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Let Me Clear My Throat--essays on the human voice

Elena Passarello to read from “Let Me Clear My Throat” on Nov 30, 2012

By: Heather Brown, brownhe@onid.orst.edu

Corvallis, OR—Acclaimed essayist and rising star Elena Passarello will read from her debut collection, Let Me Clear My Throat on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Union’s Journey Room on the Oregon State University campus, with a book signing to follow.

Published by Sarabande, Let Me Clear My Throat threads together stories of “screaming memes,” famous voices and sounds that have wound themselves around the cultural imagination, from the mystical “Rebel Yell” and the anonymous “Wilhelm Scream” to the beloved, eternally delightful voice of America’s sweetheart, Judy Garland.

Enthusiastically received both before and following its October publication, excerpts of Passarello’s book appear in Oxford American, BETTER, and The Normal School literary magazines, and it has its own soundtrack on iTunes. John Jeremiah Sullivan, of The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and The Paris Review, and author of Pulphead, praises “the beauty of [a] voice . . . so confidently its own,” and founding editor of The Normal School, Steven Church, says her work, “will teach you things, shake up what you thought you knew, and change the way you listen to the world around you. It might even make you want to holler.”

After receiving her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Passarello spent time acting, teaching, and claiming first prize in the 2011 Stella! Shout Out screaming contest in New Orleans. She currently teaches on the faculty of the Murray State Low-Residency MFA program and is Oregon State University’s most recent addition to their full-time MFA faculty. She lives in Corvallis, OR.

The Literary Northwest Series is co-sponsored by the OSU Beaver Store and the OSU English Department, and celebrates regional literary achievement.

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