is an interdisciplinary poet, musician, mythologist, educator and psychospiritual intuitive based in Portland, Oregon. The J. is for Jesse (they/them, he/him).
Jesse received an MA in the study of Mythology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, as well as a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Pacifica exploring the jazz musician Sun Ra's personal mythology. At the core of Jesse's work is the belief in the deep power of the psyche, the guidance of dreams, the force of language and poesis, and the revelatory capabilities of narrative - both personal and collective.
Jesse has shown performance work at Links Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago, Reed College Arts Week and, with Midnight Variety Hour, at Performance Works Northwest. Jesse has recorded, toured, and released records under the musical moniker Half Shadow since 2012; their album Dream Weather Its Electric Song, released in October of 2019, received wonderful reviews. Their most recent book of poetry was published by Hassla Press, NYC in collaboration with the images of B. Ingrid Olsen.
The tarot came into Jesse's life nearly a decade ago at which point they took up the deep study of its symbology, use, and psychospiritual capabilities. They have been reading the cards professionally for the last six years for The Wild Unknown, Psychic Sister in Portland, as well as countless sweet clients. They have read for organizations including the WDS summit and Tarot.com, among others. Their classes explore the intersection of creativity, personal narrative studies, psychospiritual exploration, and tarot practice for the purposes of art making, individual growth, and the reinstantiation of a deeper, more connective reality. They've most recently offered classes at New Renaissance in Portland.
Jesse's Mythological work has been published in In Process Magazine, and they will be presenting a paper entitled "Psychic Reality Lost & Found: Evocations in Language and Vision" this summer at the Fates and Graces Mythologium.