Kathleen M. Jacobs - Writer
Blackwater Press Short Story Collection 2022
My short story, "Running from Rhymes," placed second in Blackwater Press's 2022 Short Story Anthology, INK. Visit them at www.blackwaterpress.com to order a copy.
The Stillness of Heartache: A Lyrical Poem
This work looks at the universality of the trials and tribulations of a life lived, with all its joys and disappointments. It begins from the moment we arrive until the moment we depart.
The work is only available through me in a signed and numbered, limited edition of 50 copies. Each is priced at $16.50. Free US shipping.
This collection of short stories shines a very bright light on the resiliency of the Appalachian woman. The stories can be read at www.dailyyonder.com
"I am Appalachia. In my veins runs fierce mountain pride; the hill-fed streams of passion; and stranger, you don't know me!" Muriel Miller Dressler (WV, 1970)
Runner-up Best Author Best of WV 2021
We did it again! For the second year in a row, I have been chosen Runner-up Best Author of WV by WV Living Magazine. I am grateful and humbled by this recognition of my work. And I thank each of you for voting for me. I’ll treasure your support forever.
Fireflies Dancing in the Night
When Luna begins to see the pink petals of the blossoming dogwood outside her classroom, spring fever quickly turns to thoughts of summer vacation and her family's annual trip to visit relatives in the Midwest. They soon pack their car with everything they need, including Luna's pet hedgehog, Thistle, dreaming of watching the flickering fireflies dancing in the night.
Fireflies Dancing in the Night is a story of the innocence of youth, the timeless beauty of nature, and the interwoven intricacies of the ties that bind us one to the other.
Runner-up Best Author Best of WV 2020
WV Living's annual Best of WV issue is always anticipated with the excitement of Christmas morning. Never though, in my wildest imaginings, did I ever think I'd one day be honored in this way for my work. I am immensely grateful.
Sophie & the Bookmobile
When Sophie's family moves from New York City to West Virginia, she not only has to leave her friends and the city and library she loves so much, but she has to figure out what will happen when she discovers that there is no library in her new town. But when she discovers something called a bookmobile and other new treasures, all is right with the world.
Betsy Blossom Brown
Betsy Blossom Brown is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who journeys from being an observer of life to a participant. Her seemingly idyllic life with her privileged South Carolina family is turned upside down, revealing truths and disarming pretensions. She’s independent, opinionated, and brave. Uncertainty enters her life when she and her mother move to the Appalachian region until, through a series of unsettling events, she sheds her uncertainty and learns to embrace life. The graphite illustrations help to understand the depth of Betsy Blossom Brown, as she sketches her way through life recognizing her mild Asperger syndrome, without letting it curb her appetite for life.
The Puppeteer of Objects:
A Lyrical Poem
This lyrical poem asks, "What might objects see in us as they set their gaze?" rather than what we might see in them. Through the exploration of twelve seemingly inanimate objects, the reader is invited to peel back their intricate layers to reveal the voice behind these mute, yet ever-faithful friends. And, in the process, pretensions are dropped and reality finds its way into even the most remote places.
Please Close It!
When Timmy Timberjamb refuses to close his drawers and doors, his mother devises a clever plan to convince him to change his ways.
“Jacobs paints pictures with her words, conveying not only the storyline but the enthusiasm of children as they enjoy
childhood pleasures and gently learn the WHY of simple actions. This story will easily become a childhood favorite for both
parents and kids. A rollicking good read!”
West Virginia elementary school reading specialist
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A collection of poems, essays, and opinions. Thoughtful and whimsical.
". . . an up-and-coming new voice in Southern literature."
Marble Town tells the story of thirteen-year-old Cole Atwater whose mother was killed in an automobile accident when he was ten. Cole questions whether or not he will follow in the destructive footsteps of his best friend, cling to his childhood sweetheart, become further distant from his grieving father, or trust himself. Through mysterious clues left throughout the historic cemetery his mother tended, the story becomes one of hope, healing, and redemption.
Jacobs’s language and imagery are something to sink your teeth into. Her descriptions are perfectly crafted. Marble Town is a story of hope and healing and a young boy who faces what each of us faces: choosing between good and bad, between soaring and falling.
~ Anna Hartman, writer, Charleston, SC
Honeysuckle Holiday is now available at Left Bank Books in St. Louis.
"A richly detailed debut novel of a Southern girl's 1960s childhood."
"Jacobs is a talented, descriptive writer who provides particularly lush descriptions..."
"A brief but enjoyable historical novel."