The North Carolina Writers’ Network is proud to welcome Jessica Jacobs of Asheville to its Board of Trustees.
The current NCWN trustees approved her nomination in an election conducted on November 7. She will serve a three-year term, after which she may be re-elected.
Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Reading 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), 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. Her new collection, unalone, poems in conversation with the Book of Genesis, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2024. She received her BA at Smith College and her MFA in Poetry at Purdue University. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Orion, New England Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Ploughshares, and The Missouri Review. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and professor—teaching for Hendrix College, UNC-Wilmington’s MFA program, Converse College, and Writing Workshops in Greece, among other programs—and now serves as the Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse), and is the founder of Yetzirah, the first national literary organization for Jewish poets.