Jesenia Legarreta was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago. She received a full scholarship to Benedictine College in Kansas and studied Theatre Arts. She has 4 beautiful children she loves to nurture and spend time with. Her dream is to one day open a non-for-profit youth outreach organization or theatre and offer free arts programs to at risk and troubled youth. Jesenia is not only passionate about helping the youth, but also looks forward to every opportunity she can to help the homeless. Having experienced homelessness herself and living in shelters, she understands the challenges that the homeless face in the world.
Her passions include writing poetry, performing spoken word poetry, attending open mics, dancing, cooking vegan food, listening to music, painting, volunteering and helping her children be well rounded in academics and the arts. Jesenia was part of a spoken word film for the 20th anniversary Sedona Film Festival. The film is called “Listen.Violence” and can be found on YouTube and Vimeo. In this film, herself and two other spoken word artists share their experience with domestic violence in hopes to help create positive charge in families and communities. Currently, through February 22nd, 2020 Jesenia is competing in the 2nd season of I GOT THE LAST WORD spoken word competition that is held at Aroma Mocha Cafe in Avondale, Arizona. Competition performances can be seen on I GOT THE LAST WORD TV on YouTube.
Lastly, her creativity has led her to begin creating beautiful wood burned earrings and paintings that she sells as a hobby. Most of her creations can be found on her IG page OF_A_WOMAN. She is a creative, confident woman who seeks to give back to her community and is very passionate about helping the younger generations have the resources they need to feel valued and become successful.