Jessa Gibboney is a writer and storyteller living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sharing stories nourish her soul. She was hooked at eighteen. Jessa's mother kept a daily journal of her senior year of high school; and to this day, it is a cherished gift. Reading her journey through another's words was not only therapeutic, it gave concrete purpose to once common moments. The documentation ends with this:
“This is the end of my journal entries. Maybe you’ll choose to continue the journal with your own thoughts.”
Jessa has been a storyteller ever since.
As the creator of Wavy Alabaster, a writer's open journal, Jessa shares everything from the stories behind sustainable style to personal reflections (the good, the challenging). One of her most most-read pieces of 2017, The Beginning of a Memoir: Horsethief x Wavy Alabaster, introduces the reader to a self-designed ring and its baby steps to becoming a heirloom. Cartier asked her to develop a piece connecting the Panthère de Cartier with her path as a writer. This became a highlight piece for Jessa. It was a refreshing collaboration with incredibly talented creatives.
Jessa's first print short essay, wonder preserved, appeared in Holl & Lane Magazine in October 2017. This essay beautifully tied a quality of her husband to a vintage silk kimono.
2018 has been off to a fast start with commissioned pieces from the Pittsburgh Opera and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. In April, Jessa produced a piece for The Incline entitled Sustainable clothing in Pittsburgh: A guide to smart shopping and Earth-friendly donations.
Also set to release this year, Jessa will be co-hosting a podcast, Common Hours, with friend and entrepreneur, Cara Berrigan. This podcast will explore the beauty of common hours in everyday journeys. Each week, they will chat with a new person who is inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, advancing confidently in the direction of their dreams. Jessa and Cara, much like themselves, want to engage with those in the trenches working toward a self-defined way of living, A great deal can be learned from observing one's journey while still in it.
Jessa lives with her husband, Ben, and their pup, Opal. Their family is expanding this year with a little one due at the end of October.
To commission Jessa as a journalist, copywriter, storyteller or for more substantial or long-form writing projects, please use the email below. **Please note, Jessa is currently taking maternity leave until February 2019. She will return messages in February.
Jessica (Jessa) Gibboney