In her quiet moments, Jessica Raschke obsesses about what brings a sense of meaning and purpose to people’s lives. This constant preoccupation, alongside her dedication to social justice principles and values, underpins all of her creative and professional pursuits.
Jessica has worked across a range of fields, primarily writing, editing, teaching and researching. In recent years, she has facilitated mortality writing workshops, and has officiated funerals throughout the Southern Highlands.
She is the convenor of Compassionate Communities in Bundanoon as part of an international movement that helps mobilise communities around end-of-life issues, with the support of Quest for Life (Compassionate Communities is being led by The GroundSwell Project throughout Australia). She is also a committee member with Supporters of a Southern Highlands Regional Gallery (SofaSHRG).
Over the years, her writing has appeared in Dumbo Feather, Overland, Cordite, 5 Poetry Journal, The Big Issue, Metro, The Death Mook, Australian Screen Education, Australian Bookseller + Publisher and InPress. Her books, Luscious Glass Cage (2008) and The Beguilings (2010) were published by Ginninderra Press. She has worked as an editor for several not-for-profit organisations, such as Oxfam Australia, The Dax Centre and All Together Now.
Between 2001 and 2009 she taught across a range of disciplines, including journalism, media studies, publishing and communications, cultural studies, and creative and non-fiction writing at the University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Monash University.
All of this after completing a BA at the University of Melbourne (Cultural Studies and History) and a Certificate of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University.
She completed a PhD into the history of multicultural literature and the culture of whiteness in commercial publishing in Australia in 2004 (RMIT University).
In 2018, she returned to casual teaching at Western Sydney University.