Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a writer, filmmaker, and an extreme vertical climber. 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 film shorts 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 is currently finishing her second novel and developing a documentary about women in extreme vertical climbing. Tuccelli divides her time between the United States and Italy.

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