Julie "Jules" Jacob is the author of The Glass Sponge, a semi-finalist in the New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition, published May, 2013 by Finishing Line Press. Jules' poems, short stories, and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of print and online publications including Rust + Moth, Third Wednesday, Frogpond, Camroc Press Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Binnacle Annual Ultra-Short Competition Editions, HuffpostWomen/ AOL'sMyDaily and elsewehere. She participated in the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 2015 Poetry Workshop in Auvillar, France.
Jules was born in Sterling, Colorado, a stockyard town on the Northeastern plains. In December 1973, she watched two workers from an orphanage in Saigon carry her twin, five month-old brother and sister off a plane at Stapleton Airport in Denver. Jules' family spent their summers at her grandparent's two hundred year-old colonial estate in New Hampshire and the remainder of the year in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Littleton High School and attended the University of New Hampshire and Arapahoe Community College where she pursued a major in Spanish and minor in accounting. She returned to school in 2007 and graduated from the Horticultural Therapy Institute, accredited through Colorado State University, in 2009.
Jules' credits her mother, an English teacher and her father, a highschool botany, biology and physics teacher, for her deep curiousity, and affinity for reading, writing and the natural world. Her passion for gardening led her to obtain Master Gardener Certification from The University of Missouri Extension in 2005. In 2015, she was granted Master Gardener Emeritus status through The University of Missouri. Jules' interest in psychology, rehabilitation and therapeutic garden design influenced her decision to return to school for Horticultural Therapy. The experience she gained writing grants and project proposals helped fund the children's sensory garden she designed at the Kimberling Area Library in Missouri. The garden's mission is to increase literacy through horticulture. Jules also advocates for abused and neglected children for CASA of Southwest Missouri. She lives in the Mark Twain National Forest near Branson, Missouri.