Jessica Bates is a freelance writer living in Southern California, and she holds degrees in both English and journalism. Jessica enjoys traveling, cooking without recipes, reading, taking pictures of weird plants, dancing to good music, eating pineapple, recycling and stretching her limbs.

In her undergraduate career, Jessica worked on the editorial board of Steel Toe Books selecting full-length poetry manuscripts for publication. She blogs about books, art, writing and sustainability on her website.

Jessica also writes for Hello Santa Monica, where she features local businesses, restaurants, events, attractions and breaking news.