Magical Realism in Poetry & Prose

Jackie Craven draws inspiration from paintings by her mother and other artists who experimented with surrealism and magic realism. Her collection, Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press), combines narrative and ekphrastic poetry to unravel the tangled secrets of an eccentric family. Jackie’s wry, whimsical, and often strange poems also appear in journals such as The Asheville Poetry Review, Chautauqua, Columbia Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal, River Styx, Salamander, and Spillway. A fiction chapbook, Our Lives Became Unmanageable (Omnidawn, 2016),  experiments with fragmented narrative structures.  

Selected Poems

Perspective Dreaming

Stopping by the Columbarium on a Sunny Afternoon

White Lightning

Old Woman with Goose, 30 x 24, Oil


Where are the teeth I slipped under my pillow?

Darwin’s Daughter

Selected Stories & Flash Fiction


Special Ed

Anything Low Will Do

Index of recent poems and stories by Jackie Craven

See paintings that inspired Jackie’s writing

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