Jessica travels to speak about the arts and religion; literary nonfiction; spiritual friendship; the intersection of creativity and mental illness; horror films; women in the church; and building creative communities. Click here to book Jessica.



9/19/21: The Catholic Imagination Conference, Loyola University Chicago

3/12-14, 2019: Writing Your Life, Indianapolis, IN

Speaker and breakout session leader. Keynotes Barbara Brown Taylor and John Pavlovitz.

9/28/18: Festival of Friendship, Pittsburgh, PA

Spiritual Writing seminar and roundtable discussion

11/9-11/11/18: Terra Incognita: The Convivium Gathering, Pittsburgh, PA

Panelist and speaker on horror and the religious imagination and women’s bodies at uncharted territory in religious publishing

4/12-14/2018: Festival of Faith and Writing, Grand Rapids


Panelist. With authors DL Mayfield, Liz Lenz, Karen Gonzalez, Christiana Peterson, Rachel Marie Stone, Marlena Proper Graves, and others.

2/23/18: Tales of Loss and Longing, Chicago

An evening of music and storytelling with The Stapletons and Love & Salt authors Jessica Mesman Griffith and Amy Andrews. 7 pm until, with a reception hosted by iconographer Joe Malham.

The Stapletons


11/02/2017: STRANGE JOURNEY BOOK LAUNCH (All Souls Day), Indianapolis

c_4499_StrangeJourney_CoverDesignSt. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church 1870 W Oak St, Zionsville, Indiana
7-9 PM. Wine, food, and door prizes Sick Pilgrim style.

On the authority of women to speak and teach about religion in the church and the public sphere

9/29-10/2/2017: THE ETYMOLOGY OF CONVIVIUM: A Literary Gathering, Pittsburgh 


Keynote address on “Divine Eccentricity” in Synod Hall at St Paul’s Cathedral; on creating literary community; reading from “‘The Babadook and the Faith Healer.”

3/3/2017: TAYLOR UNIVERSITY MAKING LITERATURE CONFERENCE On writing and publishing creative nonfiction.

3/31/2017: Religion Communicators Council Convention, Chicago 


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

St. James Cathedral, Downtown Chicago

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



Readings from Love and Salt and Strange Journey ; lecture on the writing and publication of spiritual essays.



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



Trying to Say God: Re-enchanting the Literary Imagination

With guests 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.