About Jessica Cotten
some more information me and the worlds I create…
“Hearts wilt like flowers, if not tended to.”
— From
Our Hearts Have Seen a Scorching

First, chocolate. I like it dark. Real dark. Like, 85% dark. And not on top of fruit. There. Now we can move on to the nonessentials.

I’ve done lots of things (teacher, creative director, musician, herbalist), and daydream about doing more (opening a community apothecary or, oh I don’t know…becoming secretary of state?). I mostly just try to follow where the inspiration leads me. There is so much to learn. This is why I write.

One of the most rewarding jobs I’ve had so far was teaching ESOL. My classroom became a living room for students from all over the world who mostly needed to feel

like they belonged somewhere. Don’t we all? This is also why I write.

I currently live in Pennsylvania, where the rolling hills have become a haven for my heart to find its voice. Being in nature, taking walks on mostly unpaved roads with my Australian Shepherd/Golden Retriever Pippen, and immersing myself in the goodness of the earth are all sparks for my creative process.

I write poetry, music, fiction (my first speculative fantasy is set for release in 2020!), and I’m working on a nonfiction book for artists. I contribute as a writer and poet to the Presence Project and the Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice.

I hope that my words offer the world a place to breathe and a sense of connection to the deeper meanings of life.

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Though it was dark, she was everywhere. His past, his dreams, his heart.” — From forthcoming novel
The title of the novel is a secret. You can ask, but I won’t tell you. Yet.