Erica Trabold in Conversation with Elena Passarello
On Tuesday, November 13th, at 7 pm we welcome Erica Trabold to the store, in conversation with Elena Passarello. Trabold is a Nebraska-born essayist. Her debut collection of essays, Five Plots, delves into notions of how we are shaped by the land every bit as much as we shape it. Nebraska's multiplicities and coexisting truths are embedded deep within Trabold, and that is reflected in her collection. The book also wades into relationships between family and memory, where seemingly placid truths reveal hidden eddies and drowned tree trunks of looming danger. Trabold has a poet's eye for craft at the sentence level.
Five Plots is the winner of the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, selected by final judge John D'Agata. This is a biennial prize founded by the editors of Seneca Review to support and celebrate the breadth of work being done in the essay form today. Trabold's essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Passages North, The Collagist, South Dakota Review, Seneca Review, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. A graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Erica writes and teaches in Portland.
Elena Passarello is a writer, actor, and professor. She is currently a professor of Creative Writing at Oregon State University and the announcer of the Live Wire Radio Shows. Elena is the author of two books: Let Me Clear My Throat, which was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award, and Animals Strike Curious Poses, which won the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2018. Her dream in life is to one day jump out of a cake.