Profile

Elena Passarello’s essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have most recently appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’sParis Review, and Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018. She is the author of two collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, which made the Best Books of 2017 lists by the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Elena is the recipient of the Whiting Award and the Oregon Book Award, and her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Hebrew, and Chinese. She served as the 2018 New Harmony Writer-in-Residence and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Hambidge Center, the Willapa Bay residencies, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Elena is a faculty member of Oregon State University’s MFA program, the co-editor of the In Place nonfiction book series, and a board member for Nonfiction Now, the largest international conference on the genre. She appears weekly on Public Radio International’s variety and culture show, LiveWire!

Education

MFA - Creative Writing | University of Iowa

BA - English | University of Pittsburgh

Barbara Hurd

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Natasha Sajé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry/CNF]

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Caleb Curtiss

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Sue William Silverman

Faculty Co-chair, MFA in Writing [CNF/hybrid forms]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Chachi Hauser

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Hasanthika Sirisena

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

David Wojahn

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Leslie Ullman

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Clint McCown

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Philip Metres

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Elena Passarello

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Richard Jackson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Samuel Kọ́láwọlé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

T. Geronimo Johnson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Betsy Sholl

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Fernando A. Flores

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Adam McOmber

Faculty Co-chair, MFA in Writing [fiction/hybrid forms]; Editor in Chief, Hunger Mountain Review

Bret Lott

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

Clifford Thompson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/ hybrid forms]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Robin MacArthur

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Ellen Lesser

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Melissa Faliveno

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Connie May Fowler

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]; Director, Novel Retreat

Nance Van Winckel

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/poetry]

Patrick Madden

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/hybrid forms]

Wanjikū Wa Ngūgī

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Miciah Bay Gault

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat