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.

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National Day In the Closet (a.k.a.: How to Be a Good Neighbor)

I am writing this because of nightmares. Have you ever been lying in bed, about to fall asleep, and you – while still half ... [ more ]

I am writing this because of nightmares. Have you ever been lying in bed, ... [ more ]

I am writing this because of nightmares. Have you ever been lying in bed, about to fall asleep, and ... [ more ]

Personal-Political Review of New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity

A month ago, I eagerly asked Gender Focus editor, Jarrah Hodge, to review New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism, and Subjectivity. And pumped I was when ... [ more ]

A month ago, I eagerly asked Gender Focus editor, Jarrah Hodge, to review New ... [ more ]

A month ago, I eagerly asked Gender Focus editor, Jarrah Hodge, to review New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism, and Subjectivity. ... [ more ]

Pope Francis Dodges Binarism and Raises Questions for All

Let’s talk Pope for a few minutes. The figurehead’s been in the news lately, and has, I guess you could say, a fairly big ... [ more ]

Let’s talk Pope for a few minutes. The figurehead’s been in the news lately, ... [ more ]

Let’s talk Pope for a few minutes. The figurehead’s been in the news lately, and has, I guess you ... [ more ]

Speak Out Against Slapstick Misogyny: A Stern Ethics Rant/Sermon for Hillary Haters

I’m going to take a moment to deliberately not be nice, for the first time on Gender Focus. It’s time to get mad, again, ... [ more ]

I’m going to take a moment to deliberately not be nice, for the first ... [ more ]

I’m going to take a moment to deliberately not be nice, for the first time on Gender Focus. It’s ... [ more ]

“Gay Cure” Now Off the Market: Exodus International Says a Healing Goodbye to an Era of Shame and Trauma

The news is out and on repeat, as usual, only this time: it’s personal, the kind that makes you cry in relief and do ... [ more ]

The news is out and on repeat, as usual, only this time: it’s personal, ... [ more ]

The news is out and on repeat, as usual, only this time: it’s personal, the kind that makes you ... [ more ]

On Jodie Foster: Let’s All Come Out About Our Discomfort with Coming Out:

When it comes to coming out, I’ve been there, done that, probably hundreds of times. To me, there’s nothing to it. I’m one of ... [ more ]

When it comes to coming out, I’ve been there, done that, probably hundreds of ... [ more ]

When it comes to coming out, I’ve been there, done that, probably hundreds of times. To me, there’s nothing ... [ more ]