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Poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown to Visit Hendrix College Campus


CONWAY, Ark. (October 8, 2019) — Jessica Jacobs’ poems have the clear gaze of a camera, the tenderness of the “tender skin of a plum,” and the heat of a summer night in Florida. —Rita Mae Reese

Nickole Brown works the miracle of all good art, recording the unbearable even as she transforms it. —Ellen Bass

Poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown will visit Hendrix College as Murphy Visiting Writers on October 24, 2019. They will read from and discuss their work at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and book signing in Trieschmann Gallery. 

Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown are a married couple residing in Asheville, North Carolina. However, they are no strangers to Hendrix College. Jacobs was the Hendrix-Murphy Writer-in-Residence in 2016 and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Hendrix, while Brown has regularly served as a judge for the Hendrix Aonian poetry writing contest. Both Jacobs and Brown have served as outside readers for Creative Writing senior theses. 

Jessica Jacobs holds an M.F.A. from Purdue University. She is the author of a collection of poetry, Pelvis with Distance, winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, and the chapbook In Whatever Light Left to Us. Her second book, a memoir-in-poems, Take Me With You, Wherever You’re Going, was released in March 2019. Jacobs’ poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in many literary journals, and she is the Associate Editor of The Beloit Poetry Journal. She currently serves as the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at UNC-Wilmington’s MFA Program and teaches at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute and a number of writing conferences.  

Nickole Brown received her M.F.A. from Vermont College. She is the author of two books of poetry, the “novel-in-poems” Sister (re-issued in 2019) and the “biography-in-poems” Fanny Says. Her latest chapbook, To Those Who Were Our First Gods, was the winner of Rattle’s 2018 Chapbook Contest. She also has a new chapbook, The Donkey Elegies, coming out in January 2020. Brown is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series, and she formerly taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She teaches periodically at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program, the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and the Hindman Settlement School.

Brown and Jacobs regularly teach at writing conferences, both solo and as a team. In addition to a public reading, their week-long visit will allow them to teach three workshops for Hendrix students and meet one-on-one with Creative Writing students. They will also lead a discussion at the weekly Literature and Language over Lunch program, visit classes, and engage in more casual conversations with students. Through their visit, students will gain knowledge about the craft of writing as well as practical advice about how writers live in the world and opportunities available beyond Hendrix. 

This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or

About Hendrix College

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