Dr. Jennifer Sasser, human sciences chair and gerontology program director, is one of several experts who will lead Oregon Humanities' Talking About Dying Series starting in September 2015.
Natalie Serber and Jay Ponteri will each publish a book in the coming year – a short story collection and a memoir, respectively.
Natalie Serber's story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The publication date is June 26, 2012.
"In the complexities of family triumphs and catastrophes, Natalie Serber is always achingly specific," says Charles Baxter, author of Gryphon: New and Selected Stories. "Between mothers and daughters, women and their lovers, she misses nothing, and in all her scenes, the reader feels the true breath of life."
Jay Ponteri's memoir, Wedlocked, will be published in April 2013 by Hawthorne Books.
"Many recent books have been written, of course, about sex, marriage, love, men and women. Very few, if any, risk the level of intimacy, candor and rawness that Jay Ponteri's book does," says David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. "None that I can think of is smarter about the uses of fantasy. I hugely admire Wedlocked."
Natalie Serber's work has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre and Gulf Coast, among others, and online at Hunger Mountain. Awards include the Tobias Wolff Award, H.E. Francis Award, John Steinbeck Award, and a finalist mention for the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award. She is working on a novel.
Jay Ponteri has recently published work in Salamander, The Seattle Review, Knee-Jerk Magazine and Puerto Del Sol. He published an interview with David Shields in Tin House. He has poems forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio (summer 2012). His essay "Listen to this" was mentioned as a Notable Essay in 2010 Best American Essays.