Bunny Island Key West


DSCF0534I moved to Key West from Montreal almost six years ago and continue to be awestruck by the beauty and strangeness of this place.

I am a studio artist at The Studios Key West and treasure the small room on White Street. I wrote No Name Key in that space and when I enter that room that overlooks the tin rooftop and the avocado tree, I feel transported to another place where I can say anything I dare.

This year, I have had a few publications, won an honorable mention in Fish Publication for a postcard fiction piece, made poem of the month in Scribes magazine, had a story published in “Murder in Key West” anthology and am awaiting news on two more stories

By far the most difficult and significant event in 2014 was completing “No Name Key” a novel that began as the winning entry for TSKW’s “Writes of Spring” contest in 2012. I took that contest very seriously, worked hard on the entry and was rewarded with first place.  That pat on the back was enough to carry me through the duration of the entire book.

In an earlier writing life, before I took a decade off, I published numerous pieces of short fiction in literary journals

In 2011, I published  “Arrest Me (before I write again)” a collection of four rather twisted short stories. The title for this collection is an obvious take on “Arrest me before I kill again,” the chilling and famous message scrawled in lipstick on a mirror at a crime scene.

I write for the Key West Citizen occasionally, including book reviews – before we lost Solares Hill in September 2013. I miss that publication along with everyone else who appreciates quality journalism.

I have begun my second novel, another tale set in the always odd and sometimes dangerous Florida Keys.

Here’s It’s a Bunny, an early ezine I created & edited in the late 90’s.

Michael Haskins, Me, Mike Dennis, Jonathan Woods


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6 comments for “About

  1. michelle anderson
    February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks so much for visiting and writing about the Key West Wildlife Center! A pleasure having you and always great to get help promoting this magical place I get to work at every day!
    Michelle Anderson, Director, Key West Wildlife Center

  2. sharon hops
    August 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Jessica! Carol sent me your link. How great to hear about life on Bunny Island. It’s great to see a picture of your “big bunny”. I’m so happy that you found such a soul-soothing place to call home. It looks like a great community. I have often wondered how life was treating you but couldn’t seem to get in touch. I think of you whenever I see my bunny earrings. Thank you for all the love and support.
    Awesome blog! I would love to see some pictures of your fabric art creations.

  3. Mark Howell
    October 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I just finished reading “Arrest Me” and I wanted to say some words to you — but they’re all yours, Jessica: …”all stiletto all the time” … (love it!) … “an evening when the night comrs in like a shark and the leaves are swirling and anything sems possoible” … (nice!) … “daytine cops always appear slightly ridiculous, out of synch, miffed at arguing the point” … (yes!). Very good on the male point of view (even the dead) and excellent on foreshadowing (“there really was a theme developing, no doubt about it…”). I enjoyed every minute.

    – Mark

    December 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Dear Jessica:
    It was a mutual connection of good vibes at Art Basel. My name is Kachito and I was with my friend Kameelah. I was on the scooter and you took a photo of us and posted it on your blog. Thanks for the caption. You, too, have great energy.
    Maybe next time I am in Key West we can meet for lunch or something.
    Now you have my e-mail address.
    IN LOVE AND ENERGY EXCHANGE ****kachito*****

  5. Jennifer
    May 13, 2012 at 11:10 am


    Would you mind contacting me about someone with one of these real-life stories of the boat crossing?

    Thank you

  6. Al Mouyal
    October 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Jessica! I am sure you remember me Al Mouyal
    i have just moved back to Montrael from the Dominican Republic
    where i have been living on and off for the last ten years
    every time i need something to be written i think about
    you. would be nice to hear from you. Can you send me your
    # i may have some work for you
    my skype is almo08
    email almo1956@yahoo.com

    always a friend

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