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Essayist Elena Passarello comes to Georgia Southern on February 21

The Department of Writing and Linguistics, in conjunction with Campus Life Enrichment Committee, is pleased to announce that essayist and actor Elena Passarello will be giving a public reading of her creative nonfiction on Wednesday, February 21, in IT1005 from 6-7 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Passarello’s books will be available for purchase before and after the reading.

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 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 has performed in several regional theaters in the East and Midwest. 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.

For more information about the reading, please contact Christina Olson.

The College of Arts and Humanities, the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity, and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world.


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