Since 1985, Jessan has been a published poet, entrepreneur, professional independent, freelance writer, consultant, collaborator, creator, adjunct professor, guest lecturer and visiting artist, having earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Graduate Writing Program, Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island); and, her BA (with highest honors, Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi) from the University of Rhode Island.
Jessan has taught at the Community College of Rhode Island, Bryant University, founded The Writer’s Workshop in Apache Junction, AZ; and, has given numerous readings of her work – including at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Villa Serbelloni, Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center (Bellagio, Italy), Levinson|Kane Gallery (Boston, MA) and other venues.
Born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, Jessan lives and works in Rhode Island, with her husband, Al, and their Blue Merle Shetland Sheepdog, Gus -The Wonder Dog. She is the mother of two beloved sons, Alessandro and Cesare, from a previous marriage.
For a bit more about Jessan and how she became a writer, please read “Why I am a #Writer” post.