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A Gift in a Time of Grief for Jessica and Jeremy Wick

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Hi there, friends.

This is Amal El-Mohtar, Carlos Hernandez, Julia Rios, and C. S. E. Cooney here, fundraising for our beloved friend, Jessica P. Wick, who recently lost her mother.

Jess is an author, editor, reviewer, artist, and bookseller. She adds light and beauty and nuance to the world. Her brother, Jeremy, has been caretaking for their mother, Karen, this past half year. Karen herself, a gentle soul and a devoted reader, was a teacher all her life, with a profound love for cats, her children, and literature.

Right now, Jess and her brother are under an incredible financial strain in the wake of their mother's death. Some of the expenses are:

  • the death certificate
  • cremation fees
  • the urn
  • flight to California from Rhode Island for the funeral
  • getting the family car back east across the United States
  • two months rent on the apartment her mother and brother shared

Some of these expenses are already coming due or are past due. This list does not include the thousands of dollars of moving and storage, or any funds for Jeremy after he moves across the country and starts over. Please give, if you can. Or spread the news, if you can.

Jess and her brother need both time and space to grieve their loss. Instead, they are beset with financial stress and a series of tough decisions that are taking their toll.

We are hoping that, together, we can help ease the burden a little, and give them some breathing room to rest and to grieve in peace.

Jess's work in the speculative fiction field has inspired and delighted so many of us. As a heartfelt thank you, we are offering an anthology to all who donate to this fundraiser. This ebook full of mythic wonder includes stories, poems, and art by some of Jess's friends, including:

Mike Allen
Erik Amundsen
Erzebet Barthold
Christa Carmen
Zig Zag Claybourne
Sara Cleto
Tina Connolly
C. S. E. Cooney
Amal El-Mohtar
Francesca Forrest
Trip Galey
Theodora Goss
Carlos Hernandez
Ollie Hunter
Rebecca Huston
Nicole Kornher-Stace
Ellen Kushner
Cerece Rennie Murphy
Paula Arwen Owen
Dominik Parisien
Caitlyn Paxson
Julia Rios
Delia Sherman
Elissa Sweet
Sonya Taaffe
Tiffany Trent
Brittany Warman
Jessica P. Wick
Terri Windling

We are also including a poem by Karen Wick, whom we honor.

Thank you kindly,

Amal El-Mohtar, Carlos Hernandez, Julia Rios, and C. S. E. Cooney


  • Victoria Parker-Stevens
    • $25 
    • 19 hrs
  • Anonymous
    • $7 
    • 5 d
  • Joanne Warman
    • $10 
    • 6 d
  • Anonymous
    • $5 
    • 6 d
  • Anonymous
    • $5 
    • 6 d

Organizer and beneficiary

CSE Cooney
Westerly, RI
Jessica Wick

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