Elena Passarello is an actor, essayist, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesParis Review, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018, and has been translated into German, Italian, French, and Mandarin. She is the author of the essay collections Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, the latter of which won the 2018 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction and made the Best Books of 2017 lists in the New York TimesGuardian, and Publisher’s Weekly. Passarello lives in Corvallis and teaches at Oregon State University.