unspecified.jpgJessica travels to speak about literary nonfiction; spiritual friendship; the intersection of spirituality, creativity and mental illness; women in the Catholic church; and building creative communities.


Sept. 20, 2017: Gender and Theology, with Dr. Robert Saler at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN 

Jessica will speak about the authority of women to speak and teach about religion in the church and the public sphere. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017: The Etymology of Convivium: A Literary Gathering, Pittsburgh, PA


Jessica will deliver the keynote address on “Divine Eccentricity” in Synod Hall at St Paul’s Cathedral and speak about creating literary community.

Event, registration and hotel information here.


Strange Journey Book Launch and Sick Pilgrim Celebration
November 2 (All Souls Day!) In Indinapolis…Details to come


Friday, March 3

Jess will read from her work and speak about writing and publishing creative nonfiction.


Religion Communicators Council Convention, Chicago

Friday, March 31, 1:30 pm

Media Panel Plenary: Covering Religion in an Age of Corporatized Media and Self-Made Bubbles: Jess will appear with editors and writers from CBS Radio and Chicago Tribune.

St. James Cathedral, Downtown Chicago

Friday, March 31, 4:15

Five (or More) Ways to Make One Sick Blog, a workshop on creating online spiritual community based on Jess’s work with Sick Pilgrim


Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 pm
Mellinger Center
Free and open to public

Jess will read excerpts from Love and Salt and her forthcoming book Strange Journeys and talk about the writing and publication of her spiritual essays.


May 2

Guest lecture on Flannery O’Connor, Kurt Vonnegut, Sick Pilgrim, and the Catholic Imagination, hosted by Rob Saler


June 22-24

Trying to Say God: Re-enchanting the Literary Imagination

Jess will be speaking with Mary Karr, Heather King, Tim Powers, Bro. Guy Consolmagno, Bishop Daniel Flores, Natalie Diaz, and many more about how to encourage, inspire, and create community among artists of faith.