As a child Jackie loved building forts from materials found in the woodlands of
central New Jersey. Her first inkling that she could write a poem came in the fifth
grade, but being shy, she hid herself in every Civil War history book she could find.
She loved the sound of General Beauregard’s name.
Her father, concerned that a history degree would lead to more reading, convinced
her to take accounting and economics courses, useful knowledge in the real world.
For several years Jackie worked for different insurance companies building call
centers. She never lost her love of history and completed her MA at Monmouth
University and taught there for two years.
Then she met the love of her life and followed him to the Pinelands of South Jersey
where she spent time trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. A friend
suggested she enroll in Emari DiGiorgio’s Creative Writing course at The Richard
Stockton University where she rediscovered her love for writing. Jackie has also
studied with Stephen Dunn, Kathleen Graber, and attended several Peter Murphy
In early 2014, Jackie's poem “Big Date Valentine” was published in an anthology of
science and technology short stories, essays and poems titled The Asteroid Belt Almanac
by The Head & The Hand Press.
Her poem “What I Mean When I Say Goat Rope” appeared in Wordrunner
eChapbooks Spring 2016 anthology titled Devices. “The Vermeer” and “A Day for
Lot’s Wife” were published in Artemis and the San Pedro River Review respectively.
“Arctic Latitudes” appeared in the 2016 Fall/Winter edition of the Sugar House Review,
and “Painted Turtle” was published in the Injustice and Protest issue of Pilgrimage
Jackie is a member of the South Jersey Poets Collective which promotes poetry
readings at the Arts Garage and on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Jackie is also
working on her first chapbook Paper Skeletons, an exploration of hand-me-down
objects and what they might have witnessed.