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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: 

Residency, Willapa Bay Air, 2017

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 3:30-4:30PM

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Affiliated with: 
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 340: Creative Nonfiction Workshop

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

WR 580: Graduate Seminar (Special Topic: The Essay Before 1800)

Research/Career Interests: 

Elena Passarello teaches courses on writing and reading literary nonfiction. Her own essays on pop culture, performing arts, and the natural world have recently appeared in the New York Times, Oxford American, and Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as the anthologies After Montaigne (UGA Press 2015) and Little Boxes: Twelve Writers on Television (Coffeehouse, 2017).

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. Her second essay collection, Animals Strike Curious Poses (Sarabande, 2017), was  a New York Times Editor's choice and will be reprinted in Germany, Italy, and the UK. 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.