Writing Philosophy

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Jacob with poet Neeli Cherkovski (left) and American impresario Enrico Banducci (right) at Enrico's Sidewalk Café in North Beach, San Francisco.

Jacob with poet Neeli Cherkovski (left) and American impresario Enrico Banducci (right) at Enrico's Sidewalk Café in North Beach, San Francisco.

My philosophy with regards to writing is the same as with consciousness studies; I prefer a mix of work ethic, experiential learning, and deep contemplation in order to evolve my craft.  I do not believe that anyone can teach anyone else how to write, but a writer who has spent many years distilling their voice and style can be a guide for a writer who is a neophyte in that process, especially with regards to self-discipline and editorial skills.

While in undergraduate school, I published Phage, an alternative magazine, and was the head of public relations for a local ecological organization.  These two endeavors led me to receive a scholarship to the Z Media Alternative Journalism Institute, where I studied with renowned author, linguist and speaker Noam Chomsky; author Barbara Ehrenreich; and the host of National Alternative Radio, David Barsamian.

During my graduate studies in San Francisco, I 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.  I also worked as a feature writer for the global music culture magazine, Revolution.

In 2001, I 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 my time as Publishing Director, I was interviewed by CNN, Canadian Elle magazine, and was a frequent guest on various regional NPR shows.  

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I have also taught creative writing at the elementary, high school and college levels, and was 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.  I have edited poetry books for the InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit and for the Exploration Senior Summer Program at Yale University. 

 

Pacific Dawn by Paul W. Jacob