Brian L. Jacobs


Los Angeles, CA

Author's Bio

Brian L. Jacobs is a poet.  Brian grew up in Southern California and has been teaching GATE English and Humanities for thirty two  years in both K-12 and college settings. He is 54, lives in SF and has been married for 18 years to Thye, a Professor of Nursing, PhD & Postdoc and a Nurse Practitioner. Brian is currently finishing his PhD in Writing. Brian was the assistant to the Poets Allen Ginsberg and Julie Patton during his time at Naropa in the mid 90’s.  During this time he walked half way around the world while on a peace pilgrimage with Buddhist monks commemorating WWII visiting Europe, the Middle East and India. Brian is also a three time Fulbright Scholar, which has allowed him to study in Brazil, where he studied its water issues; China, where he studied its vast 10,000 year history; and Japan, spending time to participate in a case study in one of its small towns near the Japanese Alps. He had also earned a National Endowment of Humanities grant to China, studying its philosophies and histories while living in Xi’an. He subsequently participated in a grant from Fund For Teachers visiting South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, plus earning other various grants that have taken him to places all over in the United States. He also taught teachers at a university in Fuzhou, China for five summers under a grant from SABEH. Subsequently he has earned an Earth Watch grant to the rainforest of Ecuador, to study climate change and caterpillars. Brian's poetry has been published in several publications including, Shiela-Na-Gig, the Crank, Unbound, The South Florida Florida Poetry Journal, Progenitor Art and Literary Journal, Foxtail, Rip Rap, The Bangalore Review, Sunspot Lit, Anthropod, Pa'Lante, Dark Moon Lilith Press, Black Tape Press, Genre, Inky Blue/Celery, Red Dancefloor Press, Entelechy, 1844 Pine Street, Pasta Poetics, Trouble and Praxis, plus many others. 

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 

Three time Fulbright Scholar, Five time SABEH Grant, NEH Grant, Fund For Teachers Grant, Earth Watch Fellow

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Brian marinates in inspiration from Audre Lorde, Edouard Glissant, Reza Abdoh, Patricia Smith, James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, Pedro Almodovar, Keith Haring, NEA Four, Justin Phillip Reed, The Beats, Paul Celan, Artist Nick Cave, Sam Rami, Jean Rhys, Erasure, House Music, Robert Duncan, Lee Edelman, John Waters, Lana Del Rey, Patti Smith, Michel Foucault, American Visionary Arts Museum, Kurt Vonnegut, ACT UP, Daniel Day Lewis, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Lady Gaga, Zhang Huan, Arthur Danto, Derek Jarman , Kiki Smith, Marc Almond, Nina Hagen, Grace Jones, This Mortal Coil, Boy George, Bjork , Divine, Tracey Thorn, and Florence Welch.
What I'm reading now: 
Poetics of Relation by Edouard Glissant , Incendiary Arts by Patricia Smith, The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed, James Baldwin Complete by James Baldwin, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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Born in: 
Long Beach, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Jun 28, 2023