Jessica Rapisarda



“Solving for Chaos” appears on The Inner Loop: A Literary Reading Series as part of my Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House Writing Residency

A micro essay, “Developmental English” is featured in Beautiful Things from River Teeth

“Another Word for Gone” was a runner-up in phoebe’s nonfiction contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

“Grief for Girls,” is published in Furious Gravity: Grace & Gravity Volume IX, a collection of work by DC-area women writers and in Grace & Gravity‘s “From the Attic” series with an added essay introduction by Melanie Hrbek.

My essay, “Depending on Pain Killers,” about chronic pain and the death of Prince is featured in The Establishment (now on Medium)

My essay about parenthood and identity, “The Woman Formerly Known As” is featured on the cover of the HuffPost parenting section

“How the Open Road Heals Me,” an essay about grief and road trips, is published by Elephant Journal


I was invited by ArtsFairfax to read a poem during National Poetry Month in April 2022. Watch me read “Maker.” 

“The Extreme and Mean Ratio at Woodlawn,” part of my essay “Solving for Chaos” appears on The Inner Loop: A Literary Reading Series site. 

“Taking My Own Life” appears  in the Summer 2021 Edition of Capsule Stories

“Odalisque” wins The Northern Virginia Review Poetry Prize

“The Point About My Mother” is also published in Volume 32 of The Northern Virginia Review

“Golden Rule” is published in jubilat‘s special issue, Number 30.5

“Anatomy for Medical Students” is featured on The Good Men Project

“In Another Language” appears in Issue 38 of The Potomac Review


Humor & Parenting

Watch me give a live reading of my essay “Ground Control to Major Mom” as a cast member in the DC leg of the Listen to Your Mother storyteller series