Jacob joined the Amanti Vino team in 2016 while teaching at Montclair State University, before moving to full time in 2019. An Illinois native, he attended both Ithaca College and New York University, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Fiction. Previously a wine professional and spirits buyer in Manhattan, he holds an advanced certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). His writing appears in Sycamore Review and Midwestern Gothic, and he has served as the fiction editor for Washington Square Review as well as a guest editor for Five Quarterly and Pipette. He is currently at work on a novel.