Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick is the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School, teaching Jen Karetnickpoetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and playwriting/scriptwriting to students in grades 6-12. She also works as the dining critic for the monthly MIAMI Magazine; Florida regional blogger for Virgin Atlantic Airlines; and a lifestyle journalist for various outlets.

Karetnick holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of Miami. She has placed work in dozens of journals including Barrow Street, Black River Review, Carpe Articulum, Cimarron Review, december, Georgetown Review, The Greensboro Review, The Nebraska Review, North American Review, Poet’s Market 2013, River Styx, Seneca Review, SLAB, Sou’wester, Spoon River Poetry Review and Spillway. The recipient of two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prizes for a lyric poem, she won the 2011 Piccolo in Your Pocket competition from the Alaska Flute Studies Center for “Repeat Ad Libitum.”

A native of New Jersey, Karetnick lives in Miami Shores on the last remaining acre of an historic mango plantation with her husband, Jon Cross, a neurologist, and their two children, three dogs, three cats and fourteen mango trees.

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January 2016 News: Jen Karetnick won the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award for her poem “I’m Nothing Without Blood.”