Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick is the author/co-author of 20 books of poetry, guidebooks, cookbooks, and more. Her most recent book of poems is The Burning Where Breath Used to Be (David Robert Books, September 2020). Her creative work appears widely in publications such as Barrow Street, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Terrain, Under a Warm Green Linden, and elsewhere. Her poems have won the 2020 Tiferet Writing Award for Poetry, the 2018 Split Rock Review Chapbook Award, the 2017 Hart Crane Memorial Prize, the 2016 Romeo Lemay Award, and the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, among others. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Deering Estate, Artists in Residence in Everglades, Maryland Transit Authority, The Betsy-South Beach Writer’s Room, Solarium Hostel, and others.

Jen is based in El Portal, a village that’s designated as a bird sanctuary in Miami, where she works as a freelance lifestyle journalist and trade book author. Her award-winning articles, interviews, and essays have been published in outlets including,, Business Insider,, Guernica, Southern Living, USA Today, West Jet Magazine, and elsewhere. She also writes the Dishtillery newsletter with her sister, Betsy Karetnick, former Martha Stewart radio host and owner of The Portable Garden.

Recent Readings and Events

The DMQ Salon Reading

Redheaded Stepchild Book Launch with Jennifer K. Sweeney