Wally Rudolph’s debut novel, Four Corners, follows Frank Bruce as he navigates the often savage corners of the American southwest. This is a love story juxtaposed against the beauty of Wally’s language, and the violent members of his past. In this addition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Wally Rudolph (pen name of Walter Wong, Sons of Anarchy) about Four Corners.
“It was bright and dark – the way it can be in parking lots at night – but I could see Maddie’s freckles drowning in a swelling red and tears flooding her cheeks. I wanted to feel right. But all my gut had for me was fear and shame, and those rotten f**king truths.” – Wally Rudolph, Four Corners
Born in Canada to Jamaican immigrant parents and raised in Texas, Wally Rudolph smoked marijuana for the first time at the age of fourteen. The joint, rolled from the Book of Revelations of a pocket sized bible, was the start of a fifteen year affair with illicit drugs that took him back and forth across the American Midwest. Along the way, he studied fiction and poetry with Jack Butler, Pulitzer finalist for Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock, and Walt Whitman Award Winner and former NEA fellow, Greg Glazner, at the now defunct College of Santa Fe. A graduate of The Second City Conservatory in Chicago, he continues to study the finer points of fuckery with all of Los Angeles where he now resides with his family.
As an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Street Kings, Bang Bang, and most recently, Sons of Anarchy. In 2007, he was recognized by The Ford Theatre Foundation in Los Angeles as part of its New and Emerging Voices Reading Series for his collection of short stories, The World’s Princess. He also was a finalist and honorable mention for Glimmer Train’s August 2009 Short Story Award for New Writers and their March 2010 Open Fiction contest, respectively. More of his fiction can be found in the literary journals, Milk Money, Lines+Stars, Palooka, Slush Pile, The Brooklyner, and Prospect Park Books 2013 Fiction Anthology, Literary:Pasadena.