About Jacob

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Jacob Scheier is a Toronto born poet, essayist and journalist, who has also lived in Istanbul, New York City and Brandon, Manitoba. He was the winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry (More to Keep us Warm, ECW Press) and co-winner of a 2009 New York Independent Media Alliance award for best feature article, “The Anti-Bloomberg: Can I Get an Amen?.” Co-written with John Tarleton. The Indypendent 14 August 2009: 6-7. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines across North America, including RattleDescant and Geist, been aired on CBC radio and inspired a contemporary dance performance at the En Wave Theatre in Toronto.


Jacob’s second full length collection of poems, Letter from Brooklyn was published with ECW Press in Spring 2013 and his non-fiction ebook, “My Never-Ending Acid Trip: Why I Still Hallucinate Years after Taking LSD” was published by The Toronto Star in fall 2013.


His articles and essays have also been widely published in several magazines and newspapers, and he is a regular contributor to Toronto’s weekly alternative, NOW Magazine publications  He was recently a resident with the Banff Centre’s prestigious literary journalism program. He is also the former co-editor-in-chief of York University’s literary journal, existere.


Up until recently, Jacob taught the innovative course Writing Creatively About Grief through Ryerson University’s Continuing Education. This course developed out of Jacob’s own loss experience, and his subsequent training to become a volunteer peer facilitator of support groups for bereaved young adults with BFO Toronto (Bereaved Families of Ontario). Jacob now offers his grief writing courses independently (please check the Grief Writing page on this site for more information). Jacob is currently the Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Writer-in-Residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon.