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.
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
January 11 – March 1, 2015
Sundays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (8 class meetings)
This class for aspiring memoir writers will help you complete the first draft of a memoir in just eight weeks. Participants will commit to an aggressive writing schedule and explore aspects of memory based writing in a supportive environment. You do not need permission to register, however you should have some prior experience in writing nonfiction, as well as a specific project to which you will devote these eight weeks. Participants will present their work to the class for discussion 3-4 times. Limited to 12 students.
Jay Ponteri’s memoir, Wedlocked, won the 2014 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Jay 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, a publisher of prose and poetry chapbooks. His chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again, was published in 2014 by Future Tense Books. His essay “Listen to this” was mentioned as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2010. He has published prose in Del Sol Review, Seattle Review, Salamander, Cimarron Review, Puerto Del Sol, and Forklift, Ohio, among others. Most recently he published an essay on a Robert Walser sentence in Tinhouse.com‘s “Art of the Sentence” series.
To register, go to Literary Arts.
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- 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205
In Loitering: New & Collected Essays (forthcoming from Tin House Books), Charles D’Ambrosio crowds around relationships, people, and cultures that are marginalized or in ruins or that have totally...Forward
An essay is an artificial intelligence, a continual reenactment of a particular strand of thinking. Whenever the reader encounters one, it runs like software in her head as she reads, producing an...Forward
Wedlocked shows how couple wrestles with difficult times
The ingredients for a stellar memoir are simple: lay your soul bare for all to judge you.
Actually doing that, though, takes exploring your...Forward
I write lyric essay and memoir, so the communication of complex, sometimes contradictory emotions from one human to another lies at the heart of my prose. I have found that many American readers are...Forward
On March 17th Jay Ponteri was awarded the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction at the Oregon Book Awards for Wedlocked.
Literary Arts congratulates the winners of the 2014 Oregon Book...Forward
Last month I had the honor of stealing about half an hour of time from Rhonda Hughes’s busy day to learn more about traditional publishing and Hawthorne Books, the press that published Jay Ponteri’s...Forward