Jackie Craven

Jackie Craven, author and columnist
Jackie Craven, author and columnist.

Jackie Craven, D.A., is an author and columnist with a broad background in the humanities. Her publications include books on home decor, articles on architecture and design, travel essays, poetry, and literary commentary.


Dr. Craven launched her writing career after many years teaching high school and college. She worked as a columnist for House and Garden magazine (the monthly "Fix" column) and RealtorMag (“The Architecture Coach”). Her travel essays ran in the Providence Journal (RI) and other American and Canadian newspapers. Her poetry and fiction have been published in respected journals such as Columbia Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, River Styx, Women's Studies Quarterly, Salamander, and Water~Stone Review. She is the author of Our Lives Became Unmanageable (Omnidawn, 2016). A poetry collection is forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press in 2018.

Experiments with literary hypertext lead Jackie Craven to explore the possibilities of digital media for teaching and learning. In 2000, the New York Times said she had become "one of the Internet's reigning authorities on buildings and architecture, a resource for people who want to know about plumbing, Frank Gehry or the Taj Mahal."


Jackie Craven earned a Master's and a Doctor of Arts degree with a concentration in Writing, both from the University at Albany, New York. Her Bachelor's in English was earned in her home state at Virginia Commonwealth University. She's an active member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), Poets & Writers, and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA).


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A Note From Jackie

"I love writing about architecture and the visual arts, and especially enjoy exploring the ideas that shape the world we build. An article about surrealist design might lead me to the work of Sigmund Freud and the poems of Pablo Neruda. It's exciting to discover connections, and poetry is often a part of the adventure. To sample more of my writing, visit JackieCraven.com or follow my architectural travels at DistantDwellings.com. And please do check out my books on Amazon."


Our Lives Became Unmanageable, 2016, winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Award.
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The Stress Free Home: Beautiful Interiors for Serenity and Harmonious Living, 2003
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The Healthy Home: Beautiful Interiors That Enhance The Environment And Your Well-Being, 2004
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