Author Archives: Jessica

About Jessica

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going, published by Four Way Books and named one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance, 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. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and now serves as the Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, and is at work on parallel collections of essays and poems exploring spirituality, Torah, and Midrash.

For Passover During a Pandemic

Nevertheless This time is sacred for the good or bad it could become but isn’t yet. For the 4 a.m. phone that doesn’t ring but might. Ma nishtana ha’laila ha’zeh mi-kol ha’leilot? Why is this night different than all other … Continue reading

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Love & Animals Tour, #1: Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Well, the first stop of our tour–the Palm Beach Poetry Festival–gave us a little more excitement than we'd bargained… Posted by Jessica Jacobs on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Love & Animals Tour 2019!

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2017 Rooster’s Revenge 30K: (More Reflection than) Race Report

5:30 Sunday morning found me huddled at the kitchen table beneath the room’s only source of light, sipping tea and reading the Book of Isaiah. The fact that this is the most geriatric sentence on record (at least, on my record) … Continue reading

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Yamacraw 50K 2017: Race Report & Reflections

As much of my writing these days tends to either originate from mid-run ruminations or grapple with running directly, I figured it would be kosher to include a race report on our writing blog (and Nickole was kind enough to … Continue reading

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (at AWP)

Just past the Marriott’s doors, I asked a valet, “Which way to the river?” “What river?” he responded. I asked two more hotel employees and heard the same question. The river that bears your city’s name, I thought, but just … Continue reading

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“everything blooming bows down in the rain”

–from “Heavy Summer Rain,” Jane Kenyon After six glorious weeks in Asheville, we spent six days back in Little Rock, which was just enough time to see friends, figure out how to pack the suitcase equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife (three months … Continue reading

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things to remember

After nearly a month in Asheville–the many tromps through the woods, the heavy late day rains, reading nearly a book a day, writing new poems (!), and meeting all of these wonderful new friends (and even a little salsa dancing thrown … Continue reading

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Malaprop’s, Asheville, NC


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Marie Ponsot and my return to writing

In my early twenties, with a shiny new degree and a recent string of restaurant gigs where people said things like, “If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean,” I decided that a big-kid office job was my … Continue reading

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