Jessica Reed

The Westchesbian

Jessica Reed

Jessica lives with her shiksa wife and geriatric cat in picturesque Tarrytown on the Hudson. Although a proud Westchesbian these days, Jessica grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, back when the opening of the Olive Garden and the 24-hour Walmart were big news. During business hours, Jessica’s a communications professional who translates highly technical concepts into clear, concise, colloquial language that media buyers and sellers can understand. Outside of business hours, she’s a poet, cat mom, wife, avid reader, and lover of questionable crime, sci-fi, and supernatural TV shows (preferably all in one), not necessarily in that order. Her poetry has appeared in Tin HouseThe Paris ReviewLIT, and The Huffington Post, among others.

My Writings…

Dear Asheville High Class of 1995 Facebook Group November 13, 2019 Thank you for the invitation to join this group and to help plan and/or attend the upcoming 25-year reunion (go…
There Are All Kinds of Strong October 10, 2019 September is the anniversary of many things for me, including the death of a local Tarrytown friend from breast cancer.…
Lessons I Learned Driving on the Other Side of the Road September 11, 2019 For the past five years or so, Kim and I have taken a long (by American standards) holiday in August.…
Easy Isn’t the Same as Effortless August 6, 2019 This month, Kim officially becomes my longest romantic relationship. On August 22, we will celebrate 10 years together (and four…
You Can Lead a Grownup to Water and Teach Her How to Swim July 17, 2019 Summer is my least favorite season. I hate the heat and the shimmering air that accompanies it. I hate the…
Pride Is for Butterflies June 17, 2019 Every year on December 1, World AIDS Day, I think about Steve, and this June, as we mark the 50th…
Fraught Is the Word I’d Use to Describe Mother’s Day May 14, 2019 I’ve started this narrative at least 1,000 times. Ok, 100. Ok, 5. But you get the gist. Mother’s Day is…
Fuck Your Better Place, I Want My Cat Back April 3, 2019 Let me start by saying this isn’t going to be my best blog post. It’s probably not even going to…
The Honor of Bearing Witness March 11, 2019 Blogger: Jessica Reed - "The Westchesbian" It’s March 9, 2019, and my wife’s friend (I’ll call her S) is dying.…
To Paraphrase Justin Timberlake, I’m Taking My Birthday Back February 12, 2019 Blogger: Jessica Reed - "The Westchesbian" If you follow the Daily Feels on the Facebook, you may know it was…
Sometimes All You Need Is a Good List (or Four) January 9, 2019 Blogger: Jessica Reed, "The Westchesbian" Since this is my first post, I’m supposed to introduce myself. I’m kind of terrible…