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About jessicaepierce

Jessica Pierce has worked a a farm hand, file clerk, bicycle mechanic and teaching poet. After taking up space every where from the San Joaquin Valley to Arkansas to Boston to Guatemala to India to Oakland, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a sitar player, and their two year old daughter. As the lead teacher and language arts teacher at an alternative school outside of Portland, she works with high school students at risk of dropping out. She also teaches summer creative writing classes at St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. Her work has been published in the Painted Bridge Quarterly, the Christian Science Monitor weekly magazine, outwardlink.net, The Times of India (Kolkata), and the Northwest Review, which nominated her for Meridian magazine’s 2007 Best New Poets anthology. She’s had the privilege of studying with Rosanna Warren, Dorianne Laux, Pimone Triplett, Sam Witt and Jorie Graham.

It’s Been Nine Months Since Noah Was Born…Maybe I Should Finally Write His Birth Story…

To be fair to my darling son, it’s not his fault that I had completely and irrationally convinced myself that I would go into labor as soon as I walked out the door of school for the first day of … Continue reading

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That was then, this is now (continued)…

From tiny hands and lots of sleeping, , to a bounty of smiles, (even with an insanely runny nose…thanks to the infinite process of teething) to big girl feet in the grass, and still some sleeping (this was the crash post-birthday … Continue reading

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That was then, this is now…

After several rough nights with our beloved but stubborn lil’ babe, Mr. Fierce and I were waxing poetic about our pre-baby life. “Remember sleeping in til whenever we wanted? Remember when I could practice all day long? Remember when I … Continue reading

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Life Stuff

I have a love/hate relationship with the constant reminders that grownup life is…well…grownup (though who doesn’t I suppose. but if you are one of those people who has a love/love relationship with being grownup, I don’t want to hear about … Continue reading

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Better Out Than In

That’s how Josh and I have been referring to SO-G’s existence outside of my womb crossing the 9 month threshold. (While technically she hung around in there for 41 weeks, that doesn’t seem to have the same milestone heft.) I … Continue reading

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Baby Fierce Turns 8 Months: On the Outside for Almost as Long as She Was In the Inside

P.S. Click on this link to see So-G’s forward motion

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Not so crafty…

I am quite possibly the least crafty person I know. Part of this might be that I live in Portland where everyone is a DIY-er wielding knitting needles and felting sets and welding tools and so I feel even less … Continue reading

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Baby Bonanza

And then there were three… Sophia Grace came into the world on March 11th. 25 hours later, her sweet sweet cousin Mikaila arrived. And two weeks ago, Eloise (aka “the blond princess” according to her proud papa Tynan) joined the … Continue reading

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“Ms. Pierce, don’t you miss your belly?”

A student asked me that question the other day. I responded with incredulous laughter. Though I had a stupidly easy pregnancy, I am not one of those women who, with a sort of mother nature glow, say things like, “I … Continue reading

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Gratitude

While I continue to negotiate the flotsam and jetsam of returning to work life, where I alternately feel uplifted by the energy of my students and completely thrashed by what seems like a constant onslaught of details that I will … Continue reading

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