Originally from Southern California's Inland Empire, Jessica Morey-Collins currently lives in the Pacific Northwest. She works as a project manager for the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement, and studies community resilience and hazard mitigation as a student in the University of Oregon's Masters of Community and Regional Planning program. 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 has professional experience as a GIS marketer, curriculum developer, and graduate writing consultant. She is a mental health advocate, trauma survivor, and cat owner.