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Dr. Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and the The Loss of All Lost Things. At-Risk was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award, The First Horizon Award, and the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award. Now We Will Be Happy was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Award and a USA Best Book Award. The Loss of All Lost Things was awarded the Elixir Press Award in Fiction. Her stories have been honored with the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, the Danahy Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the Lamar York Prize, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, and the William Richey Award as well as fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, Breadloaf Writer's Conference, Hawthornden, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, MacDowell Colony, Prairie Center of the Arts, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Writers in the Heartland, as well as artist grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Eighty-five of her short stories have been published, appearing in Antioch Review, Callaloo, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train Stories, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, and Southern Review among other places. She currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Miami Shores, FL
Jen Karetnick received an MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine and an MFA in fiction from University of Miami. She is the author of three full-length books of poetry, including Brie Season (White Violet Press, 2014) and American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, forthcoming 2016), as well as four poetry chapbooks. She works as the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School; dining critic for MIAMI Magazine; blogger for Virgin Atlantic Airlines; and freelance writer for publications including TheAtlantic.com, Culture, FSR Magazine, GoodHousekeepig.com, Racked.com and Redbook.com. Jen is also the author of the award-winning cookbook, Mango (University Press of Florida, 2014) as well as co-author of books From the Tip of My Tongue (Story Farm Press, 2015); Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow (HarperCollins, 2005) and Born-Again Vintage (Potter Craft/Random House, December 2008). She lives in Miami Shores on the last remaining acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, their two teenagers, three dogs, three cats and fourteen mango trees.