Welcome to our July episode of Late Night Debut. This month we feature Jay Ponteri’s memoir, Wedlocked—it offers readers an intimate, idiosyncratic view of a human institution that can so often fail, leaving its inhabitants lonely and adrift. “Many recent books have been written, of course, about sex, marriage, love, men, and women,” writes David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. “Very few if any risk the level of intimacy, candor, and rawness that Jay Ponteri’s book does. Very few if any behold the husband (in all his agony) with the depth that this book does. Very few if any expose the male psyche with this book’s nerve. None that I can think of is smarter about the uses of fantasy. I hugely admire Wedlocked.Act 1: Paul Martone covers controversial and entertaining book stories in the news for July.
Act 2: Emily Kendal Frey and Scott Nadelson discuss Wedlocked at Literary Arts.
Act 3: Louie Opatz talks with Jay at Late Night Library HQ.
“There’s something about making art . . . it’s very safe to do when we’re showing it to strangers. It’s not so safe when we feel like we have to show it to the people we know.”
Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and Show: Tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine M Review and HABIT Books. His work has appeared in Tin House,Puerto Del Sol, Seattle Review and “Listen to This,” was chosen as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2010. Jay lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son.
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About our Act 2 co-host authors:
Emily Kendal Frey lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches at Portland Community College and The Independent Publishing Resource Center. She is the author of the chapbooks AIRPORT (Blue Hour 2009), FRANCES (Poor Claudia 2010), THE NEW PLANET (Mindmade Books 2010) and BAGUETTE (Cash Machine, 2013). THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE, her first full-length collection, was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2011 and won the Norman Farber First Book Award from The Poetry Society of America in 2012.
Scott Nadelson is the author of a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress, and three story collections, Aftermath, The Cantor’s Daughter, and Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories. A winner of the Oregon Book Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Prize for Jewish Fiction, he teaches creative writing at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.
About our Act 3 host:Louie Opatz received his MFA from Portland State University. His work has appeared on numerous unfinished to-do lists. You can follow him on Twitter @LouieOpatz.”