Jessica Rowshandel | The New Engagement

Jessica Rowshandel

Jessica Rowshandel

Jessica Rowshandel

Jessica is a visual artist and poet, social worker turned techie, and science nerd fascinated by space and planetary science. Through art she explores both the human condition and/or the natural world, depending on the day. She holds a Master of Science in social work from Columbia University. A Nuyorican/Iranian-American who lived most of her life in the New York City area, Jessica now lives in Los Angeles (and loves it). In her social work days, she was asked to write a book, "Lupus: 365 Tips for Living Well," which was released in November 2015. In addition to the arts and sciences, she does her best to contribute to intersectional social justice activism for both humans and non-humans. 

Work by This Artist

Unravel by Jessica Rowshandel, December 2016 issue cover
By Jessica Rowshandel

A primal scream into the abyss.

Motherless Fatherless #2, painting
By Jessica Rowshandel

Embracing the void named neglect.

Motherless Fatherless #5, painting
By Jessica Rowshandel

Abandonment takes shape as a poltergeist.

Motherless Fatherless B-side, painting
By Jessica Rowshandel

Rejection is a monster.

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Contests & Prizes

Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.

The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.

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