About Jackie Craven

Jackie Craven WriterJackie Craven combines a career in journalism with whimsical and often surreal writing for literary publications. Whether writing poetry, fiction, essays, or feature articles, her work is noted for wry, off-beat humor and an accessible, narrative style. As a journalist, she specializes in travel, architecture, and interior design.

Literary Writing

Jackie Craven has poetry published in The Asheville Poetry Review, Chautauqua, The Fourth River, Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal, River Styx, Pembroke Magazine, Quiddity, Salamander, Stone Canoe Journal, Water~Stone Review, and other journals. A chapbook of flash fictions won the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Award. (See Jackie’s publications list.) She’s also written essays for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Albany Times Union, Albany’s Capital magazine, the Asbury Park Press, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Hartford Courant.

Travel & Architecture Writing

Jackie Craven is the author of The Healthy Home and The Stress-Free Home, published by Rockport Publishers, reissued by Quarry Books, and translated into several languages.

The Healthy Home by Jackie CravenA long-standing member of  the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), Jackie has published travel articles and photos in major newspapers such as the Providence Sunday Journal, the Rocky Mountain News, the San Antonio Express-News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Nashua Telegraph, the Boston Herald, the Springfield Sunday Republican, the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Torrance Daily Breeze, the Toronto Sun, and the Toronto Globe & Mail.  (Read archived samples at DistantDwellings.com.)

Since 1999, Jackie Craven has contributed to About.com, a leading online resource reaching over 75 million unique visitors each month. (Learn more about About.com.) Her weekly features cover architecture, historic landmarks, cultural destinations, and home design. (View Jackie Craven’s writing at About.com.)

Articles and columns about home design and improvements have also appeared in House & Garden magazine, Realtor Magazine, Old-House Journal, Country Victorian, Yankee Homes, and other magazines.

Academic Life

Jackie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Doctor of Arts in Writing from the University of New York at Albany. She has received fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and other workshop programs, and has studied with Frank Bidart, Bernadette Mayer, Henri Cole, and other leading poets. Her teaching background includes stints as a high school reading specialist, a distance learning instructor, and an English instructor for the State University of New York at Albany, Russell Sage, Schenectady County Community College, and Hudson Valley Community College.

Old-House Renovations

House-Picture-Faded1.gifJackie became fascinated by 19th century architecture when she purchased her first Victorian house in 1984. Over the years, she renovated several old buildings on her street and established a rental business specializing in attractive apartments in historic neighborhoods.  She was twice awarded by the Schenectady, NY Heritage Foundation.

She now lives in a  turn-of-the-century cottage and serves on the Schenectady Historic Commission.

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