Ms. Jen Karetnick

Florida, United States

Member Since: 09/29/1996

Jen Karetnick's fourth full-length book is The Burning Where Breath Used to Be (David Robert Books, September 2020), an Eric Hoffer Poetry Category Finalist and a Kops-Fetherling Honorable Mention. She is also the author of Hunger Until It's Pain (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming spring 2023) in addition to six other collections. Karetnick is currently longlisted for the 2021 Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize. She has won the Tiferet Writing Contest for Poetry, Split Rock Review Chapbook Competition, Hart Crane Memorial Prize, and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, among others, and has been an Artist in Residence in the Everglades, a Deering Estate Artist in Residence, and a Maryland Purple Line Transit grant recipient. Co-founder and managing editor of SWWIM Every Day, she has work appearing recently in Barrow Street, The Comstock Review, december, Michigan Quarterly Review,, and elsewhere. Based in Miami, she works as a lifestyle journalist and is the author of four cookbooks, four guidebooks, and more. Find her on Twitter @Kavetchnik and Instagram @JenKaretnick, or see


Twitter Username: @Kavetchnik


  • The Burning Where Breath Used to Be , David Robert Books (August 10, 2020)
  • The Crossing Over , Split Rock Review (September 1, 2019)
  • The Treasures That Prevail , Whitepoint Press (September 24, 2016)
  • American Sentencing , Winter Goose Publications (May 23, 2016)
  • Brie Season , White Violet Press (September 10, 2014)
  • Mango , University Press of Florida (October 7, 2014)
  • Prayer of Confession , Finishing Line Press (June 6, 2014)


  • 2019-2020 Deering Estate Artist in Residence(2020)
  • 2020 Tiferet Writing Contest for Poetry(2020)
  • 2018 Split Rock Review Chapbook Prize(2018)
  • 2017 Hart Crane Memorial Prize(2017)
  • 2016 Romeo LeMay Poetry Award(2016)
  • 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize for Poetry(2015)
  • AIRIE (Artist in Residence in the Everglades) Residency(2016)
  • 2011 Piccolo in Your Pocket Poetry Contest from the Alaska Flute Studies Center(2011)
  • 2008 Portlandia Poetry Chapbook Prize for Bud Break at Mango House(2008)
  • 2005 and 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards for a Lyric Poem(2017)


  • Creative Writing Director at Miami Arts Charter School (August 2009 - June 2018)
  • Freelance Journalist and Critic at various (September 1992 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University (May 1990)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of California, Irvine (June 1992)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from University of Miami (May 1996)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry