Jessica Peterson is a letterpress printer, book artist and teacher. She operates The Southern Letterpress out of the Paper Machine in New Orleans' lower Ninth Ward, providing letterpress printing, design services, and workshops in printing and book arts. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and a MFA from the Book Arts Program at University of Alabama (2009). She has taught book arts, typography and graphic design at University of Alabama, Mississippi University for Women, Purchase College, The University of Bridgeport, and Tulane University. She collaborates with book arts centers to create artists’ book project, in the past working with Small Craft Advisory Press at University of Florida; Short Twig Press at Longwood University; and the book arts center at Ringling College of Art. Her artists’ books are collected in private and public libraries around the country.