow conference, is nonfiction editor of Iron Horse Review, and co-edits the “In Place” nonfiction series at West Virginia University Press.

Passarello is a recipient of fellowships from OSU’s Center for the Humanities, Literary Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. In 2015, she received the Whiting Award in nonfiction.