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Someone Told Me Now Tells You: An Exhibition & Performance by Jay Ponteri

December 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

An figure wearing a long sleeve white shirt and glasses stands before a white wall, holding a book. They smile softly.

On December 3rd, Jay Ponteri will celebrate the launch of his book Someone Told Me, published by Widow+Orphan Books this fall. In PNCA’s Design Corridor, Ponteri will exhibit source materials and read excerpts from the book. Visitors should feel free to visit briefly, as one might a reception for an art opening, or stay for the duration. Books will available for purchase. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP through Eventbrite (link in bio @pnca_creativewriting).

Jay Ponteri directed the creative writing program at Marylhurst University from 2008-2018 and is now the program head of PNCA’s Low-Residency Creative Writing program. His book of creative nonfiction Someone Told Me is being published by Widow+Orphan House, Fall 2021. He’s also the author of Darkmouth Inside Me (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Wedlocked (Hawthorne Books, 2013), which received an Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Two of Ponteri’s essays, “Listen to this” and “On Navel Gazing” have earned “Notable Mentions” in Best American Essay Anthologies. His work has also appeared in many literary journals: Gaze, Ghost Proposal, Eye-Rhyme, Seattle Review, Forklift, Ohio, Knee-Jerk, Cimarron Review, Tin House, and Clackamas Literary Review. While teaching at Marylhurst, Ponteri was twice awarded the Excellence in Teaching & Service Award. In 2007, Ponteri founded Show:Tell, The Workshop for Teen Artist and Writers, now part of summer programming at Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC.org) on whose Resource Council he serves. He teaches memoir classes at Literary Arts and lives with his son, Oscar, and Oscar’s pug, MO.


Meghann Gilligan


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Performance Art
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Portland, OR 97209 United States
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