Jessica’s upcoming and past events  include readings, workshops, lectures, and more. Contact Jessica today for interview requests or other queries.

Jessica reads at the Portland Art Museum during Workstock.

Upcoming Events

Check out the PDX Winter Poetry Festival to hear Jessica and more poets read and perform on Saturday, December 22. It’s FREE to attend (workshop costs vary).

Join Jessica at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn “Night of Ideas” hosted by the French Embassy for a talk on Red/Act: The State of Incarcerated Indigenous Women and Poetry January 31st.

As a recipient of a Researcher-led Initiative Award at the University of Exeter, Jessica will be hosting a workshop on SEO for researchers and creatives in spring 2019 (exact time and date TBA).

Jessica is reading at Reston Readings on Sunday, February 24th at 5:30pm. Close to Washington DC, the address is Reston’s Used Book Shop at 1623 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA 20190.

Jessica will be reading at an off-site event at Devil’s Den Wine Bar for AWP’s 2019 conference in Portland, Oregon in March 2019. More details coming soon.

Jessica will read at the Gettysburg NMP Museum Visitor Center on April 7th at 10 a.m. for the culmination of her National Parks Art Foundation residency.

Jessica will be a featured speaker and signing books at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland May 18.

Jessica’s book The Last Exotic Petting Zoo is being featured in the upcoming film Welcome to Pine Grove! Keep an eye on the film production and check out actor Ellen Burstyn reading on set:

Actor Ellen Burstyn reading The Last Exotic Petting Zoo on set.

Past Events


November 2018: Jessica read her poetry and introduced the Antipode online tool at Halcyon Arts Lab Open Studios in Washington, DC.

July 2018: Jessica was part of the Poetry Incubator co-hort at The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. She’ll be at the annual Chicago Poetry Block Party July 28, 2018.

Jessica reads at Night Circus, part of LitCrawl during Wordstock.

On July 20, 2018, Jessica led a Talking Circle lecture at Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.

Jessica reading at Crazy Horse Memorial

Jessica was at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop in Portland, Oregon for a reading with Pointed Circle.

Jessica was featured on KBOO’s “Poetry and Everything” available to stream anywhere.

Jessica read at Corporeal awards event.

Were you at the 2018 AWP Conference? Check out the panel Jessica was on by Submittable.

Jessica and the Submittable panel at the AWP Conference in Tampa, Florida. The panel discussed the intersection of poetry and technology.

During her residency at the Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, Jessica was featured at a reading during the Crossing Borders International Poetry Festival.

Jessica’s residency at the Women’s International Study Center (WISC) Acequia Madre House in Santa FE, NM, culminated in a reading open to the community. Check out the Santa Fe New Mexican feature.

Jessica reads at the Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the culmination of her residency at the Women’s International Study Center.

Jessica read from her latest work at the Rhubarb Reading Series in Portland, Oregon at Jade Lounge.

Yellow Dog Bookstore in Columbia, Missouri blended a reading with an interview by the local Mizzou student newspaper.

Jessica and author Augusten Burroughs at a reading in Powell’s in Portland, Oregon.

The Many Voices of Women’s Fiction Book Club welcomed Jessica for an online Q&A session after her book was selected for their monthly read.

LitCrawl, part of the Wordstock weekend, included Night Circus with readings by poets and writers including Jessica.

Jessica reads at the Night Circus Litcrawl event during Wordstock weekend in Portland, Oregon.

The Transmit Culture monthly speakers series featured Jessica discussing Native Americans in publishing.

The Metro Regional Government organization in Portland, Oregon featured Jessica during a “Lunch and Learn” session that combined a reading with a lecture.

Jessica and poet Nikki Giovanni during a reading at Powell’s in Portland, Oregon.

In Las Vegas, BooksOrBooks Reading bookstore hosted an evening poetry reading with Jessica.

Jessica read at Berl’s Bookstore in Brooklyn, a shop dedicated exclusively to poetry.

Jessica before her reading at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn, New York.

Jessica was the first writer to be featured on the  Submittable site. The podcast is available for streaming.

PSA: Providing Service Through Art at the Ford Gallery in Portland, Oregon featured Jessica and more poets.

Jessica reads at The Ford Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

During the 2017 Ooligan Press Write to Publish Conference, Jessica was on a panel addressing diversity in publishing.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise’s (NCAIED) 40 Under 40 awardees honored 2017 recipients, including Jessica, at their annual gathering.


Jessica with author Melissa Broder post-coffee chat about all things poetry.

The International Women’s Writing Guild hosts a summer workshop every July in Allentown, PA.  Jessica taught a three-day writing workshop on crafting a writing career. 

The Wrong Kind of Indian enjoyed a debut reading at Another Read Through in Portland, Oregon.

Jessica reads at Another Read Through in Portland, Oregon for the debut release of The Wrong Kind of Indian.

Jessica was one of five writers who partnered with Portland Story Theatre for a performance at The Fremont Theatre. The video of the performance, which received a Top 10 Pick for 2017, is available to stream.

Performing under the stage name “Savage,” Jessica has performed with the International Poetry Brothel series at Dante’s in Portland, Oregon.

Jessica performing as “Savage” during the Poetry Brothel in Portland, Oregon.

Jessica is featured on the JenningsWire podcast talking about making money as a writer. Listen here.

Unchaste Series featured Jessica twice during their series at Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is also included in their second anthology.

Jessica reads at the Unchaste series at Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon.

Jessica kicked off the Multicultural Literary Arts Days, a two-day festival, at Wilson High School and sponsored by the Oregon Literary Arts Council (OLAC). Check out the OLAC blog about her talk.

Jessica with the Wilson High School librarian post-reading and lecture.

Portland State University’s MFA in Poetry Spring Colloquium featured Jessica in an intimate discussion with students about living as a writer with an advanced degree.

The Hillsboro Writers Fair included a number of authors including Jessica.

Jessica at the Hillsboro Writers Fair in Oregon.

Jessica read at Wordstock’s pop-up events in 2016 and 2017, sponsored by the Oregon Literary Arts Council.

At the Mt. Hood Cherokee Summit, Jessica was a keynote speaker discussing what it means to be a Native American writer in contemporary society.

Jessica reads at the Mt. Hood Cherokee gathering.
Jessica (pink) and the VoiceCatcher board of directors and volunteers at the spring showcase at Devil’s Den in Portland, Oregon.


Jessica reads at the showcase event for her students in the Writers in the Schools program for Literary Arts.
Jessica with The Operating System’s publisher, Lynne DeSilve-Johnson at Berl’s Poetry Bookshop in Brooklyn, New York. The OS published Jessica’s Secret-Telling Bones.