Jess Witkins is a writer, performer, and storyteller. She is the owner of Witkins Productions, LLC. She also works in a library.
Here’s where you can find writing samples, events, and performances.
Storytime for Adults
Why should kids have all the fun? Join La Crosse Public Library for this adult storytime event at Turtle Stack Brewery in La Crosse, WI. Jess is a regular performer.
Storytime for Adults will be back to in person starting in June with a special outdoor rooftop performance at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts on June 8th. Stay tuned for registration info.
Kids Storytime Shorts and Read Alouds
Join Jess at La Crosse County Library’s facebook page for a slew of videos featuring storytimes, read alouds, and book talks for your kids!
Jess is joined by her partner, Joe, for a special storytime celebrating fan favorites at Pearl Street Books for Independent Bookstore Day! Catch the virtual performance at 9am on April 24th on Facebook.
Jess writes for a variety of magazines and organizations including Coulee Region Women, Love WI, and Organic Valley’s blog, Rootstock. She has an essay titled “The Funeral Photographer” published in the anthology “What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye” through Gelles Cole Literary Enterprises.
Coulee Parenting Connection
When Motherhood Ends Too Soon
Coulee Region Women’s Magazine
Let’s Show Some Support (pg. 44, humor)
Most Jura-chic Couple (pg. 50-51, travel)
The Wedding Magazine
Get Your Body Wedding Ready; Secrets to a Successful Marriage (pg. 41, 43)
Rootstock (Organic Valley’s blog)
School Gardens: Growing More Than Just Fruits and Veggies
Profile Stories with Love WI
Sunstone published with Ariel Chart International Literary Journal
We Look for a Ditch published with The Rising Phoenix Review
Jess is a storyteller and voiceover actor. She has worked with the Minneapolis School of Acting and Voiceover and provided commercials for Midwest Family Broadcasting’s clients.
Current Project: Dark La Crosse Podcast Stories for La Crosse Public Library Archives Department
Listen to the podcasts featuring Jess:
Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 21: Death of woman of the night was murder most foul
Dark La Crosse Stories Episode 24: 1859 scuffle over property rights turned deadly
Are you in the Coulee Region? Jess is president of the nonprofit writers community, Mississippi Valley Writers Guild, which has four critique groups and hosts numerous readings and author events. Consider joining! Or follow us on Facebook for writing prompts, submission calls, and writing related news!
In the past, Jess worked as digital media manager for an arts and culture magazine. She’s been an improv actor and emcee. She was the lead director and producer for the La Crosse productions of the national storytelling series, Listen To Your Mother. You can watch her story, “Let’s Talk About My Mommy Issues,” from the 2016 show.
Photo credits include: Chuck Charbeneau, Tim Gongaware, and Matt Monsoor