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

Sunday, 27 April 2014 at 7:00 pm|

LYE:WORDS // Rauan Klassnik // Jay Ponteri // Kevin Sampsell

LYE:WORDS is an occasional reading series at POND Gallery in the heart of downtown Portland.

Bring your pretty faces for a very special evening.
Drinks will be available.
Seating is limited (30). Standing is limited to your comfort zone.
Donations will be accepted - 25% goes to each reader and 25% to support future LYE events.


Rauan Klassnik’s newest book, Sky Rat, has just released from Spork. He is also the author of two Black Ocean books: Holy Land (2008) and The Moon’s Jaw (2013). He lives in a quiet suburb of Seattle with his wife Edith.

Jay Ponteri teaches literature and writing at Marylhurst University. In 2013 Hawthorne Books published his memoir, Wedlocked, which recently won an Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Future Tense Books is publishing a chapbook soon titled Darkmouth Strikes Again.

Kevin Sampsell is a bookseller and publisher living in Portland, Oregon. His books include the memoir, A Common Pornography, and the novel, This Is Between Us. He is currently working on a book about collage art.

locationPond Gallery
920 West Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
503 327-8849


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