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 Wordstock.

Upcoming Events

Jessica will be on the Conscious Writing and Editing panel at the Write2Publish Conference at Portland State University in Oregon on April 27 at 1 pm.

As the visiting poet at Chemeketa Community College in 2018-19, Jessica will be at the college May 21 for a reading at noon and leading a workshop at 6 p.m. Registration is open now.

Jessica’s novel The Wrong Kind of Indian won gold at the IPPYs. She’ll be accepting the award at the ceremony in Times Square on May 28. If you’ll be in NYC for BookExpo America, consider getting tickets to the IPPY Awards.

Jessica will be reading her work and showcasing a poetic VR experience at The Book Bin on May 31 at 7pm, located at 450 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301.

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 on June 6 from 12-1 at the University of Exeter’s Forum Seminar Room 11. Sign up here.

Jessica received a PGR Humanities Activities Award from the University of Exeter, and will be hosting a free pop-up VR poetry experience on campus June 6 from 1-2 at the University of Exeter’s Forum Seminar Room 11.

Jessica will be on a panel at Oxford University’s Women’s Transatlantic Prison Activism Since 1960 Symposium on Friday, June 7 at 2 p.m.

Reading on the Pike will feature Jessica and more DC-based writers on June 17 at 8 pm at Josephine’s Italian Kitchen 2501 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204.

Jessica will be part of the By the People Festival, coming to DC in June.

Jessica’s “Red/Act” is on a year-long display as part of the yəhaw̓ exhibit in Seattle (through spring 2020).

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

April 2019: Jessica read at the US Department of State’s  Library in Washington DC on April 22 at noon for their National Poetry Month: A Conversation with Women event.

US Department of State reading, April 2019.

April 2019: Jessica had a piece, “Red/Act,” on display at IA&A at Hillyer (Washington DC), which debuted at their First Friday Gallery Opening on April 5.

Jessica’s piece, “Red/Act,” on display at IA&A Hillyer gallery in Washington DC (2019).

March 2019: Jessica read at the Airlie Press off-site event at Devil’s Den Wine Bar for AWP’s 2019 conference in Portland, Oregon on March 29.

Jessica reads at the Devil’s Den for the Airlie Press AWP off-site event March 29, 2019.

March 2019: Unsolicited Press was at AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Jessica was available for a book signing at the UP table on Thursday, March 28 from 11-12.

March 2019: Jessica was featured in an off-site reading at AWP with the Submission Reading Series on Thursday, March 28 from 8-10 pm at Yale Union in Portland.

Jessica reads at Yale Union in Portland, Oregon for Submission Reading Series’ off-site AWP 2019 event.

March 2019: Jessica talked about her latest poetic projects at the Mt. Hood Cherokees meeting on Saturday, March 9.

February 2019: Jessica read at Reston Readings on Sunday, February 24.

Jessica read at Perks of Art in Hillsboro, Oregon for the Osiyo docu-series filming of her work in February 2019.

February 2019: Osiyo Television filmed a docu-series on Jessica and her work in Hillsboro, Oregon, which included a reading at Perks of Art.

February 2019: Jessica was at Halcyon Art’s Lab Open Studios on Saturday, February 23, in Washington DC.

Jessica at Reston Readings in Virginia.

January 2019: Jessica spoke at the La Maison Française (Embassy of France) for Washington DC’s “Night of Ideas” on Red/Act: The State of Incarcerated Indigenous Women and Poetry.

December 2018: The PDX Winter Poetry Festival featured Jessica and more poets reading and performing on Saturday, December 22.

Jessica presenting her experimental form of poetry, the antipode, at the Mt. Hood Cherokees gathering in March 2019.

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.


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