About Jackie Craven

Jackie Craven WriterJackie Craven is a widely-published writer who specializes in architecture, home improvement, and cultural travel. She also writes fiction and poetry, fixes up old houses, and rents apartments to interesting people who feed her muse.

Architecture & Home Improvement

Jackie Craven writes the Architecture pages for About.com, a leading online source for original consumer information and advice. Her home improvement articles and columns have appeared in House & Garden magazine, Realtor Magazine, Old-House Journal, Country Victorian, Yankee Homes, Whittle Special Reports, and other magazines.  She is the author of The Healthy Home and The Stress-Free Home, published by Rockport Publishers and reissued by Quarry Books.

About.com Readership

About.com reaches over 85 million unique visitors each month.   (Learn more about About.com)

Travel Features

A 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.

Literary Writing

Jackie also writes fiction, poetry, and essays. Her work has been published in literary journals such as The Asheville Poetry Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Existere, Fourth River, Pearl, Water~Stone Review, and several anthologies. She has 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.

Academic Life

Jackie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Doctor of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Albany. She’s received fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and other workshop programs, and has held writing residencies at several arts colonies. 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

Jackie 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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