Faculty & Facilities

Our accomplished faculty and mentors work closely with students both remotely and during summer and winter sessions in our beautiful home base in Portland, Oregon.

Jay Ponteri

Director, Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing

MFA, Warren Wilson College
MA, New Mexico State

Jay Ponteri directed the creative writing program at Marylhurst University from 2008-2018 and is the author of Darkmouth Inside Me and Wedlocked. The recipient of the 2013 Oregon Book Award and the Frank Waters Fellowship, Jay is also the founder of Show:Tell, The Workshop for Teen Artist and Writers. Jay serves as an instructor at Literary Arts, on the advisory board of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) and on the board of Tavern Books, a poetry press.

2020-21 Faculty and Guest Artists

2020-21 Summer Residency Faculty Mentors and Guest Artists


Alejandro de Acosta
Matt Hart
Sara Jaffe
Perrin Kerns
Poupeh Missaghi
Vi Khi Nao
Alison C Rollins
Brandon Shimoda
Dao Strom
Tyrone Williams

Guests Artists

Jenny Boully
Catie Hannigan
Daniela Naomi Molnar

Albert Solheim Library

Access to everything

Students also have access to all labs, shops, libraries and equipment at PNCA. Labs are staffed by qualified technicians able to provide students with technical assistance and instruction, with specialized equipment for book arts, printmaking, ceramics, design, metals, photography, wood, video, sound, and interactive digital works. There are several different digital computer labs with professional-level color, large-format printing capabilities.

Learn more

Reach out to Jay Ponteri, Director of the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing, with any questions you may have about the program. jponteri@pnca.edu

Email Jessie Werner to schedule a tour. jwerner@pnca.edu

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