News from Jess Taylor, a writer from Toronto, Ontario. She writes short stories, novels, and poetry.
January 3, 2019.
Another New Year! Reading at Vacant Nobodies on Jan 8th. Was longlisted for the Journey Prize. Just Pervs will be out in Canada Fall 2019 with Book*hug!
I’ve been meaning to write a post for a long time and left my last post off with a “big news coming soon” and then just never got around to posting anything. To be honest, the past few months have seen me adjusting to a life of recovery, as I’ve been back at work, trying to write more again and regain some of my previous social lifestyle. I do not recommend having your pelvis broken. I wrote a little about this experience (along with my experiences with my mental health) in this article I wrote upon request by my friend, Sanchari Sur, for Invisible Press’ blog.
Anyway! There was some big news and still is some big news! I haven’t done an official announcement yet about Just Pervs, my second collection of stories, which will be released in Canada in Fall 2019 with Book*hug! I just finished my edits with Meg Storey and am so pleased with the way the book has shaped up. Just Pervs is a little darker in tone than Pauls and takes female sexuality as its focus — throughout the writing of the book, however, I became surprised at how much the stories all gravitated towards discussing female friendship and young women learning to embrace their independence.
In addition to all of that, “Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love”, a story from Just Pervs that was published in This Magazine was longlisted for The Journey Prize and featured in The Journey Prize Anthology 30, alongside “Desperada” by my good friend, Sofia Mostaghimi! We got to attend the Writer’s Trust Awards Ceremony and the Gala.
I will be reading a story at a new prose reading series, Vacant Nobodies on January 8th! It’s run by Sophie McCreesh and Fawn Parker and is the place to be! I’m looking forward to starting the new year off right.
As usual, if you read this, thank you for putting time and energy into reading my words.
Have a Happy 2019!
PS: The new promo pics in my gallery reel are by Cornelius Quiring.