About Jessica Outram

Welcome to Sunshine in a Jar

My name is Jessica. This is my digital scrapbook, a place for me to play when I need to unwind. I write stories about family. I ask questions about living a creative life. I collect ideas about learning.
Engaging with this metaphor “sunshine in a jar” was sparked years ago during an Arts-Informed Inquiry as part of my Master of Arts in Adult Education and Community Development. The metaphor appeared in a poem, then became a blog, and now is at the centre of my work.

I’ve been lucky to have time to pursue the things I love. I’m a playwright, director, actor, singer, publisher, reader, teacher, principal, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and poet. I am a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. I am a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

In June 2019 I was appointed Cobourg’s 4th Poet Laureate

For more than twenty years, I’ve worked as an educator in Ontario in both Elementary and Secondary schools.
Creativity-in-community is important to me. Here are some of the local groups I’m connected to: Northumberland Players, Safe Harbour and SONG, Spirit of the Hills Arts Association, and Cobourg Poetry Workshop. For many years I was also a member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region.
PS: I love to teach writing workshops too. 

Official Bio: 

Jessica Outram, Poet Laureate of Cobourg, has loved poetry for as long as she can remember. She is publisher and editor of From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology, author of The Writing Spiral: Learning as a Writer (2014) and poetry chapbook Songs of Sunshine and Snowflakes (2013). Jessica’s poetry has been featured in various anthologies. Her play Once Upon a Rocking Chair had a run of sold-out performances with Northumberland Players in 2016. Jessica is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is an elementary school principal who writes every day. For more information visit: www.sunshineinajar.com 

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