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Jessica Jacobs

b. 1980

Biography

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books, 2019), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Award and Goldie Award, and a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell, American Fiction, and Julie Suk Book Awards. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press, 2015), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. With her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse, 2020).

She earned her BA at Smith College and her MFA in Poetry at Purdue University. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and educator—teaching for Hendrix College, UNC-Wilmington’s MFA program, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Writing Workshops in Greece, among other programs.

With her wife, she co-founded SunJune Literary Collaborative, an educational organization. She lives in Asheville, NC, where she serves as the Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal, and her collection of poems in conversation with the Book of Genesis is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2024. Jessica is the founder of Yetzirah.

Current City, State, Country

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Longwood, Florida, USA

Published Works

Poetry Books
Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books, 2019)
Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press, 2015)

Poetry Chapbook
In Whatever Light Left to Us (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016)

Writing Craft Book
Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (co-authored with Nickole Brown, Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse, 2020)

Current Title

Yetzirah/Founder & President; SunJune Literary Collaborative/Co-Founder & Teacher; Beloit Poetry Journal/Chapbook Editor & Editorial Board Member

Author Site

Education

Smith College, B.A.
Purdue University, M.F.A in Poetry

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