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Jessica Elisheva Emerson

"Olive Days is a lush and intoxicating Los Angeles daydream. Emerson is the real deal—a stylist whose every sentence captures how it feels to be alive, to be in love, to live in the aching distance between who you want to be and who you are."

-Ruth Madievsky, author of All-Night Pharmacy

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Jessica's debut novel Olive Days from Counterpoint Press (Editor Dan López), debuts September 10, 2024 and is available for preorder now.

Jessica was a finalist in the 2024 and 2020 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, and placed second in the 2020 First Pages PrizeHer stories and poems have been published in journals including The Beloit Fiction Journal, Midwestern Gothic, Crucible, Drash, and Anemone Sidecar. Her original play The Greys was produced at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and her BA in journalism from USC.

Jessica lives with her husband and children in the Sonoran Desert. 

Previously Published Short Stories

A few stories published in print-only literary journals.

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See Jessica
at an upcoming reading
or event

Thanks to everyone who came out to the reading at AWP. See you at events this fall, we'll update this page frequently.
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Contact

Jessica is represented by
Carolyn Forde and Amanda Orozco
at the Transatlantic Agency.

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"Try to remain permanently confused." -George Saunders

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