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Anthony Valerio
New Book launch--Tuesday FebruARY 6M 2024.
Just in. About Valerio's Confessions Professor Nerenberg says:
"These confessions, mine, Walter Michael Gregory's, center on the interstices between soft and hard literary porn as they were known in the 1960s and 70s."
 This is the kernel of Anthony Valerio's salty and sweet, romping short book, Confessions of an Aspiring Pornographer. Trying to survive as a writer in New York City, Wally joins Ern Billions, Bonita Guggenheim, and Tad Browning as a staff writer at Porn/Prose, where, on spec and on commission, they write porn for hire. And "for hire" is part of the title of the pseudonymous Wally's best-known effort, This Body for Hire, which also has a place within the pages of Valerio's Confessions. Things are hard and soft in so many ways and directions. Among the hard are the winter of 1979, the rules of copyediting that Wally learns at Ern's knee, the lead of the Number 2 pencils he uses to ply his trade as a writers and editor, the concept of one-way staircase that disappears behind anyone who climbs it, the black laces of Sister Morisella's hard-soled black shoes. Among the soft we can group the heart of Anonymous, the hooker Wally invents as the first-person narrator of This Body for Hire, the pillowy arms and bosoms of the women his single mom Caroline surrounds herself with, the rounded characters of the notes Caroline the wordless uses to express herself. Pastiche reigns supreme as genre in this book that pivots between hard and soft, between first and third person narrator, between the writing hand and sober, dignified copyeditor's font and type. Delightful and witty, Confessions of an Aspiring Pornographer is unafraid to own its Times Square-in-the-1970s setting.
Prof. E. Nerenberg, Wesleyan University

Review of Confessions

from Grailing Press

enjoyed being on this podcast yesterday.




enjoyed appearance on this podcast with Prof. Ellen Nerenberg--about
Dante and his eternal story of unrequited love, Vita Nova. -

enjoyed radio show yesterday. helped with fund raiser, shared resources, read a little Faulkner and from IMMIGRANTS.
catch it here:

My 2 1/2 hr. supportive, fun Writing Workshop & the Writer's Life!

radio appearance featuring discussion/readings from IMMIGRANTS 2 -


Radio spot Thursday December 15, 2016-


Enjoyed RADIO SPOT again with Stephan Alison -

Creative Bestsellers: Concept to Sales
2+ hours of tips, techniques, anecdotes.

A Supporting, Nurturing, Creative Environment-
Some of the Segments:
The Magic of Creative Writing
The Devices Writers Use: Time, Images, Narrative Voice
The Revision Process
Writers’ Block

Anecdotes & Lessons of Writers I've worked with:
Kurt Vonnegut,
Harold Brodkey
Shel Silverstein

Recent review:Jump start your project!
What a great course! I think it has helped free me from old, unhelpful habits. I feel I have some tools now to bring to a close a project I have been working on for longer than I like to think about. Valerio is easy to listen to and really knows his way in and around the various stages of writing projects, from the creative process to editing. He’s engaging, encouraging, and inviting and the course itself is very easy to follow and the video is excellent. I recommend!