Jessie Raynor

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About me

Gender Female
Industry Arts
Occupation Director of Non-Profit Arts Organization
Location Akron, Ohio, United States
Introduction Director of the Akron Area Arts Alliance since September 1999, I also coordinate public relations and marketing for Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, one of the country’s top ten retailers of contemporary crafts. The Arts Alliance is an advocacy group representing 46 arts and cultural organizations and 70 artists and arts supporters. A former Sunday columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper and freelance feature writer for many area magazines, I earned a BA in liberal arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and MA in news-editorial journalism from Kent State University. I minored in art history in graduate school. My three amazing children are scattered all over. Andy (29), an Asian studies scholar with a MA from Duke, lives in Shenzhen, China. Anne (26) is working on a MFA in graphic design at Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia. Leigh (21) is an honors senior at Denison University. I read at least four books per month, both fiction and non, plus love road trips, especially when I have the time to get lost.
Interests Actually I am interested in just about anything except celebrity news and reality TV shows (except those crazy New Jersey housewives). My special interests are Civil War and maritime history.
Favorite Movies Two for the Road with Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn, Animal House, Jaws, and almost anything Coen Brothers
Favorite Music Opera gives me chills -- the good kind.
Favorite Books Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole plus all books by Tony Horwitz, Patrick O'Brian, and Carl Hiaasen (except that golf thing)