Over Pancakes was started by Jessica A.S. Letaw as the result of a long series of fantastic conversations over breakfasts with friends, and then brunch salons with colleagues, talking about challenges, Plato, frustrations, physics and fearlessness, heartaches and play, and anything else they could think of.  These conversations, most of which were – how did you know? – over pancakes of some kind, have wandered back and forth from their main topics, but they have always been provocative (and profoundly fun), so here is Over Pancakes: a record of some of those conversations and subsequent trains of thoughts they teased into being.

(If you are in Southeast Michigan and would be interested in participating in the next salon, please contact Jessica at info@overpancakes.com.)

Jessica came to writing in the usual way: a Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan by way of an A.B. in German linguistics at the University of Georgia.

Her past day jobs have included a design/build marketing manager, construction project coordinator, freelance journalist and photographer, and well as Editor for Ampersand Michigan.  (Not to mention all those au pair, cleaning, filing, and table-waiting jobs to make ends meet.)  Her Masters thesis explored the semiotics of the spaces of health and questioned the spatialized cultural myths as necessary consequences of fictional narratives scripting individual days and lives, amplified to the scale of the social.  If you don’t know how any of those words go together, don’t worry.  The critics kind of didn’t, either.

Jessica lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering occasionally with events around town like the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.  She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.