Originally from Southern California's Inland Empire, Jessica Morey-Collins currently works as a land use planner in the Pacific Northwest. Jessica earned her MFA in poetry at the University of New Orleans, where she won an Academy of American Poets award, the Maxine and Joseph Cassin Prize for poetry thesis, and worked as associate poetry editor for Bayou Magazine. She earned her MCRP from the University of Oregon, where she managed projects to assess and improve organizational and economic resilience. She has professional experience as a GIS marketer, curriculum developer, and graduate writing consultant. She is a mental health advocate, trauma survivor, and cat owner.