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The ocean is not magnificent for the water solely; it’s beauty is the washing over of pure sand, rugged cliffs and comforting gulls. As John O’Donohue expresses in his book Anam Cara, we too are filled with a flooding of talents that add to the landscape of ourselves. Here is where, in my vast landscape, you can find other places where I write.


Poetry Journals, Presses and Newsletters

Modern Haiku “unplanned c-section” (45.2 2014)

Skylark “wedding quilt” “purple stone” (2.1 Summer 2014)

The Bamboo Hut “dollar bills” “family roots” “past the brush” “two puppies” “lost father” (2013)

Moonbathing “forty-seven” (9 December 2013)

Prune Juice “waxing” (11 November 2013)

Modern Haiku “wolf moon” (fall 2013)

Tinywords “week fourteen” (13.2 September 2013)

A Hundred Gourds “dance me to the children” (September 2013)

Contemporary Haibun Online, “Wake Up” (July 2013)

Message to Mars Haiku Contest “babymoon” (July 2013)

Heron’s Nest “white-tailed deer” and “goodwill” (June 2013)

Contemporary Haibun Online, “A Puddle” (April 2013)

Contemporary Haibun Online, “My Dearest Hafiz” (April 2013)

Contemporary Haibun Online, “From the Sky” (April 2013)

Haibun Today, “Phone Calls” (March 2013)

Pyrta Journal, “We Soften” and “Uncertain” (December 2012)

Yes! Poetry, “Uncertain” (October 2012)

“autumn leaf blower” and “three quail scurry” GEPPO: YTHS (September 2012)


Books and Anthologies

Yuki Teikei Anthology (2013)

Willow Glen Poetry Anthology, “Morning Bath Towel” (2013)

Contemporary Haibun, Red Moon Press Anthology, “My Dearest Hafiz” (2013)

Yuki Teikei Anthology, Bending Reeds (2012)

Conversations with my Brother, unsolicited self-published chapbook (2012)

Off the Cuff, unsolicited self-published chapbook (2012)

Lessons from my Mother, unsolicited self-published chapbook (2012)

Blurb, Shadows, unsolicited self-published poetry collection (2011)



88.5 FM KQED/NPR Perspective Series “LOL” (2013)


Featured, feature story “Insufficiency: Breastfeeding in Real-Life” (February 2014), feature story “Birthing Forgiveness” (February 2014)

Mothering Arts, feature story “birdwings: a brief reflection of my birth” (February 2014)

Tiny Buddha, feature article “6 Tips to Recognize and Help When Someone Needs Support” (summer 2013)

Birth Boot Camp, feature post “Nine Reasons Why I Want to Live Nine Months Pregnant More Often” (August 2013)

Thank the Now, feature post “What Does Your Breath Say About You?” (July 2013)

Tiny Buddha, feature article “Learn to Love and Accept Yourself, Wherever You Go” (summer 2013)

Tiny Buddha, feature article “5 Tiny Steps to Move Away from Unnecessary Busyness” (summer 2013)

Thank the Now, feature poem “Like Animals” (June 2013)

Thank the Now, feature post“Little Bits of Treasure”(June 2013)

Andrea K. Beltran Blog, guest post: “Poetry Pairings: Rilke, Van Gogh, and Small Stones” (February 2013)


Freelance Work, Articles & Press Releases

For creative artists skilled in colors, shapes and textures, words can seem daunting and foreign. Working with creative designer Liz Morgan has been a fun and collaborate process. I’ve created, altered and offered feedback as to how to display her wonderful work with clients such as Restoration Hardware, Marin Doula, Gap and many other clients. From print work and identity creation to personal projects, I’ve thrived on assisting this artist with finding the words she couldn’t quite say herself.


Annie Dillard writes, in The Writing Life that the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “When my creative energy flowed most freely, my muscular activity was always greater.” As an avid athlete in the CrossFit community, my passion for writing is expressed in reviews for exercise apparel, nutritional research and overall holistic health. The self-inflicted pain and pleasure that comes from taxing my body leaves me inspired to write in new ways and about what keeps my heart healthy and happy.


Santa Rosa Crossfit, “Fine Tune Your Fine Body” (mobility) (April 2013)

Santa Rosa Crossfit, “Cheers to More Drinking” (hydration) (March 2013)

Santa Rosa Crossfit, “The 2013 CrossFit Games Open Wants You” (February 2013)

Santa Rosa Crossfit, “WODing in Real Life” (January 2013)

Santa Rosa CrossFit, “Hibernation: Adjusting to Darker and Shorter Days – Part One” (November 2012)

Santa Rosa CrossFit, “Hibernation: Adjusting to Darker and Shorter Days – Part Two” (November 2012)


Tabata Times, Sports Bra Buying Guide Review on: Shock Absorber Women’s Run Sports Bra Review, CWX Women’s Sports Bra II Review, Moving Comfort Women’s Fiona Sports Bra Review, Enell Sports Bra Review, Active Extreme Control Sports Bra Review, Lynx Sports Bra Review, Handful Bra Review, Moving Comfort Juno Bra Review, Nike Pro Victory Compression Bra Review, Nike Indy Reversible Strappy Sports Bra Review, Lululemon Flow Bra IV Review, Reebok Crossfit Racerback Bra Review, Supernova Racer Bra Review, Athleta Glory Bra 2 Review


PR Featured Writing and Book Reviews

Fearless Books Publishing, “birthing forgiveness” (2013)



SJSU Californio Project Translation and Transcription (2010-2012)


From the soil of a sweet strawberry field to the crackling leaves of a matured vineyard, I’ve walked many rows of California land. My time working with high-end wineries and berry farmers has allowed me the experience to translate training manuals and forms for users in Spanish and English.

