Jess Graves




I'm Jess Graves. I am a senior-level creative specializing in media and brand building. 

I specialize in the digital sphere, art and creative direction, placemaking, storytelling, and brand oversight in food, beverage, culture and retail.

My most recent projects include the Atlanta Gallery Collective, the HowStuffWorks Question Booth, Sunday Supper South, and the James Beard portrait project, executed during my tenure as the Director of Marketing for Ponce City Market and Westside Provisions District. 

I am also the original founder and publisher of The Love List, a respected twelve-year-old digital lifestyle publication built around the style and culture of the South, which sold in 2017.

I make frequent speaking engagements, leading panel discussions and presentations for organizations like The Southern C Summit, General Assembly, Neiman Marcus and Brandshop.

I am also a longtime contributor to Southern Living and the former style columnist for Atlanta magazine. Other bylines have included Town & Country, Eater and Garden & Gun. 

Mentions and honors have included features in Domino and Food & Wine magazines, at Barney's New York, and in Southern Living magazine, who named me one of the "75 Most Stylish Southerners".

In my free time, I serve on committees for the High Museum Wine Auction and Episcopal Cathedral Young Collectors. I'm also the proud owner of  a (mostly well-behaved) rescue golden retriever named Maggie. 



If you are looking to commission me as a journalist, panelist, broadcaster or brand consultant, please get in contact at

If you want to work with Left of South, please e-mail For publicity inquiries, please contact Laura Fryer at Blue Hominy Public Relations, For advertising inquiries, please contact Sarah Cotenoff at The Bite Agency,

If you are a brand and would like to collaborate with The Daily A, then please contact my business partner Tova Gelfond at

You can follow me on Instagram @jessnellgraves.