About the Author
Jen Karetnick is the author of the chapbooks Necessary Salt (Pudding House Publications, 2007); Bud Break at Mango House (Portlandia Press, 2008), which won The Portlandia Group s bi-annual chapbook competition; and Landscaping for Wildlife (Big Wonderful Press, 2012). Another collection, Eve and After, was a finalist in the Women of Words chapbook competition. She has also edited an anthology of poetry and prose, Sun-Struck Matches, for Tigertail Productions (Fall 2012). Her poems, stories, essays, drama and articles have appeared widely in journals and magazines, both print and online, including Barrow Street, Carpe Articulum, Cimarron Review, Florida Travel & Life, Forbes.com, Gayot.com, Gastronomica, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, The Miami Herald, Mobil Travel Guides, The New York Times, North American Review, Poets & Writers, River Styx, and Southern Living. She is a 2005 recipient of a top Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Award and the winner of the Piccolo in Your Pocket Contest in 2011 from the Alaska Flute Studies Center. She was also a finalist in the UNO Study Abroad competition as well as the Knightsville Poetry Prize in 2011. She received an MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine and an MFA in fiction from University of Miami. She lives in Miami Shores on the last remaining acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children, three dogs, four cats and fifteen mango trees.
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