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Poet  &  Activist


Changing the world through poetry & conversation

Jessica's Books

Jessica's Books

Dive Bars & Empty Glasses

Poems for all of us who have ever made a mistake, live with regrets or simply felt, at times, that life is too much.

Some of the poems in this book deal with addiction, loss, sadness, despair and suicide. There are no judgements on these pages, only explorations. Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic, not everyone who considers suicide is beyond reach of hope. No mistake is unforgivable.

Every one of us struggles at some point. Some of us harder than others. But life is precious and there is always hope. If you are having thoughts of suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

1-800-273 8255

Glass Hearts & Broken Pedestals

Glass Hearts & Broken Pedestals is a poetry collection exploring love and romance. Jessica Jaymes Purdy offers the reader an intimate glimpse into her journey through love and relationships as a panromantic, asexual, transwoman. Everyone, regardless of gender or sexual/romantic orientation, will easily find a reflection of themselves and their experiences in this collection of poems.

Captured Moments

Captured Moments is a collection of poetry that explores both the magic and the beauty found in everyday ordinary moments. Too often we fail to take time to truly appreciate the fullness of our surroundings and the experiences that we are having. These poems offer us all an opportunity to sit back and breathe so that we may once again connect with the fullness of our lives. They are a reminder that there is more to life than what comes next, to put aside our worries just for a little while, and revel in what 'IS' at this very moment.

Tantrums and Tempests

Tantrums and Tempests is a collection of poems exploring social and political issues impacting America, as well as the rest of the world. The reader is encouraged to look beyond their experiences, beliefs, current understandings, political affiliations, and their privilege (If they have any.) and truly see what others may be experiencing. Only through honest evaluation of our selves and our beliefs, will we be able to heal America and the world.

Coming Soon - Ish

Ok.  Maybe not soon.  Eventually.

Let's be honest with one another.  Life can be busy and hard.  Especially in these last few years.  

In addition to writing, and advocacy, and volunteering, I also have a business.  A business that has needed my focus and time. 

Shooting Stars & Origami Swans

Shooting Stars & Origami Swans is a collection that explores my transition.  The good, the bad, the funny, maybe even the shocking.

I've written much of what I wish to include already. In fact I've written so much that I could publish a 6th and 7th book.  And I will one day. I promise.  Until then, I'll keep writing and working on Shooting Stars.

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Jessica Lives Life Fully

Jessica Lives Life Fully
Jessica Jaymes Purdy (She / Her)

Jessica is a Lancaster Pennsylvania native who joined the Army after graduating from Penn Manor High School.  Her personal journey has included several reinventions of self. 

From Son & Brother,

to Soldier,

to Husband,

to Career Ladder Climber

to Full Time Childcare Giver

to Daughter & Sister

to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

to Activist

Through it all she has written poetry.  She has explored her darkness.  And her light.  She has explored the beauty and magic of everyday moments.  And she has explored the social and political realities that so many are suffering under.

She has fought for marriage equality, equal protections under the law for LGBTQIA+ community members, sensible gun regulations, and the separation of church and state.  As the founder and CEO of FIC Human Resources she is dedicated to Fostering Inclusive Cultures of belonging in the workplace.  In her hometown of Lancaster, she was a  founding member of The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, the First Board President of the Lancaster Pride Association, and a former Keystone Business Alliance board member.  She currently serves on the YWCA Lancaster board and as a commissioner on the city of Lancaster Human Relations Commission.

She stands against discrimination and inequity in all of its forms.

If her journey, writing, and activism has taught her anything, it is that we can change the world one positive experience at a time.

Keep up with Jessica

Keep up with Jessica

Jessica's Musings

Jessica's Musings
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