According to her official bio, “J.L. Jacobs was born in 1967 in a small town in the rural South. She began her own "project" of collecting folklore, particularly that of womenfolks, at the age of eleven. She did "carry those bug-eaten books out of the barn," and they, along with the Matriarchs she learned from, are woven into her work. She has a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. in poetry from Brown University. In 1992, Leave Books published her chapbook Varieties of Inflorescence.” Jacobs work has appeared in many literary journals, including New American Writing, First Intensity, New Orleans Review, Five Fingers Review, Talisman, and most recently, in Ploughshares. 

You can read some samples of her poetry at Lost Road Publisher’s site hosted on Web del Sol.