• Photography

    Autumn Leaves on Georgian Bay

    It rained most of the weekend this Thanksgiving but that didn’t stop me from getting outside to take pictures of the leaves between rainfalls. I wish you could see them in full resolution! Here are some of my pics:

  • Poet Laureate of Cobourg

    Inspired by Cobourg: Will You Join Us?

    I want to write more about Cobourg. Explore its locations and history. I’d love to do this with you! In the new year I plan to launch a new project as Poet Laureate. I’m still working out the details but the broad strokes of the plan is to offer some free writing workshops in various locations around town. Let’s be inspired together!

  • Love & Energy Spiral


    sun lights red maple
    glowing warmth
    and memory
    summer afternoons gone
    crisp breath talks
    to fallen leaves
    collected as treasures
    upon our table
    thank-you trees
    and sun and time
    children like sunflowers
    energy spirals
    and mindfulness
    winter mornings near
    bright appetites linger
    family’s feasting
    savoured as love
    captured in our portrait
    thank-you home
    and food and this.

    © Jessica Outram

  • Poet Laureate of Cobourg

    Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts

    Join us October 24 to October 26, 2019 for a weekend of sharing across the arts. Click here for more information.

    I will be sharing a new poem at the Opening Gala. I’ve also created my first multi-media poetry experience called “What the Bay Saw” for Saturday’s Words on a Wire event. Finally, one of my memoirs is included in the latest volume of Hill Spirits.

    I’m looking forward to celebrating the arts with local artists and writers!

  • Georgian Bay Roots

    More About Gereaux Island Lighthouse

    About the Building

    In 1996, my Uncle Bob wrote to the government requesting information about Gereaux Island Lighthouse. He knew this was a meaningful place for my Aunt Pat: her father grew up in this lighthouse and her grandfather was keeper. The government sent him the plans for Great Duck Island Lighthouse on Lake Huron (built in 1876) stating it was very similar in construction. They also sent a few other spec sheets and an article. Uncle Bob used this information to have a replica built for her as a gift. Fast forward many years later and Aunt Pat and Uncle Bob have shared that gift with me. I have the replica in a special place among family photos in my home.

    According to an informal building report from the Federal Heritage Building Review Office, published in December 1990, Gereaux Island Lighthouse is a square tapered wooden lighttower with attached dwelling. This form had living space in both the attached dwelling and in the tower. This model was used especially in remote locations.