About Jessica

Jessica Barksdale Inclán’s fifteenth novel, The Play's the Thing, is forthcoming from TouchPoint Press in 2021. Her novels include the award-winning The Burning Hour as well as Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. Finishing Line Press published her debut poetry collection When We Almost Drowned March 2019. A Pushcart Prize, Million Writers Award, and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Tahoma Review, Carve Magazine, Palaver, and So to Speak.


Barksdale Inclán is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension and in the MFA program for Southern New Hampshire University. She holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.


Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jessica now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.