Jessa Forest writes poetry and weird fiction. She is the author of The Slaughter Chronicles, a grimdark, Lovecraftian-esque contemporary fantasy about werewolves. and a few speculative short stories and poems floating around the internet. In 2011, she was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize. Her writing questions the definable borders of reality and indulges the gritty, visceral aspects of paranormal fantasy and science fiction. She was born in Arkansas, USA.
Extra Writing Stuff
Havoc’s Moon is Book One in The Slaughter Chronicles and takes place six years after the prequel stories in Pulling Teeth.
Hollow Ruins is a stand alone science fantasy novel with dragons.
Speculative E-Shorts is an ongoing series of stand alone science fiction and fantasy short stories. One story is published every three months.
The Heart of the Forest Cycle is a post-apocalyptic epic with faeries.
After the Flood is my next poetry collection.
Thoughts about poetry:
Sylvia Plath said poetry is the blood jet. Nick Mount, on Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, said the lyric poem is a frozen moment in time. Lynda Barry said an image is the formless thing which gives things form.
With poetry I try to freeze (or plasticine) specific moments that convey an image that I want to understand better. Sometimes those images are granular and visceral. Sometimes those images are surreal and oil-slick wavy.
I’m not a huge fan of form or rhyme but I love sestinas and haiku. Poet Hali Sofala-Jones said the villanelle was a way for her to play with her obsessions. I need to try that. And even though I hate writing sonnets, one of my goals is to create a crown of sonnets that obeys all the rules.
Extra not-Writing Stuff
Writing this now, I am almost 35 years old and I have never been stung by a bee. I’ve also never broken a bone. Please do not think that I am graceful, I’m just very, very lucky.
I have three cats, Leela, Titain, and Tiny Rick. Titain is the oldest (and the most substantial). Tiny Rick has feline immunodeficiency virus. Mr. J and I adopted him in 2017, and the vet offered to put him down for us right away because, according to the vet, he would not last long. We got a second opinion. Now, it’s almost 2021, and he’s still very happy and healthy (aside from being FIV positive). Aside from a few mild respiratory issues every so often he’s a perfectly normal cat. And yes, we named him after Rick and Morty.
I also have a betta fish, which I adopted during quarantine. His name is Lucky and I send exclusive pictures of him to my End of the Month Newsletter subscribers.
You can see all of my cats on Instagram although lately I’ve been trying to up my #indieauthor game and make more posts about my writing process and my books.
Besides writing, I have a few hobbies. I play Warhammer 40,000, which is a tabletop game that involves plastic miniatures and spending a lot of money.
I went to college and earned a BA in Sociology in 2008 and an MFA in Creative Writing in 2012. In the fall of 2019, I went back to college a third time. I’m taking lots of science classes so I can apply for a Laboratory Science program and work in the medical field. As I am writing all my books, I am also taking ALL the Chemistry classes and, yes; they hurt my brain.
Blog Post Roundup
- Pushcart nomination, The Camel Saloon, 2011
- Arkansas Writers’ Conference, Rita Goodgame Award, 2nd place, 2010
- North American Discworld Convention, Creosote’s Poetry Contest, 3rd place, 2009
- Hollins University, Lex Allen Literary Festival, Poetry Contest, 1st place, 2008
- Randolph College, Margaret Raynal Fiction Award, 2nd place, 2005
- Academy of American Poets Honorable Mention, 2005
- Knowing Our Past Foundation, Creative Response of the Human Spirit, 2nd place, 2003