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. Her work has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, River Styx, Verse Daily and Waxwing Literary Magazine. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and "Best of the Net" awards, she has performed in an episode of "Literary Death Match." She is co-founder and co-director of SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami). 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) 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); Born-Again Vintage (Potter Craft/Random House, December 2008); and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami (Luster, 2017). 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.

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, 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 Poetry Review, Slab Literary Review, Slate, Snapdragon Journal, Sou'wester, Spillway, Split Rock Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stickman Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Temenos Journal, The Boiler Journal, The Fourth River, The Gambler, The Ghazal Page, The Healing Muse, The Inquisitive Eater, The Ledge, The Light Ekphrastic, The MacGuffin, The New Guard, The New Verse News, The Oval, The Poetry Storehouse, Thin Air Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Waxwing Literary Journal, 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: 
The winner of the 2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize and the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards and the “Piccolo in Your Pocket” Contest from the Alaska Flute Studies Center, Jen also won second place in the 2017 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Competition; was a finalist for the 2017 Brittany Noakes and Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry prizes; and was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. In 2016, she won second place in the Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize. She has had work nominated for a Pushcart Prize and two "Best of the Net" awards. She placed second in the 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize and the 2015 Atlantis Award from The Poet's Billow. She was a featured juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest 2014. She was a finalist in the 2010 Knight poetry prize; was named one of 33 "Emerging Creative Minds" by SOFI Magazine in 2010; and was a finalist in the 2009 Patricia Dobler, Consequence Magazine and Earth Vision prizes. In 2008, she won the Portlandia Chapbook Prize for Bud Break at Mango House. In 2005 and 2004, she was the recipient of Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards for lyric poems, and in 1998 placed third in the River Styx Poetry Prize.For her food and travel writing, she has been awarded 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. Her co-authored cook, 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.She has won residencies from the Arts in the Everglades and workshops in Patzcuaro, Mexico; education grants from O, Miami, IMPACT II Ideas and Target; and read and presented workshops and papers at festivals and conferences including the Virginia Festival of the Book (Charlottesville, VA; Southern Independent Book Festival (Norfolk, VA); University of Central Florida Book Fest (Orlando, FL); Warnborough College Conference of the Arts (Canterbury, Kent, UK); North American Review Bicentennial Conference of Literature and Creative Writing (Cedar Falls, IA); Other Words (St. Augustine, FL); and Miami Book Festival International (Miami, FL). She has also read at libraries, bookstores and museums including the Selby Library (Sarasota, FL); Delray Beach Library (Delray Beach, FL); Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, VA); Joe's Place (Greenville, SC); Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL) and the Jewish Museum of South Florida-FIU (Miami Beach, FL).

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Last updated: Dec 07, 2017