DimeStories of Albuquerque: Jessica Atcherley

Jessica Atcherley is a photographer and writer living in the “Land of Entrapment”. On rare occasions she’s made international escapes, most of which turn into fiascos, rich with writing fodder. She makes a mean cappuccino which pairs well with pen and paper. Most people tell her not to drink coffee. If she had to eat one meal for the rest of her life it’s a plate of New Mexican enchiladas.


Jessica began coming to DimeStories in 2015 and soon became a favorite. In fact her first story may have been selected as a Best Of in August with a tale of pet sitting that had us rolling on the floor laughing.  Her excitement, her wit, and her gut instinct for a good story have made her a popular member of our community. 




Jessica likes to hike in wild places with no sign of civilization. She does not believe in Homeowners Associations, covenants or people against backyard chickens. 


She enjoys winding down watching T.V. shows about survival, remote places or giant snakes. She’s a fan of obscure documentary films, classic westerns, cowboy skills and funny, tragic memoirs. She’s passionate about Australian Cattle Dogs and all animals­—except cats. But some of her good friends have cats. Jessica is currently completing her first full-length book. 


When she’s not writing DimeStories, she’s running her greeting card business. The cards feature rescued and endangered animals and have a goal of creating awareness around animal welfare.  “I photograph both wild and domestic animals in shelters, sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers that would otherwise not be seen by the public.”  As part of her company’s mission, Jessica donates to the small nonprofits helping these animals. check out Species Spectrum Greeting Cards at http://speciesspectrum.com.


The last book she read was A House of My Own By Sandra Cisneros.


Jessica says people might be surprised to learn that she has an uncanny knowledge of geography and maps.


3 things about Jessica:


Her three favorite words are:  Rascuache, Guacamole, and Rubbish


Three things you’ll find on her desk:  Gun Ear Muffs, Jar of chocolate chips, Egg timer


Three writers she admires:  Alexandra Fuller, Mary Roach, Stephen King


Duke City DimeStories' Open Mic takes place on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  Writers read their 3-minute stories (that's about 500 words)  in front of a live audience at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave SE.  The stories are recorded and the  three best of the evening are posted online.  

$3 donation requested, refreshments are served. Listeners welcome too!  

For more information visit DimeStories.org.

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Comment by Dee Cohen on April 19, 2016 at 6:01am

Jessica's tales are always witty, well paced, and surprising. What a treat that she is part of DimeStories...

Comment by Kim Adonna on April 20, 2016 at 7:18pm

Jess is so fantastic.  I don't know how she does it.  Always leaves me in stitches. 


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