JESSICA ANNE CHIANG

 

Writer, Performer, Producer & Teacher

 

5041 N Damen AVE

 

Chicago, IL 60625

 

Tel: (773) 540-1275

 

Email: jessicanothing@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION:

 

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

 

M.F.A., Creative Writing, 2014

 

Thesis: A Manual For Nothing, Fiction

 

Advisors: Christian TeBordo, Regina Buccola

 

North Park University, Chicago, IL

 

B.A., English, Creative Writing Emphasis, 2011

 

Bachelor’s thesis: A Shell Between a Breast, Poetry

 

Advisor: Kristy Odelius

 

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS:

 

Book: A Manual For Nothing, Noemi Press, Released April 15, 2017

 

            Finalist, 2015 Noemi Book Award For Fiction

 

            Finalist for Mainline, February 2015

 

            Semifinalist, 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize

 

SELECTED INTERVIEWS & WRITE UPS

 

  Literary Style and The Lessons of Memoir, Stephen Burt, The New Yorker, 2017

 

Chicagoan, Neo-Futurist alumna Jessica Anne debuts new book, Kathleen Rooney, Chicago Tribune, 2017

 

Jessica Anne Interview, Emily Alex, Hayden’s Ferry Review, 2017

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Co-Producer, Lit Crawl Chicago, August 2016—Present

-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. Primary producing duties include booking curators, securing venues, and recruiting and training volunteers. Also contributes to locating fiscal sponsorship, soliciting food and beverage donations, and designing and distributing promotional materials. Other responsibilities include maintaining the event’s social media presence, renting AV equipment, hiring sound technicians, and managing a calendar. In a team of just two, co-producers must be adaptable, organized, and able to manage high variety of challenging personalities. Lit Crawl Chicago is held in Andersonville and averages approximately 350-500 audience members, 40+ performers, and 8 volunteers. Venues and artists include among others, Women and Children First, Sappho’s Salon, Lindsay Hunter, The Stoop, Muffy Fishbasket’s Story Time With Drag Queens, Megan Stielstra, and Hopleaf. Chicago Lit Crawl producers committed to upholding their mission to empower female artists, non-binary artists, and artists of color.        

Managing Artistic Director, Lit & Luz Festival, July 2017—Present

-Lit & Luz is a bi-annual festival held in Chicago and Mexico City, produced by MAKE Literary Productions since 2012. Managing Artistic Director’s Primary responsibility is to maintain constant communication with artistic directors, participants, and festival administration including co-directors, communication director, managing director, and venue. Other duties include gathering and submitting all AV requests, and acting as an artistic consultant to the collaborators. Collaborations consist of teams of writers and artists from Chicago and Mexico City coming together in cultural and literary exchange to create occasional pieces addressing a common theme such as, belonging. Festival has showcased such writers as Eduardo Rabasa, Erika L. Sanchez, and Cristina Rivera Garza. Managing Artistic Director also creates finale running order, stage manages the finale, contributes to the formation of overall festival schedule, submits descriptions of collaborations for media use, proofreads program, and arranges rehearsal times and spaces.

Arts Marketing Assistant, SMART Marketing, October 2016—Present

-Primary duty is to provide courtesy calls to theatre patrons across the country. Responsible for succinctly communicating a theatre’s season line up with enthusiasm and control. Also responsible for drafting and sending marketing emails, consulting with casting and marketing directors, and completing in depth research of the plays/playwrights/production teams/critical reviews/nominations & awards. Clients have included Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and Geva Theatre Center. Able to complete 800 calls per week, and close 10 sales.     

Nonfiction Editor, MAKE Magazine, July 2016—Present  

 -Curator of approximately 20 pages of Nonfiction per issue, selections are a      mix of solicited pieces and submissions. Duties include reading and evaluating high quantity of submissions from emerging and established writers, soliciting pieces from writers at all stages of their careers, and co-editing selections in tandem with contributing editor Kathleen Rooney. Also participating in various MAKE Literary Productions as a performer, host and organizer.  

Graduate Assistant, Roosevelt University, Creative Writing Department, August 2012-May 2013

-Assisted interim MFA Department Chair Peggy Shiner. Duties included maintaining department’s social media presence, co-coordinating readings and faculty hiring events, and writing and distributing monthly newsletter.

Magazine Production Intern, Roosevelt University, Creative Writing Department, August 2012—May 2013

-Served as poetry editor for Oyez Review, the literary magazine of the Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University. Duties included archiving and evaluating submissions from writers across the nation, and organizing issue release readings at Roosevelt and throughout Chicago.

Ensemble Member, The Neo-Futurists Theatre Company, Chicago, IL, November 2006—Present

-Writer/Performer/Director of over 300 original 2-minute plays for the late-night smash, Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes, as well as several full length productions in the theatre’s prime time programming. Toured across the country to various theatres and universities performing TML… and teaching workshops. Outreach has included co-development of the Annual Neo-Futurist Pride Show, raising a total of $20,000 for local non-profit LGBTQ organizations such as: The Broadway Youth Center, ACLU Youth at Risk Project and About Face Theatre Youth Project.  

 

TEACHING

 

The Buddy System, 12 week writing workshop, Neo-Futurists, 2017

-Six week tandem workshop that incorporates contemporary fiction and poetry, the Neo-Futurist aesthetic, clown, object theatre and more. Goal is to harness  chemistry between friends and collaborators in an effort to uncover/mythologize/dramatize/connect our origin stories to the world at large. 

Writing Solo With Megan and Jess, 12 week writing workshop co-taught with Megan Mercier, Neo-Futurists, 2011

-Helped students with a flair for Nonfiction and an interest in storytelling develop a strong monologue voice through in-class free writing, take-home assignments, critique, and revision.

Introduction to Too Much Light…, 12 week playwriting workshop co-taught with Kristie Koehler, Neo-Futurists, 2009

-Designed to help empower students of all ages to think creatively about their life. Students develop their play writing skills through weekly take-home assignments, in-class proposals, and formal critique. The class culminates in a fully mounted student production of Too Much Light… 

Art of Abstraction, 7 hour intensive, Neo-Futurists, 2011 (Individual workshop on devised theatre)

Neo-Futurists Master Class, 5 hour intensive, National High School Institute at Northwestern University, 2008—2014 (Individual workshop on the Neo-Futurist aesthetic) 

Breaking Ice and Ranting in the Second Person, guest teacher, Lake Forest College Theatre Department, 2015—2017 (Individual workshop on developing voice)  

 

SELECTED READINGS/PERFORMANCES

 

How To Be a Performance Artist, live essay co-created, written and performed with Daniel Saldaña París, MAKE Literary Productions’ Lit & Luz: (Anti-) Static, Museo Tamayo, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago and Mexico City, 2016-2017

Mike Mother (creator, writer and performer), The Neo-Futurists, May 2016

Analog (co-writer and performer), The Neo-Futurists, March 2012

The Miss Neo Pageant (co-writer and performer), The Neo-Futurists, May 2012

The Open Door Reading Series, Poetry Foundation, October 2015

Mothering, fictional presentation on history of children, Meekling Press, November 2015

Paper Machete, (writer and performer), Green Mill, on-going

Write Club, (writer and performer), The Hide Out, on-going