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Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing
450 E Tyler Mall, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Elena Passarello reads from her latest collection of essays, Animals Strike Curious Poses
Friday, March 16th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281)
To learn more about Elena's reading, visit piper.asu.edu/events/2018/a-reading-with-elena-passarello
An informal q&a and book signing will follow the reading. This event is open to the public and free.
About the Book:
Yuka, a 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth found in the Siberian permafrost; the wolf of Gubbio and St. Francis of Assisi; Mozart's starling; Mr. Ed; Koko the Gorilla; Cecil the Lion; an early modern poem for a cat named Jeoffry; each of these sixteen essays investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, these essays traverse history, myth, science, and more, bringing each beast vibrantly to life.
About the Author:
Elena Passarello is an actor, writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012), 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: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay.
Passarello has performed in several regional theaters in the East and Midwest, originating roles in the premieres of Christopher Durang’s Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge and David Turkel’s Wild Signs and Holler. In 2011, she became the first woman winner of the annual Stella Screaming Contest in New Orleans. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.