Jen Karetnick is the author of nine poetry collections, including The Burning Where Breath Used to Be (David Robert Books, 2020); The Crossing Over (March 2019), winner of the 2018 Split Rock Review Chapbook Competition; and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Prize. Her poems were finalists in the 2019 New Letters Patricia Cleary Miller Award for Poetry, 2019 Tinderbox Poetry Journal Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize, and 2019 Construction Literary Magazine Poetry Contest, and winners of the 2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, 2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize, and 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize. Her work has appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, The Comstock Review, december, Guernica, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Terrain, and elsewhere. Co-founder and editor of the daily online literary journal, SWWIM Every Day, Jen received an MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine, and an MFA in fiction from University of Miami. She works as a food-travel-lifestyle journalist and a cookbook-guidebook author.
In residence, Karetnick researched the various ecosystems and flora and fauna of the Everglades as well as the tourist attractions around the national park for a spoken-word play that continues as a work-in-progress. She also wrote several poems that appear in two full-length collections.
The time that I spent exploring the Everglades was invaluable to the content that I am producing. Without it, simply put, the work would lack authenticity.
– Jen Karetnick