Jacob William Watters was born in Jackson, TN, where he spent the first few years of his life. He moved to Perry, FL at age five with his family when his father, Danny Watters, found work in pyrotechnics in Taylor County. His mother, Kathy Watters, was a guidance counselor at Taylor County High School (TCHS). His brother, Josh Watters, is a TCHS and University of Central Florida graduate now working in Maryland as an electrical engineer.
Jacob relocated to Warner Robins, GA after his sophomore year at TCHS. He graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 1998 and went on to graduate from Valdosta State University with a B.S. in biology in 2003. After a summer marine biology internship at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, FL, he chose to pursue a career in medicine. In 2005 our soon-to-be physician and author applied to and was accepted for the inaugural class at the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, GA, just north of Atlanta on interstate 85. He has since completed medical school and is now in his second year of family medicine residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando.
His poetry spans over sixteen years of writing and has persisted from his younger adolescent years through to his first years as a young physician. Many of his poems like Florida Rain and Gulf’s Catch are reflective of the rich cultural and natural surroundings in which he was raised while in North Florida’s Panhandle.