Jasper Quince, otherwise known as Jeffrey Merola Jr. was born and raised in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. A gift he knew in his elementary years, Jasper would surprise his teachers with wild but structured creative stories. Attending honors classes through high school, Jasper began to shape his efforts into solid works with the help of best-selling author and editor Winslow Eliot. When Jasper was 18, he was accepted into Salem State University, studying the majors of English with a focus in Creative Writing and Traditional Photography, developing 35mm in dark rooms. He also wrote articles for the school newspaper and its online site. Jasper has partaken in Performance/ Poetry workshops with famous poet Taylor Mali. He has met Lucille Clifton The Dodge Poetry Festival (before she passed away). Jasper has had opportunities to hear readings from January O’ Neill, Michael Weaver, Taylor Mali, JD Scrimgeor, Rebecca Lindenberg, Katherine Howe, Bill Bellicheck, many other authors and poets, and collaborate with musicians such as Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips.
Jasper’s poetry has been published online on websites, anthologies, collections, read on audio and in magazines such as Images, Famous Poets of The Heartlands, and RedSkies. Several of Jasper’s Inspirations include Herman Hesse, George Orwell, Rainier Maria Rilke, Stephen King, Brian Selznick, John Updike, John Steinbeck, Rich Shapiro, Richard Fariña, Hunter Thompson, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Jasper currently lives in San Diego, California and works in a bookstore. He has been in the book industry, crafting, binding, selling used, to selling new books for 8 years.
Stayed tuned for his self published book of poetry, Escaped Energy as well as his first full length novel, The World Turned Twice, by the end of the year 2018.