Jacob Fricke is a product of the license and collaborative spirit of the Belfast arts community. He has performed poetry on radio and at rock concerts, at schools and at summer fairs, up on the stage, and out in the streets. He is currently the poetry half of the ambient and jazz group Algorithm, whose first album, Underneath Oblivion, is due out in the summer of 2015. Fricke has twice been featured at the Belfast Poetry Festival, where in 2008 he performed opposite dancer Shana Bloomstein and in 2010 he collaborated with ephemera artist Daniel Anselmi.
As the Poet Laureate for the City of Belfast, Maine, for 2011 and 2012, he was one of the chief organizers of the Belfast Poetry Festival, was the city-appointed public spokesperson for poetry and for the local literary community, and introduced various arts initiatives including the reintroduction of slam-style poetry events to the area and the production of literary artworks for public spaces. He currently remains an organizer for the Belfast Poetry Festival.
Fricke’s This Book of Poems You Found (The Illuminated Sea Press, 2010), which unexpectedly won him the Village Soup's Best Local Author award for authors in Waldo County in 2011, is a concept volume that plays off ideas of time, insignificance, and haphazard discovery, touching on the place of the individual in the course of human history and what reader and author, equally anonymous, have in common.