Jen Karetnick

9301 NE 9th Place
Miami Shores, FL 33138

Author's Bio

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: Brie Season (White Violet Press, 2014); American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016), long-listed for both the 2017 Julie Suk Award and the 2017 Lascaux Prize; and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Prize. She has also published four poetry chapbooks, including Bud Break at Mango House, winner of the Portlandia Poetry Chapbook Prize, and edited two anthologies of South Florida poets and writers. Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and two "Best of the Net" awards, she has performed in an episode of "Literary Death Match" and won She has received residencies from the Arts in the Everglades and literary workshops in Patzcuaro, Mexico as well as grants from O, Miami, IMPACT II Ideas and Target. She is co-founder and co-director of the not-for-profit organization and reading series SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami), and co-editor of the online international literary journal, SWWIM Every Day. Jen works as the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School; dining critic for MIAMI Magazine; and freelance lifestyle writer for publications including, Culture, FSR Magazine,, and Jen is also the author of the award-winning cookbook, Mango (University Press of Florida, 2014) and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami (Luster, 2017), 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).

Publications and Prizes

American Sentencing
(Winter Goose Publishing, 2016)
, Brie Season
(White Violet Press, 2014)
, The Treasures That Prevail
(Whitepoint Press, 2016)
2013 Poet's Market
(Writer's Digest Books, 2013)
, A Run for the Money: Poems from Hialeah
(Tigertail Productions, 2016)
, A South Florida Poetry Annual, Editor's Choice, Volume I-IV,
(Tigertail Productions, 2005)
, A South Florida Poetry Annual, Volume III
(Tigertail Productions, 2004)
, Florida Flash: Volume IX
(Tigertail Productions, 2011)
, gape-seed
(Uphook Press, 2011)
, Hurricane Blues
(Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2006)
, Reeds and Rushes
(Pudding House Press, 2010)
, Sun-Struck Matches: Volume X
(Tigertail Productions, 2013)
, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry
(Bloomsbury USA, 2013)
, Wild Horses: The Women on Fire Series
(ELJ Publications, 2015)
About Place Journal, Adirondack Review, Alimentum, Amethyst Arsenic, Aura Literary Arts Review, Autumn Sky, Barrow Street, Black River Review, Blood & Fire Review, Blood Lotus, Blue Lyra Review, Blue Unicorn, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, Chest, Cimarron Review, Cleaver Magazine, Cobalt Review, Consequence, Crab Creek Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, December, District Lit, Gastronomica, Georgetown Review, Good Housekeeping, Gordon Square Review, Greensboro Review, Guernica Magazine, Gulf Stream, Heavy Feather Review, Helen, Hospital Drive, Intima: Narrative Medicine, Isotope: Journal of Nature and Science Writing, IthacaLit, Jet Fuel Review, JMWW, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Lyre Lyre, Maryland Poetry Review, Miami Herald, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mount Hope, Nebo, Nebraska Review, Negative Capability, Nexus, North American Review, OCHO, One, Oyez Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pearl Magazine, Phase & Cycle, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Poetica Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Prime Number Magazine, Radius, Rattle, RE:AL, River Styx, Rogue Agent, Scintilla Magazine, Seneca Review, SHARKPACK Annual, Slab Literary Review, Slate, Snapdragon, Sou'wester, Spillway, Split Rock Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stickman Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Temenos Journal, Boiler Journal, The Fourth River, The Gambler, Ghazal Page, Healing Muse, The Inquisitive Eater, The Ledge, Light Ekphrastic, MacGuffin, New Guard, New Verse News, The Oval, The Poetry Storehouse, Thin Air Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Waxwing, Yellow Chair Review
Bud Break at Mango House
(Portlandia Group, 2008)
, Landscaping for Wildlife
(Big Wonderful Press, 2012)
, Necessary Salt
(Pudding House Publications, 2007)
, Prayer of Confession
(Finishing Line Press, 2014)
Prizes Won: 
2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize2014 featured juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest2012 The “Piccolo in Your Pocket” Contest from the Alaska Flute Studies Center2010 Named one of 33 "Emerging Creative Minds" by SOFI Magazine2008 Portlandia Chapbook Prize2005 and 2004 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg AwardsPlaced in the following: 2017 Virginia Society of Poetry Book Prize (for The Treasures That Prevail); 2017 Julie Suk Book Award (for American Sentencing); 2017 Lascaux Book Prize (for American Sentencing); 2017 New Millennium Competition #44; 2017 Locked Horn Press Poetry Prize; 2017 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Competition; 2017 Brittany Noakes and Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry prizes; 2017 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize; 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize; 2015 Atlantis Award from The Poet's Billow; 2010 Knight poetry prize; 2009 Patricia Dobler, Consequence Magazine and Earth Vision prizes; 1998 River Styx Poetry Prize.For food and travel writing, first place in the Green Eyeshade/Society of Professional Journalists, Association of Food Journalists and North American Travel Journalists Association, and second place in the Les Dames d'Escoffier MFK Fisher Awards for Culinary Writing in the Cookbook category for Mango. From the Tip of My Tongue won "Best Woman Cookbook in the USA" from the World Gourmand Awards and came in third for Best in the World.

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Livingston, NJ
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Last updated: Oct 23, 2018