Jacob Oet

Jacob O.

Syracuse, NY
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Jacob delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Five-time Ohio scholastic chess champion, and a US Junior Open co-champion. Poet at Syracuse University's prestigious MFA program, where I also teach undergraduate composition.

My seventh poetry chapbook, With Porcupine, won the 2015 Ruby Irene Prize from Arcadia Press. My work appears in The Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, and over 60 other publications.

I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016, with a major in Poetry and Translation and a minor in Russian (GPA 3.83). I am currently a teaching fellow in the Poetry MFA at Syracuse University. My SAT is 2320 (CR800, W800, M720), and my GRE 330 (VR170, QR160).

I have been practicing Zen and other forms of meditation on a daily basis for 5 years. I have lived and practiced at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Zen monastery in the Catskills.

I bring a sense of playfulness and humor to all of my teaching. I also always show up at 100% with my whole heart and mind. I set high goals and inspire the passion my students need to reach them.

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Poetry Staff Editor
Sep 2016 - Present
Salt Hill

Read and voted on poetry submissions.

Composition Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present
Syracuse University

Taught students how to write compelling essays, develop their voices, and love writing.

Reading Teacher
May 2017 - Jul 2017
Institute of Reading Development

Taught reading classes at all age levels, from 4/K to adult.

Poetry Editor
Jan 2013 - Dec 2015
The Clay Bird Review

Read submissions for The Clay Bird Review and decided which to publish.

Communications Intern for Orion
May 2015 - Aug 2015
NASA Johnson Space Center

Wrote a year's worth of themed posts for Facebook and Twitter; designed strategies for web outreach targeting millennials; wrote a script for a webcomic about the Orion spacecraft; wrote creative and informational articles for the monthly internal newsletter; conceived of and wrote copy for viral content.

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First-Book Contest Reader
Jan 2014 - May 2014
Saturnalia Books

Read submissions for Saturnalia Books' first book prize in poetry.

Community Organizer
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012
Ohio Citizen Action

Canvassed door to door fundraising and educating local communities on Northeast Ohio environmental and public health issues.

Chess Teacher
Jun 2009 - Aug 2012
Vivacity Chess

Worked with students of beginner to intermediate skill levels individually and in groups to improve their understanding of tactics, positional play, strategic principles, and endgame dynamics.

Poetry Staff Editor
Aug 2011 - Apr 2012
The Adroit Journal

Read and voted on poetry submissions.


MFA in Poetry
Aug 2016 - Present
Syracuse University
BA in Poetry and Translation (Russian Minor)
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Swarthmore College


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


The Morrell-Hayes Poetry Prize
Apr 2016
Swarthmore College
2015 Ruby Irene Poetry Prize
Jan 2016
Arcadia Press
The Robin M. Shapiro ‘78 Endowed Fund for Summer Research Fellowship
Apr 2015
Swarthmore College
The John Russell Hayes Poetry Prize
Apr 2014
Swarthmore College
Abraham Sutzkever Memorial Translation Prize (Runner-Up)
Sep 2013
Summer Literary Seminars (Judged by Edward Hirsch)


United States Chess Federation
Sep 2004

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is the official, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) US membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to Grandmasters. Our mission is to empower people through chess one move at a time. Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess.

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5 Reviews

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Mark Jul 12, 2017
Creative Writing · In studio

I loved learning creative writing from Jacob! He was a really fun teacher, but was also serious about helping me learn. He was always prepared, and really seemed to care about my thoughts.

What I loved most was how it never felt like he was talking AT me, but instead, he was talking with me.

I can't recommend Jacob enough!

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Rebecca Jul 12, 2017
Poetry · Online

Jacob is an adept teacher. In poetry where everything is up to the reader's interpretation, Jacob remained unbiased and gave me great advice, drawing from his vast personal experience. He never tells me what to write, just gives suggestions on what he thinks could be changed.

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Michelle Jul 12, 2017
Creative Writing · Online

I've been sending my poetry to Jacob for a long time. He's a very deep and generous reader and always asks a lot of questions before offering suggestions, to make sure that he understands completely what I am trying to accomplish. When he gives me critiques, he has an amazing knack at separating the meat from the bone, tightening my lines, and modifying my structure to best suit my vision for the work.

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Victor Jul 12, 2017
Chess · In home

Jacob is passionate, friendly, and patient. My son, who has ADHD, took classes with Jacob in 2012, and gained over 300 rating points after working with Jacob for two months. Because of Jacob's help, my son won his first tournament.

Bobby Jul 12, 2017
Reading · In studio

My son has taken extra reading help classes in school, but he's never loved to read as much as he does after working with you. He is reading faster and more confidently. Whatever you're doing, it's working!

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