Jess E. Jelsma was born in Louisiana and grew up in Alabama and Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Cornell University and an M.F.A in prose from the University of Alabama. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in English with a creative dissertation. She has taught a combination of Composition, English, and Creative Writing at the secondary- and university-levels for the past five years.
Her previous work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, selected as a finalist for the Passages North Neutrino Short-Short Prize, and awarded the University of Alabama's Don Hendrie Jr. Memorial Fiction Prize. Her most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Catapult, The Chicago Tribune, Penny Zine, Post Road, and The Rumpus. Her academic interests center on issues of gender and sexuality, with critical work in The Explicator.
At present, she is at work on a collaborative, serialized nonfiction podcast with Matt Jones, a short story collection, and a novel set in Ithaca, New York.
You can follow her on Twitter @JessEJelsma.