Jessica Anne is a life-long Chicagoan. A graduate of The Chicago Academy for the Arts, North Park University, and Roosevelt University (MFA Creative Writing). Anne is also an alumna of the Chicago Neo-Futurist ensemble (2006-2012). During her tenure at the Neo-Futurists Anne wrote, performed, and directed over three hundred two minute plays for the late night smash, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes).* Jessica Anne is also the creator, writer, and performer of her one woman show, Mike Mother which debuted at The Neo Futurarium in 2016 (4 stars, Highly Recommended, Time Out Chicago. Recommended, Chicago Tribune). Anne is the Nonfiction editor of MAKE Literary Magazine, and the Managing Artistic Director of MAKE Magazine Productions’ Lit & Luz festival. Lit & Luz Festival is a one-of-a-kind series of events featuring renowned authors and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico City in cultural exchange and conversation. Events take place in the fall in Chicago, and in the winter in Mexico City. Anne also co-produces Lit Crawl Chicago with her colleague Lindsay Muscato. In partnership with San Francisco’s Lit Quake, Lit Crawl occurs annually in 14 different cities including Manhattan, Los Angeles, London and Chicago; a one night only event showcasing as much of a city’s literary culture as possible in one walkable radius. Anne’s first book, A Manual for Nothing was published by Noemi Press in the spring of 2017.
Jess is a progressive Christian and a 4th wave feminist.