The Story of Jessan Dunn Otis (short version)

Since 1985, Jessan has been a published poet, entrepreneur, professional independent, strategic writer, consultant, collaborator, creator, adjunct professor, guest lecturer and visiting artist, having earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Graduate Writing ProgramBrown 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 intended to return to college as a returned undergraduate to earn her BA degree, with the goal of, then, earning a JD degree in international relations. Her vision was to sit on the World Court. Half way through her undergraduate work, she was asked a question. One week later, Jessan answered that question with one word: “Yes.”; and, that changed everything.

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.  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.

Thank you,

~ Jessan

Jessan Dunn Otis | Writer

Jessan Dunn Otis | Writer

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