As Jessica walks two cultures daily as a writer, poet and a parent, her immigrant experience guide and inspire her writing which include poetry, essay and memoir. Jessica moved to Boulder, Colorado from India over thirty years ago. A mother of two daughters and on the threshold of being an empty-nester, Jessica’s poetry draws from the deep well of motherhood. She is hoping to make voices of immigrant families from India, especially women's voices heard in her work. She has self-published a book of poetry, Coming Home and is working on the next one, Leaving. She recently co-produced and helped publish her eighty-four year mother’s memoir of short essays, Rajkan, in her native language.
A former restaurant owner and an Indian vegetarian cooking teacher; Jessica is passionate about social justice: food justice and sustainability. Her non-profit contribution include STOP India, a Delhi-based organization that fights trafficking and is currently a Board member with Boulder Food Rescue, BFR. She loves fitness, the outdoors and continues to enjoy the fragrance of spring hyacinths in her front yard in Boulder, Colorado as well as orange Gulmohurs in Mumbai, India.