Jessica Mason


Jess is working toward an M.A., as a teaching assistant and Writing Center consultant in the Department of English and Journalism at Western Illinois University. In her spare time, she writes poetry, “sings” with Edith Piaf, engages in incessant word play, and hangs out with her dudes. She sometimes writes reviews over at Lambda Literary. Her first book of poetry, Woman in Disguise, was released by Saltfire Press in December 2012. She loves Gender Focus and is not afraid to proclaim that Life is her favorite book — yes, she’s also an overly-fond embracer, even of clichés.

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 ]