Jessica Reidy

Jessica Reidy is finishing her MFA at Florida State University writing her debut novel, Zenith, following the life of Coco, the Romani (‘Gypsy’) burlesque dancer and fortune teller of Zenith Circus in post-war Paris, who becomes a Nazi hunter. Reidy’s poetry and Pushcart-nominated fiction have appeared in Narrative Magazine as Story of the Week, The LA Review, Arsenic Lobster, The Poetry Blog, and elsewhere. She is the  Outreach Editor and a staff writer for Quail Bell Magazine, Art Editor for The Southeast Review, and Guest Professor at the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. Reidy is of mixed-Romani heritage and dedicates a lot of her free time to raising awareness of the Romani human rights crisis and promoting Romani artists, writers, and activists. She has worked her family trades, fortune telling and dancing, for over a decade but these days she’s more literary than anything else. She also teaches yoga.

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