Jackie Craven

Poet, Fiction Writer

137 Front St #206
Schenectady, NY 12305

Author's Bio

Jackie Craven combines a career in journalism with whimsical and often surreal literary writing. She's the author of 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, Chautauqua, Columbia Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal, Pleiades, PloughsharesRiver Styx, Salamander, and Spillway. 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, with extended stays in Northern Virginia and Florida. Find her online at JackieCraven.com.

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

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)
Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2018)
Cyborg Sister (Headmistress Press, 2022)
Journals: ,
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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Undertow Tanka Review
Water~Stone Review
Prizes won: 
  •  Pushcart Nominations, Brick Road Poetry Press
  •  Pushcart Nomination, Salamander magazine  
  •  Fabulist Fiction Prize, Omnidawn Publishing  
  •  International Poetry Contest, Finalist, River Styx
  •  Poetry Chapbook Finalist, Beloit Poetry Journal
  •  Poetry Chapbook Finalist, Headmistress Press  
  •  Poetry Manuscript Finalist, Autumn House Press 
  •  Poetry Contest Finalist, Nimrod Journal 
  •  Fineline Award Finalist, Mid-American Review 
  •  Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series Finalist 
  •  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 04, 2022