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Jay Ponteri Publishes Memoir

Jay Ponteri, creative writing program director, will give a reading from his celebrated new memoir, Wedlocked, on March 29, 2013 at Powell's City of Books.

"There are many books being published today that are hailed as 'daring' or 'brave,' but for me, there is only one book that is daring and brave: this book is Jay Ponteri's Wedlocked," says Jenny Boully, author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings.

About the Book

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. Wedlocked offers readers an intimate, idiosyncratic view of a human institution that can so often fail, leaving its inhabitants lonely and adrift. The narrator struggles with living deep inside his thoughts and dreams while yearning to be known and loved by either woman in his life. For many marrieds, attraction to people other than their spouses has long been a classic refrain, and even President Jimmy Carter famously admitted to Playboy, "I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times ... The guy who's loyal to his wife ought not to be condescending or proud because of the relative degree of sinfulness." Ponteri lays bare his inner life and in doing so provides all of us in monogamous relationships rich material to consider.

About the Author

Jay Ponteri is the director of the creative writing program and an associate faculty in the Department of English Literature and Writing at Marylhurst University. He has recently published work in Salamander, The Seattle Review, Knee-Jerk Magazine and Puerto Del Sol. He published an interview with David Shields in Tin House. His essay, Listen to this, was chosen as a Notable Essay in 2010 Best American Essays.

Read more about Wedlocked at Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts


"Many recent books have been written, of course, about sex, marriage, love, men, and women. Very few if any risk the level of intimacy, candor, and rawness that Jay Ponteri's book does. Very few if any behold the husband (in all his agony) with the depth that this book does. Very few if any expose the male psyche with this book's nerve. None that I can think of is smarter about the uses of fantasy. I hugely admire Wedlocked."
--  David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

Read more reviews of Wedlocked


Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 5:30 pm

Powell's City of Books, Portland, Oregon
Friday, March 29, 2013, 7:30 pm
Scott Nadelson and Jay Ponteri will read from their memoirs, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress and Wedlocked. Following the reading please join us for a book launch party at Cassidy's Restaurant and Bar. Open to the public, free drink and cake while supplies last.

Marylhurst Reading Series, Marylhurst, Oregon
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 3:30 pm

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