While in undergraduate school, Jake published Phage, an alternative magazine, and was the head of public relations for a local ecological organization. These two endeavors led him to receive a scholarship to the Z Media Alternative Journalism Institute, where he studied with renowned author, linguist and speaker Noam Chomsky; author Barbara Ehrenreich; and David Barsamian, the host of National Alternative Radio.
During his graduate studies in San Francisco, Jake met and learned from many prominent members of the Beat and Post-Beat generation of writers, including: David Meltzer, Neeli Cherkovski, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane di Prima, Joanne Kyger, Jack Hirschman and others. In addition, he worked as a feature writer for the global music culture magazine, Revolution, which allowed Jake to research and compose articles throughout Europe.
In 2001, Jake co-founded Places magazine, which evolved into Modern Nomad magazine. It was the first magazine to explore “place” in a holistic way, and it became the printed muse that inspired the current global “Modern Nomad” movement. During his time as Publishing Director, Jake was interviewed by CNN, Canadian Elle magazine, and was a frequent guest on various regional NPR shows, including several appearances on Conversations with Jean Feraca produced in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Jake has also taught creative writing at the elementary, high school and college levels. He has been a writer-in-residence for the InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, at La Serrania Retreat Centre in Spain, for The Grunewald Guild in the state of Washington, and most recently for the Stony Point Center in New York. In addition, Jake has taught college essay and environmental writing classes for summer educational programs at Yale, Stanford, and UC-Berkeley.