Jackie Craven

Poet, Fiction Writer

Schenectady, NY
New York US

Author's Bio

Jackie Craven writes poetry and prose steeped in magical realism. Her collection, WHISH, won the 2024 Poetry Award from Press 53. Other books include Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (Brick Road Poetry Press) and the chapbooks Our Lives Became Unmanageable (winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Award) and Cyborg Sister (finalist for the Charlotte Mew Prize, Headmistress Press).  Her writing appears in journals such as AGNIThe Asheville Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review MiCRo Series, The Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal, Pleiades, PloughsharesRiver Styx, and Salamander. As a journalist, she's published books on home décor and more than 500 articles on architecture, visual art, literature, and cultural travel. Raised in northern Virginia, she earned degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S.) and the University at Albany, New York (M.S. and Doctor of Arts). She lives in upstate New York, central Florida, and on Zoom, where she hosts a long-standing open mic for writers. Find her online at JackieCraven.com.

Education:  University at Albany, New York (M.S. and Doctor of Arts), Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S.) 

Publications & Prizes


Our Lives Became Unmanageable (Omnidawn, 2016)
50-Word Stories
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Pearl Magazine
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Yuan Yang: A Journal of Hong Kong & International Writing


50 Give or Take (Vine Leaves Press, 2021)
What We Talk about When We Talk About It (Darkhouse Books, 2020)
A Constellation of Kisses (Terrapin Books, 2019)
Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry (World Enough Writers, 2018)
Ice Cream Poems (World Enough Writers, 2017)
Of Burgers & Barrooms (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2017)
Creatures of Habitat (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2015)
Lummox #2 (Lummox Press, 2013)
WHISH (Press 53, 2024)
Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2018)
Cyborg Sister (Headmistress Press, 2022)
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Asheville Poetry Review
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Columbia Poetry Review
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Heavy Feather Review
Licking River Review
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Mayday Magazine
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Pembroke Magazine
Pilgrimage Magazine
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Rogue Agent
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Spillway Magazine
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The New York Quarterly
Undertow Tanka Review
Water~Stone Review
Prizes won: 
  •  Poetry Manuscript Winner (WHISH), Press 53
  •  Pushcart Nomination, Headmistress Press
  •  Pushcart Nominations, Brick Road Poetry Press
  •  Pushcart Nomination, Salamander magazine 
  •  Poetry Manuscript Finalist (WHISH), Hudson Prize, Black Lawrence Press 
  •  Poetry Manuscript Finalist (WHISH), Trio House Press
  •  Poetry Manuscript Finalist (WHISH), New American Press
  •  Poetry Chapbook Finalist (CYBORG SISTER), Beloit Poetry Journal
  •  Poetry Chapbook Finalist (CYBORG SISTER), Headmistress Press  
  •  Poetry Chapbook Finalist (CYBORG SISTER), Concrete Wolf
  •  Poetry Manuscript Finalist (SECRET FORMULAS), Autumn House Press 
  •  Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize (UNMANAGEABLE), Omnidawn Publishing  
  •  Poetry Contest Finalist, Nimrod Journal 
  •  International Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention (2016) and Finalist (2019), River Styx
  •  Fineline Flash Prose Award Finalist, Mid-American Review 
  •  Stephen A Dibiasi Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention (2021, 2020) and Finalist (2016)
  •  Missouri Review, Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize Finalist 
  •  Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art Poetry Finalist 

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Feminist, LGBTQ
Prefers to work with: 
Any, At Risk Youth, Seniors, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Falls Church, VA
Raised in: 
Arlington, VA
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Last update: Feb 12, 2024