Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a writer and filmmaker. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance named Tuccelli's debut novel, Glow (Viking 2012), an Okra Pick—their highest recognition. In film, Tuccelli’s lighting finesse can be seen in over 100 shorts, features, commercials, PSAs, and documentaries, most notably Sundance Film Festival Audience Favorite Hoop Dreams, Emmy Award-winning How Do You Spell God? (HBO), and America's Children Remember 9/11 (WGBH). She co-executive produced The Date, a film-short by Oscar-winner Luke Matheny. Passionate about girls' education in developing nations, she served on the executive board of The International HUG Foundation and is a supporter of The Nyaka Aids Orphans Project. An MIT graduate in Anthropology, Tuccelli divides her time between NYC and Rome. She is currently finishing her second novel and adapting Glow to a mini-series.

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