Ms. Jen Karetnick

Florida, United States

Member Since: 09/29/1996

Jen Karetnick is the author of three full-length poetry collections, including American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016) and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016). She has also published four poetry chapbooks and edited two anthologies of South Florida poets and writers, including A Run for Your Money: Poems from Hialeah (Tigertail Productions, 2016). She is currently writing a spoken word play, set in Everglades National Park, with the help of an AIRIE residency, to be debuted in spring 2017 at the amphitheater in Long Pine Key, Florida. 

The winner of the 2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize and the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, Jen is also the runner-up for the 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize and the 2015 Atlantis Prize from The Poet's Billow. In addition, she won the Portlandia Poetry Chapbook Prize, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards and the “Piccolo in Your Pocket” Contest from the Alaska Flute Studies Center. Her work has been nominated for two "Best of the Net" awards for 2016 and featured as a "Rock the Chair" piece on Yellow Chair Review and a "Weekly Read" at Red Bird Chapbooks. She received 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 or are forthcoming in, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, december, Gastronomica, Greensboro Review, Guernica, North American Review, One, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poet's Market 2013, Poets & Writers, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Seneca Review, Spillway, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Verse Daily. 

In addition, her writing has been anthologized in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry; Hurricane Blues; Hysteria; Reeds and Rushes; Tigertail: A South Florida Annual; and Wild Horses: The Women on Fire Series, and included in community and cross-genre film, dance and visual art productions including Poems2Go (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Florida);  video remix poems at Poetry Storehouse (online); the Dancing Poetry Festival (San Francisco); The Poetry Project by Miami Dance Festival 2013 (Miami); Fluent Imprint Project, curated by C. Emerson Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, Florida); The Betsy-South Beach Illuminated Broadsides, curated by artist Andrew Reid for National Poetry Month 2013 (Miami); and Sweat Broadsheets II 2014, curated by artist Tom Virgin and poet Michael Hettich (Miami).

Jen works as the Creative Writing Director for grades 6-12 at Miami Arts Charter School; the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine; and a food-travel-lifestyle journalist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in outlets including Culture Magazine, Fodor's, Food Arts,,,, Miami Herald, Mobil Travel Guides, The New York Times,,,, Southern Living, The Sun Sentinel,, and USA Today. She is the author of the Les Dames d'Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Award-winning cookbook, Mango (University Press of Florida, October 2014) and co-author of the 2015 World Gourmand "Best Woman Cookbook USA" cookbook, From the Tip of My Tongue, with Cindy Hutson (Story Farm Press, 2015), which also came in third for "Best in the World." She is the author/co-author of several other lifestyle books. She lives in Miami Shores on the remaining acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two teenagers, three dogs, three cats and fourteen mango trees. 


Twitter Username: @Kavetchnik


  • 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)


  • 2016 Romeo LeMay Poetry Award(2016)
  • 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize for Poetry(2015)
  • AIRIE (Artist in Resience in the Everglades) Residency(2016)
  • Best of the Net Nominations from One and The Poet's Billow(2016)
  • 2011 Piccolo in Your Pocket Poetry Contest from the Alaska Flute Studies Center(2011)
  • Portlandia Poetry Chapbook Prize for Bud Break at Mango House(2008)
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Award for a Lyric Poem(2005)


  • Creative Writing Director at Miami Arts Charter School (August 2009 - )
  • 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