outside the box owner and chief creative officer Jessica Thorpe is an alumnus of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the country's oldest HBCU.  In 1974 she became the school's first female poet laureate and captured first prize in a poetry contest sponsored and judged by Gwendolyn Brooks.   


Jessica has more than 30 years of experience in 

journalism, public relations and marketing and   

development communications.  During this time she

has worked as a writer, editor, and administrator for the Educational Testing Service, Virgin Islands Department of Health, Gannett Publications, University of the Virgin Islands and SUNY-University at Buffalo. 


Her feature and fiction writing has appeared in Essence Magazine, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Caribbean Writer, The Virgin Islands Daily News, Artvoice andThe Buffalo News, among other publications.

  • Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York

  • Black Theatre Troupe (Arizona)

  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

  • Commission for Pan African Affairs (Barbados)

  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

  • Cooper Palette and Pen 

  • Empowerment Resource Center (Philadelphia)

  • Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center

  • Jewish Cemetery Corporation 

  • Just Buffalo Literary Center

  • Leah House, Inc.  (Brooklyn)

  • Mary B. Talbert Civic and Cultural Club

  • Motherland Connextions

  • Network of Religious Communities

  • Ontario House Jazz Reunion

  • The Collective Buffalo

  • University of the Virgin Islands

  • Utopiann Euphoria


client list


  • African American Cultural Center 

  • University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy

                        and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County

  • Black Theatre Troupe

  • Green Hill Publishing 

  • Network of Religious Communities 

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