Poetry & Fiction

Index of publications by Jackie Craven. Read samples.

Surreal cupid and 3 monkeys
“Maroger’s Magic,” detail. This painting by Louise Craven Hourrigan inspired a poem published in Nimrod and in the poetry collection, Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters



  • “First a Throb of Wings” in Poet Lore, Fall/Winter 2019
  • “Captiva Island” forthcoming in River Styx.
  • “Midnight on Mirror Lake” forthcoming in Celebration of the Earth, an anthology from Foothills Publishing.
  • “I Renounce My Life as a Philodendron” forthcoming in Salamander.
  • “7-Eleven Blues” and “Postcards I Wish I’d Sent Lisbeth When We Were Girls And Her Parents Sent Her Away” (reprint) forthcoming in What We Talk about When We Talk About It: Variations on the Theme of Love, an anthology from Darkhouse Books.
  • “The Temperature Reaches 102” in A Constellation of Kisses, an anthology from Terrapin Books. Order from Amazon.
  • “Dysgeographica” forthcoming in Chautauqua
  • “Cyborg Sister” and “The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion” forthcoming in Pleiades
  • “Televisions in Hospital Waiting Rooms” (read online) and “The Lupus Society Wants to Know if I Have Old Clothes for Their Collection” in Stone Canoe Journal,  February 2019
  • “In Which I Try to Leave My Husband, But Can’t Find the Words” in The Massachusetts Review, spring 2019. Read online
  • “Under Anesthesia, I Remember a Watermelon with Slippery Seeds” in Rogue Agent, October 2018. Read online
  • “Biology 101” in Poets Reading the News, October 2018. Read online
  • “Thirst” in Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry from World Enough Writers, an imprint of Concrete Wolf, Summer 2018. Order from Amazon
  • “Many Happy Returns” in Red Eft Review, April 17, 2018.  Read online
  • “Woozy in the Pool at Mar-a-Lago at 7:00 A.M.” in Poets Reading The News, April 3, 2018. Read online
  • “Obloquy to an Olive” and “Waiting for 5:00 at Bailey’s Pub and Grill” in Of Burgers & Barrooms, an anthology from Main Street Rag, Fall 2017
  • “Imposter” in Spillway, Summer 2017. Read online
  • “Darwin’s Daughter” in At Sea (Women’s Studies Quarterly), Spring/Summer 2017. Read online. Order from Amazon
  • “My House Is Menstruating” and “Boys Infest Our Building” in Columbia Poetry Review, Spring 2017
  • “Postcards I Wish I’d Sent Lisbeth When We Were Girls and Her Parents Sent Her Away,” reprint in Ice Cream Poems, a World Enough Writers anthology from Concrete Wolf, Summer 2017. Order from Amazon
  • “White Lightning” in r.kv.r.y., April 2017. Read online
  • “Where are the teeth I slipped under my pillow?” in the LOST & FOUND Poetry & Prose Series from Silver Birch Press, March 2017. Read online
  • “The circus has a new address,” “To Hell with Hopkins,” and a mock circus ad in Heavy Feather Review (#NotMyPresident series), February 2017. Read online
  • “What Alien Astronauts Fear” in River Styx, Issue 97, January 2017.  Contest Honorable Mention
  • “Killing Mr. Big” in Salamander Magazine, Issue 43, December 2016.  Pushcart Prize Nominee
  • “Visiting Hours” in Water~Stone Review, Fall 2016
  • “Old Woman with Goose” (read online), “Meroger’s Magic,” and “When the Temperature Reaches 102” in Nimrod International Journal, Fall 2016. Contest Finalist
  • “Reflections,” “Simulcast,” and “Slugs” in Nimrod International JournalSpring/Summer 2016
  • “American Gothic” and “Missing From the Box” in Chautauqua, June 2016
  • “The Folded Paper Game” in Salamander Magazine, December 2015
  • “At the Columbarium” in New Ohio Review, Fall 2015  Read online
  • “After the Proposal” in Chautauqua, June 2015
  • “Postcards I Wish I’d Sent Lizbeth” in The Fourth River, Spring 2015
  • “Southern Comfort” in Pembroke Magazine, Spring 2015
  • “Flight Patterns” in Pilgrimage Magazine, Spring 2015
  • “Tankas for a Chilly Afternoon” in Undertow Tanka Review, March 2015
  • “House Beautiful” and “Beware the Pearly Gates” in Stone Canoe Journal, February 2015
  • “Stopping By My Childhood Home” in Creatures of Habitat, an anthology from Main Street Rag, Spring 2015
  • “Perspective Dreaming” in Water~Stone Review, Fall 2014  Read online
  • “Southbound” in Nimrod International Journal, Fall 2014
  • “I Heard a River Downstairs” inThe Asheville Poetry Review, 2013. Read online
  • “Drowning in Paradise” in Quiddity International Literary Journal, April 2014
  • “Georgian Colonial” in LUMMOX 2 (“Place”) Read online   Order from Amazon
  • “When Time Turns Digital” in Bohemia Journal, September 2013
  • “These Short Days Confuse My Soul” The Licking River Review, Northern Kentucky University, 2013