Jess D. Taylor teaches English at Santa Rosa Junior College and edits Made Local Magazine. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Little Patuxent Review, Pidgeonholes, KQED, Superstition Review, Brain, Child online, Mutha Magazine, The Sun’s Readers Write, and elsewhere. If you haven’t read Mary Oliver’s “In Blackwater Woods” recently, she highly recommends it.

Reach her at gyrlwryter@gmail.com