Hello there! My name is Jessica and I am an experienced teacher, tutor, professional writer and public speaker. I was the first ever female City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate and I now teach evenings at UNM for the Chican@ Studies Department. I teach Writers in the Community and Borderlands Poetics. Though I love poetry and have published three collections, I also excel in writing in many other genres (essay/expository/research papers/technical writing/memoir/creative writing and more). I... [more]
I was the City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate for the last two years. An experienced writer, I taught Humanities: Indigenous Culture, History and Thought at the Native American Community Academy. I also taught Language Arts at Robert F. Kennedy High school and currently teach to writing/literature classes at the University of New Mexico. During the summer I am the Lead Facilitator/Teacher for Voces/Voices Summer Writing Institute for Youth. I have published three collections of poetry and edited several award-winning literary anthologies.
I was a reading and writing teacher for Native American Community Academy for two years. I have also taught writing at Robert F. Kennedy Charter High School and was a writing tutor at Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico College. I am currently an Adjunct Instructor for UNM and teach two evening classes, "Writers in the Community" and "Borderland Poetics." I have edited several award-winning literary anthologies, have interned at UNM Blue Mesa Literary Magazine and I was a tutor for both CNM and UNM, in which I assisted students in copy editing/proof reading essays, articles, and other assignments.