Jesse Belle-Jones, The Modern Sexual Intellectual, is Seattle's post-disciplinary priestess of tease, challenging the imagined borders between artist, healer, activist, and scholar. Her work is body-centered with an emphasis on self-sovereignty, celebrating sexuality and death as our human birthrights. She has toured North America and the UK performing, producing, and teaching about burlesque and cabaret. She was a member of Sinner Saint Burlesque and Naked Girls Reading, and has performed as an affiliate artist with UMO Ensemble and Gender Tender. She has appeared at the Seattle International Dance Festival, the Northwest New Works Festival, and alongside Taylor Mac in Songs of the American Right (2015) and A 24 Decade History of Popular Music (2016). Offstage, she serves as the performance director for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, the president of the board of the Pan Eros Foundation, and on the board of directors of A Sacred Passing Death Midwifery.
At this moment, her favorite book is Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion.