J E S S I C A F U R T A D O
W R I T E R & P H O T O G R A P H E R
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As a children's librarian by day and a creative in my personal time, art seeps into the fabric of all areas of my life. Whether I am teaching toddlers to learn process over product in finger painting programs, or capturing authentic storytelling through photography, bringing a child-like sense of awe and appreciation to our hectic lives is my goal.
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A Portrait Project to close the distance
Firsthand brings humanity & connection to social distancing by capturing each participant’s unique experience of the pandemic. In June 2020, Jessica worked as Artist-in-Residence at The Switchboard in Haverhill, capturing the city's architecture & community as the backdrop to each portrait.
Jessica hopes to continue this project in 2022, with another glimpse at the ongoing resilience and resourcefulness of the human spirit.
Jessica Furtado is a writer, photographer, & former owner of All You Need is Pug. Her whimsical pet fashions have been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Fortune, InTouch Magazine, Etsy Editors' Picks, and others.
Jessica's visual art has appeared in PANK, Waxwing, & elsewhere. Her writing can be found in Rogue Agent, Stirring, & VIDA Review, among others, and her poem "Self-Portrait as Owl" was a finalist in Best of the Net (2020). Her debut poetry chapbook A Kiss for the Misbehaved is forthcoming from BatCat Press.
Jessica is the eye behind JJ Lynne Photography. She specializes in portraiture & creative flat lays, as well as Artist Sessions, where she works with writers, musicians, and other artists to catch them in action.
In addition to her artistic pursuits, Jessica is a children's librarian who creates engaging, educational literacy programs for children and their families.
She lives in Massachusetts.
First published in Waxwing literary magazine, 2019. Featured at The Switchboard gallery in Haverhill, MA, 2019.
P O E T R Y
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March 2020 - "Self-Portrait as Owl" appears in Rogue Agent
Fall 2019 - "Medusa Phase" & "She" appear in From the Ashes: The Womxn Anthology, a print anthology from Animal Heart Press
Summer 2019 - "Candy Apples" & "Therapy Animal" appear in Ink&Nebula
July 2019 - "A Mouth, Full" appears in Rogue Agent
Other Published Works:
"The Twin Bed" - apt
"Conjoined" - Drunk Monkeys
"Feeding the Wolves" - Drunk Monkeys
"La Castiglione" - Drunk Monkeys
"Night Swim" - Drunk Monkeys
"Swim Practice" - Drunk Monkeys
"The Sister Shell" - Rust + Moth
"Communicating with Crows" - Spry Literary Journal
"Cul-de-sacs" - Stirring
"Flesh Cave" - Stirring
"One for the Boys" - Stirring
"One of These Days" - Stirring
"Vacancy" - Treehouse Magazine
Additional poems can be found in The Common Ground Review, Meat for Tea, Mock Orange Magazine, A Narrow Fellow, & The Sundress Publications anthology Not Somewhere Else But Here.