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.



  • nonfiction / memoir

Essayistic, narrative, and meditative by turns, Ponteri’s is a beautiful and truly courageous voice.

Jenny Boully
Author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings

​Married writer Jay Ponteri finds himself infatuated with a woman other than his wife and writes a manuscript to explore his feelings. Discovery of this manuscript understandably strains his marriage.Wedlockedoffers readers an intimate, idiosyncratic view of a human institution that can so often...Forward

Readings and events

Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 2:30 pm|

Jay Ponteri at the Compose Creative Writing Conference 2015

The Compose Creative Writing Conference will take place on May 2 at CCC’s Oregon City Campus in Roger Rook Hall, with check-in beginning at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per session and lunch is available for an additional $10.

This daylong event features workshops in fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, comics, songwriting, creative nonfiction, digital storytelling and publishing led by local authors. Presenters and special guests include: Screenwriters Gill Dennis (Walk the Line) and Rafael Alvarez (The Wire); National Book Award-winning poet Mary Szybist; Diana Schutz of Dark Horse Comics; Jeff Baker, film and literary critic for The Oregonian; and award-winning authors Willy Vlautin, Kevin Sampsell, Nicole J. Georges, Jay Ponteri, Samuel Snoek-Brown, Nick Triolo, Annalisa Tornfelt, Terry Blas, Trista Cornelius and Joanna Rose. CCC English Department faculty presenters include Sue Mach, Kate Gray, Taylor Donnelly, Jaime Wood, Matt Warren, Sue Pesznecker, Nicole Rosevear and Marlene Broemer.

“Storytelling Now” is a free seminar that will commence during the evening of Compose. This seminar features Rafael Alvarez, Diana Schutz, Gill Dennis, and other new media creatives in a discussion of the art and craft of storytelling in the digital age.
For more information contact Sue Mach ( or 503-594-3262.

locationClackamas Community College English Department
Roger Rook Hall, 19600 Molalla Avenue , Oregon City, OR 97045


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