Jessica Lowell Mason


JESSICA LOWELL MASON is a performer, scholar, educator, social justice activist-advocate, public speaker, and writer. Between 2012 and 2016, Jess taught composition courses at Spoon River College, Carl Sandburg College, and Western Illinois University, where she was a master's graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of English. Since her return to New York in 2016, Jess has worked as an actor at Shakespeare in Delaware Park (Macbeth), a script-developer for Ujima Theatre Co. (Free Fred Brown), a teaching artist at Just Buffalo Literary Center (Re-/Un-Writing the Identity), an assistant stage manager at the Jewish Repertory Theatre (4000 Miles), and Interim Director of Digital Publishing at Prometheus Books. Between 2017 and 2018, Jess served as House Manager at the Jewish Repertory Theatre and as Rights Associate at Prometheus Books. In August 2018, she will begin the PhD program in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Buffalo. In 2014, Jess was awarded the Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Her poems, articles, and reviews have appeared in a number of journals, including The Comstock Review, Lambda Literary, Gender Focus, Sinister Wisdom, Lavender Review, IthacaLit, and The Feminist Wire. She is the co-founder of a feminist mental health literacy organization, Madwomen in the Attic, and the mother of two ninja-daughters.

Angela Lansbury in Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Angela Lansbury’s School of Feminist Witchcraft

My deep love for the character of Eglantine Price was a reflection of my inner desire to free my own intellect of society’s narrow ... [ more ]

My deep love for the character of Eglantine Price was a reflection of my ... [ more ]

My deep love for the character of Eglantine Price was a reflection of my inner desire to free my ... [ more ]

God Beyond Gender: On Peter Wilkes’ A Woman Called God

I wrestle intellectually from time to time with the issue of god and gender. Maybe you do, too. Over time, I’ve grown skeptical about ... [ more ]

I wrestle intellectually from time to time with the issue of god and gender. ... [ more ]

I wrestle intellectually from time to time with the issue of god and gender. Maybe you do, too. Over ... [ more ]

Getting Real about Cultural Illusions: Review of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist

Bad Feminist is a wake up call for a fairly young audience to start thinking more critically about everything, to start questioning their cultural ... [ more ]

Bad Feminist is a wake up call for a fairly young audience to start ... [ more ]

Bad Feminist is a wake up call for a fairly young audience to start thinking more critically about everything, ... [ more ]

Review: The Queer Cultural Work of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

It is incredible: the way in which queer theory explains so poignantly the cultural phenomenon of Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin’s art.  [ more ]

It is incredible: the way in which queer theory explains so poignantly the cultural ... [ more ]

It is incredible: the way in which queer theory explains so poignantly the cultural phenomenon of Jane Wagner and ... [ more ]

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Free-Diving Off the Banks of Normal: A Review of Debbie Taylor’s Herring Girl

Debbie Taylor’s release of Herring Girl takes us where we’re not yet comfortable but dying to go: beyond normal. The novel interweaves lives, past ... [ more ]

Debbie Taylor’s release of Herring Girl takes us where we’re not yet comfortable but ... [ more ]

Debbie Taylor’s release of Herring Girl takes us where we’re not yet comfortable but dying to go: beyond normal. ... [ more ]

We Are Robin Williams: Becoming Helpful in Helpless Times

The tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has many of us talking about things that legitimately need attention and discussion. To me, ... [ more ]

The tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has many of us talking ... [ more ]

The tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has many of us talking about things that legitimately need ... [ more ]