Jackie Craven is a widely-published writer who specializes in architecture, home improvement, and cultural travel. She also writes fiction, 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 reaches over 46MM unique monthly visitors in the United States (per comScore), 75 million uniques worldwide (per internal metrics), with 80% of users arriving from search engines, seeking answers to their questions. Consistently ranked among the top 15 Web properties by Nielsen/NetRatings, About.com’s extensive reach and viewership connects to more women than iVillage.com, more men than ESPN.com and more teens than MTV.com. (View demographics.)
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.
Jackie also writes fiction, poetry, and essays. Her publications include short stories and experimental works for Berkeley Fiction Review, Fourth River, Pearl, Verdad, Zahir, and other literary journals. Her essays have appeared in 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.
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.
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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Websites & Blogs
- Distant Dwellings
Amazing homes in faraway places
- About Architecture
The architecture section at About.com