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Chatham University

MFA Alumni

Jessica Kinnison

Jessica Kinnison

Class of 2013

Jessica Kinnison holds an MFA from Chatham University in Pittsburgh where she taught creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail, as part of the Words Without Walls program. Baskerville New Orleans featured her work in their Broadside Series in December 2015. Her stories have appeared in Juked, Pif Magazine, Fiction Southeast, and The Southern Humanities Review, among others. A 2014 fellow of the Tulane Experiential Education and Leadership Institute, she serves as Operations Manager and Director of the Wellness University at Project Lazarus, a nonprofit transitional housing facility for people living with HIV/ AIDS, and directs the Loyola Writing Institute. She is founder of Dogfish Reading Series in New Orleans, a monthly event. Find more information about Dogfish at and more information about Jessica Kinnison's writing and teaching at