AgCode, Inc. Instruction Manuals (2009-2010)


E&J Gallo Winery Bilingual Tours, Marketing Content and Presentations (2004-2007)


Editorial Work

Yukei Teikei Haiku Society GEPPO Quarterly Newsletter (2013)


Resume and Cover Letter Editing and Creation

As a daughter of a career development teacher and coach, I have assisted over twenty-five job seekers in various professions build their brand, resume and confidence to prepare themselves for the interview process.  My presentations and sessions cover the importance of conveying yourself through your words in a polished and professional manner.  Clients who started with a lack of confidence have now become professional chefs at The French Laundry, wine experts, business leaders and Entrepreneurs leading their own businesses.


Kind Words

Andrea Beltran Blogger and Poet
Jessica’s work does not so much conclude as it arrives, leaving the reader with a refreshing sense of centeredness. Her words as well as her actions reflect kindness, compassion, and passion. Her ideas are always fresh, she can be counted on to meet deadlines, and she creates and encourages conversation with her readers. Thank you for your light, Jessica.
Anna Bernardi Spanish Professor at West Valley College

Jessica has excellent writing, translating and verbal skills that make her a natural leader in any setting. She is a driven, enthusiastic person who can light up the room with her smile and intelligence. As graduate students, we shared many group projects together. Her can-do attitude provides those around her with the motivation to face any challenge and succeed in it.

Sally Brudos Writer and Leader of Women's Writing Haven

Authentic, honest and captivating are just a few of the adjectives for Jessica’s writing. She can take a topic and bring tears to the readers’ eyes or make a topic funny, happy or poignant. Her use of dialog is very believable and her descriptions bring the reader directly into the scene. Her writing flows from beginning to end and is never confusing. She builds character, time and place, takes her own ego out of her writing, and replaces it with the personalities of her characters and uses words and images to fit the story.

Lori Deschene Founder of Tiny Buddha

Vulnerable, poignant, and compelling, Jessica’s writing always incites conversation and helps readers discover their own insights. It’s been a pleasure to work with her, and an honor to share her stories and lessons with the Tiny Buddha community.


Mara Dresner Playwright/Journalist/Actress

Jess is a gem of a writer with a profound respect for the stories she tells. She has an innate understanding that it’s not just about the words on a page, but the right words, and she carefully constructs her pieces to craft insightful profiles that convey a rich blend of information and emotion. She travels between poetry and prose, often weaving the two together; at times infusing her work with her own deeply felt experiences. Her kind spirit comes through each piece she writes, transporting the reader, forging connections, lighting a path, offering a friend along the journey.

Erica Goss <em></em>Los Gatos Poet Laureate, 2013
Jessica is a friend and fellow writer who I’ve known for several years. She has interviewed me twice, and has written thought-provoking, interesting and revealing profiles about my poetry and my views on topics as various as the environment, raising children, and the changing role of women in our society. Jessica is a great interviewer: sensitive, intelligent and thorough. I’m always impressed with how she can take a meandering conversation and turn it into a cohesive narrative. I recommend Jessica for writing tasks and look forward to reading more of her blog posts at Rowdy Prisoners.
Kim Hudson Author of <em>The Virgin's Promise</em>
Jessica has a vulnerability and kindness that gives her a warm connection to the people and subjects she writes about.  Her writing is full of warmth and insight.
Jenn Karlman <em></em>Fox News Anchor

Jessica provides exceptional quality and attention to detail in whatever area of business she is working. Jessica is bilingual and her superior writing and editing skills substantiate her as one of the best in the market. Her commitment to excellence is evident in her resume editing and career coaching efforts to help others either land new employment or excel in their current position.

Amitai Zachary Malone Creator of Geologists of the Soul<em></em>

Jessica Latham, through the writings on her Rowdy Prisoners website, has established herself as a genuine and sensitive voice, sharing honestly and personally: a refreshing gift contrasted with much of the noise and disembodied distraction of contemporary life. Indeed, her unique observations, attention to the important and defining details that enliven a subject further highlight her mastery of crafting truth into beautiful baskets of words.

Whether she is honoring whomever she may be interviewing or giving us an intimate view into the causes and concerns that give her life meaning or gifting her readers with the occasional poem, Jessica does so with honorable integrity.

Clearly I’m a fan and champion the voice of this young woman. I also happen to be lucky enough to claim her as my little sister.

Liz Morgan Designer and Creative Artist

Jessica is a creative and thoughtful writer. She really captured the essence of what I was telling her and presented it in a compelling and creative way. If you have trouble giving words to your thoughts, she is the perfect person to articulate them. She is wonderful to work with.

Rebecca Ribbing Success Strategist and Creator of Thank the Now

Jessica is great to work with. She writes beautifully with a great voice, and yet is flexible about making that voice fit specific readerships. She really understands the tone of other websites and can write to suit a broad range of audiences while still being natural and engaging. I wish all writers were as easy to work with as her.

Vuong Quoc Vu Editor and Creator of Tourane Poetry Press and Perfume River Poetry Review
Jessica writes what I like to call “simple truth” poetry.  In the words of Philip Levine, these are poems that “are so simple and true/ they must be said without elegance, meter, and rhyme.”  Unpretentious, plainspoken, approachable, and generous, Jessica’s poetry is for everyday people who look for revelation and light in everyday life.  There is no magic like finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.  As a poet and woman, Jessica has a heart of gold.


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