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Jessica Lee McMillan

Jessica Lee McMillan is a poet and civil servant with an MA in English and currently enrolled in Simon Fraser University's The Writer's Studio. When not writing, she spends time with her little family, her big dog and buries herself in books and records. Her first chapbook is forthcoming in Fall 2023 via Rose Garden Press.

Jessica's work explores perception, existential concerns, language, the body, pop culture, music, film, social justice, natural science and scale.

She can be read presently/forthcoming in Humber Literary Review, Blank Spaces Magazine, Pinhole Poetry, Riddled with Arrows, Antilang, Tiny Spoon, Dream Pop Journal, Gap Riot Press, SORTES, Train Poetry Journal, Lover's Eye Press, Red Alder Review and others. 

Jessica is a first-generation Canadian settler who lives in New Westminster, British Columbia on stolen and unsurrendered lands of the Coast Salish and Halkomelem-speaking Peoples, in particular, the Kwantlen, Katzie, Kwikwetlem and QayQayt First Nations.

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You can tell I’m a magpie by the pieces I carry: the magpie, a collector, a good-luck bird, full of words, hiding in patterns round...

Learning to Be Receptive

What we can learn from the world’s giant Buddha statues by Jessica Lee McMillan It became an accidental pilgrimage to visit four giant...

Buddhism, Reflection and Truth

The symbolism of reaching for the light by Jessica Lee McMillan Koson’s Zen painting contemplates the perceived divisions between reality...

A Gathering of Leaves

Poetry by Jessica Lee McMillan On a shelf of volumes bound to me, binding, I extend the vertebrae, the body, a gathering of sewn leaves,...

Whatever Happened to the Heroes?

Punk, Trotsky, Che Chic and the consumption of revolutionary icons by Jessica Lee McMillan Wandering down steaming ramen shopping alleys...

Anatomy of Summer Wind

Poetry by Jessica Lee McMillan The wind reads my turning pages white dress waving cotton and blanket flaps over dirt swallows whirr for a...

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