Hi! I hope you’re here to find your everyday wild and have some fun. Though I have big ears (the better to listen), and I’m no psychologist, one review called my memoir, The Oat Project: How I Faced My Fear and Came of Age in One Wild Summer an “accidental self-help book” (buy print copies or ebook and read an excerpt on the “Look Inside” feature here). In it, I “sowed wild oats,” finally, at age 37, amidst everyday life and motherhood, in conservative Colorado Springs. I was a preacher’s daughter who never went wild, so really, the book is about overcoming fear and becoming Real. But really really, it was a work-around: I made a project out of doing a bunch of things I was taught would send me straight to hell IN ORDER to learn how to overcome fear. Over those 14 weeks, I became an expert at doing things I’d never done with Intention.
You may become one of my “incubator” community on Patreon, here, seeing new work before anyone else, including a slowly-growing mystery novel set on a California beach.
I blog on this site here , read why and how the craziness that was 2016–including The Speech–happened here, on life and schtuff here, see my photography and art-making (sanity) on Instagram here, see videos of stories from my stint at The Story Project here, ANNNND find me on the Faceverse here. Phew! And more soon, lol.
With openhearted non-judgement and dancing grace, author Jené Jackson navigates the spirals of being a writer/editor, singer, actor, amateur photographer, and–the WILDEST–a single mother of three beloved souls. She grew up as a Nazarene pastor’s daughter and holds a B.A. in political science from Southern Nazarene University. Jené is active and embedded in the Colorado Springs arts community and has: run a bookstore, sold advertising, told stories onstage, acted in plays, sung in cabaret, hang glided at 2000 feet above the Earth (only once, dear reader, only once), and is regularly escorted by ravens and crows.
If you would like Jené to speak at your event, conference, or festival on how to integrate the Wild, writing, memoir, please use the the contact form below.