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Marylhurst Writing Professor Jay Ponteri Wins Oregon Book Award

Marylhurst University is pleased to announce Jay Ponteri was awarded the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction at the Oregon Book Awards for "Wedlocked."

"Wedlocked" considers what it looks and feels like to be a lonely human inside a marriage, to push away the one who loves you and fail as a husband. It looks inside an American marriage and describes what it sees through the lens of human loneliness.

"Jay is a compassionate writer and teacher and this award is both an affirmation of his book and the creative writing program he directs here at Marylhurst," said Meg Roland, chair of Marylhurst's Department of English. He brings a spirit of generosity to our students and writing community."

Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst, and is the founder of the university's show:tell summer workshop for teen writers and artists and two online literary magazines. He has published numerous essays and short stories; "Wedlocked" is his first book.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,600 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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