Jen Karetnick is the author of three full-length poetry collections: 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 is also the author of four poetry chapbooks: Prayer of Confession (Finishing Line Press, 2014); Landscaping for Wildlife (Big Wonderful Press, 2012); Bud Break at Mango House, winner of the 2008 Portlandia Prize; and Necessary Salt (Pudding House Publications, 2007). In addition, Jen is the editor of two anthologies of Florida poets and writers.
The winner of the 2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize and the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, she was also awarded the 2011 “Piccolo in Your Pocket” Poetry Prize from the Alaska Flute Studies Center and received two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg awards in 2008 and 2005. She has placed in multiple competitions, including the 44th New Millennium Awards; The Atlantis Poetry Award; Bermuda Triangle Prize; Brittany Noakes Poetry Prize; Center for Book Arts Letter Press Chapbook Award; Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize; Palm Beach Poetry Festival “Fish Tales” Competition; River Styx International Poetry Prize; Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize; and Sunken Garden Chapbook Competition. Her poems have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and two Best of the Net awards.
Jen earned an MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine and an MFA in fiction from University of Miami. Her poetry, prose, playwriting and interviews have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Amuse-Bouche/Lunch Ticket, Crab Orchard Review, Cutthroat, Guernica, Measure, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Negative Capability, New Millennium Writings, One, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Prime Number Magazine, Spillway, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, and Waxwing, among others. Named a juried poet in 2014 for Houston Poetry Fest, she has performed in an episode of Literary Death Match and read at multiple book fairs, bookstores and literary conferences internationally. Her creative and educational work has been supported by grants from Artists in Residence in the Everglades, the Maryland Transit Administrations’ Purple Line Writers’ Program, Target and others.
Jen works as the Creative Writing Director for grades 6-12 at Miami Arts Charter School; the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine; and a freelance food-travel-lifestyle journalist. Her work has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, Culture Cheese Magazine, ForbesTraveler.com, FSR Magazine, Miami Herald, Southern Living, TalesoftheCocktail.com, and USA Today. Her online portfolio is located at kavetchnik.contently.com. She is also the author/co-author of several trade books, including the cookbook Mango (University Press of Florida, 2014), which won second place in the Les Dames d’Escoffier International M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing. Her 16th book, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami (Luster), was published November, 2017.
As a journalist and critic, she has received multiple first-place awards from such institutions as Association of Food Journalists, Gourmand Cookbook Awards, North American Travel Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists, and has placed in the Green Eyeshade Award, Greenbrier Scholarship Competition, and Missouri School of Journalism Awards.
Jen lives in Miami on the remaining acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two teenagers, three dogs, three cats, and fourteen mango trees.