Jacob Oet is a poet, playwright, and artist. They are an MFA candidate in poetry at Syracuse University, where they were awarded the 2018 Shirley Jackson Prize in Fiction.
Jacob Oet’s seventh chapbook, With Porcupine, won Arcadia Magazine’s 2015 Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest. An eighth chapbook, No Mark Spiral, is forthcoming in 2018 from CutBank. Their work has been published in over 70 literary journals and anthologies, including Nashville Review, jubilat, Adroit Journal, Sycamore Review, Bennington Review, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Poetry Review. Their play, Self-Talk, premiered in 2015 at Divadlo Archa in Prague.
Jacob Oet’s book-length manuscript, With Porcupine, was named a finalist for the 2015 Moon City Poetry Award, the 2015 Backwaters Prize, the 2015 Able Muse Book Award, the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Prize, and the 2015 Knut House Prize in Poetry. Another book manuscript, Inside Ball Lightning, was named a finalist for the 2017 Cowles Poetry Book Prize and one of four finalists for the 2018 Wheelbarrow Prize. A third manuscript, Glorious Veils of Diane, was named a finalist for the 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Prize.
Jacob Oet’s other awards include the 2018 Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest (awarded by Suzanne Jamir), the 2013 Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize (runner-up, awarded by Edward Hirsch), the 2011 Baker Nord Poetry Competition (awarded by Jorie Graham), the 2011 Younkin-Rivera Poetry Prize (awarded by Allison Joseph), the 2011 Ohioana Robert Fox Award, and the 2010 Poetry in the Garden Competition (awarded by Ilya Kaminsky).