Jen Karetnick

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

9301 NE 9th Place
Miami, FL 33138
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Author's Bio

Jen Karetnick is the author of four 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; The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Prize; and The Burning Where Breath Used to Be (David Robert Books, 2020). She has also published five poetry chapbooks, including The Crossing Over, winner of the 2018 Split Rock Review Chapbook Competition, and Bud Break at Mango House, winner of the 2008 Portlandia Poetry Chapbook Prize, and edited two anthologies of South Florida poets and writers. She has received residencies from the Artists in Residence in the Everglades, The Betsy Hotel-South Beach, The Solarium International Hostel in Fort Collins, Colorado, 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 dining critic for MIAMI Magazine, a freelance lifestyle writer, and a trade book author and co/author. Her most recent books include the award-winning cookbook, Mango (University Press of Florida, 2014); The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami (Luster, 2017); and Ice Cube Tray Recipes: 75 Easy and Creative Kitchen Hacks for Freezing, Cooking, and Baking with Ice Cube Trays (Skyhorse Publishing, June 2019).

Literary agent: 
Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary Agency

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthology:
Wild Horses: The Women on Fire Series (ELJ Publications, 2015)
Journals: ,
Good Housekeeping
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Miami Herald
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Poetry

Anthologies:
A Run for the Money: Poems from Hialeah (Tigertail Productions, 2016)
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2013 Poet's Market (Writer's Digest Books, 2013)
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Sun-Struck Matches: Volume X (Tigertail Productions, 2013)
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The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (Bloomsbury USA, 2013)
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Florida Flash: Volume IX (Tigertail Productions, 2011)
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gape-seed (Uphook Press, 2011)
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Reeds and Rushes (Pudding House Press, 2010)
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A South Florida Poetry Annual, Editor's Choice, Volume I-IV, (Tigertail Productions, 2005)
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A South Florida Poetry Annual, Volume III (Tigertail Productions, 2004)
Books:
American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, 2016)
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The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, 2016)
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Brie Season (White Violet Press, 2014)
Chapbooks:
The Crossing Over (Split Rock Review, 2019)
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Prayer of Confession (Finishing Line Press, 2014)
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Landscaping for Wildlife (Big Wonderful Press, 2012)
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Bud Break at Mango House (Portlandia Group, 2008)
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Necessary Salt (Pudding House Publications, 2007)
Journals:
About Place Journal
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Amethyst Arsenic
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Barrow Street
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Black River Review
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Blood & Fire Review
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Blood Lotus
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Blue Lyra Review
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Blue Unicorn
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Carpe Articulum Literary Review
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Chest
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Cider Press Review
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Consequence
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Construction
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Crab Orchard Review
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Gastronomica
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Georgetown Review
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Gordon Square Review
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Heavy Feather Review
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Helen
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Hospital Drive
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Icon
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Intima: Narrative Medicine
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Isotope: Journal of Nature and Science Writing
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JAMA
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Journal of New Jersey Poets
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Lyre Lyre
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Maryland Poetry Review
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Nebo
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Nebraska Review
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Negative Capability
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Nexus
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OCHO
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Pearl Magazine
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Phase & Cycle
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RE:AL
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Rogue Agent
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Scintilla Magazine
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Slab Literary Review
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Slate
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Sou'wester
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Spillway
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Spoon River Poetry Review
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Stickman Review
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Sweet: A Literary Confection
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The Gambler
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The Inquisitive Eater
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The Ledge
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The Oval
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The Poetry Storehouse
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Thin Air Magazine
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Verse Daily
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Yellow Chair Review
Prizes won: 

2018 Split Rock Review Chapbook Competition

2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest

2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize

2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize

2014 featured juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest

2012 The “Piccolo in Your Pocket” Contest from the Alaska Flute Studies Center

2010 Named one of 33 "Emerging Creative Minds" by SOFI Magazine

2008 Portlandia Chapbook Prize

2005 and 2004 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards

Two Pushcart Prize nominations

Two Best of the Net nominations

Placed 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.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Jewish
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Livingston, NJ
New Jersey
Raised in: 
Livingston, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: May 10, 2019