Announcing our 2018 Writers in Residence

Solarium International Hostel is excited to reveal our first round of writers in residence! David Nazario and Jen Karetnick will join us Sept. 17-19 as they work on pieces centered on self-discovery and travel. We’re excited to welcome them!

We received an overwhelming number of applications from great writers. It was humbling to know so many talented writers saw Solarium International Hostel as a destination to further their art.


Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick is the author of three full-length poetry collections, including The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Prize, and four poetry chapbooks. The winner of the 2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize and the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, she has had work appear recently or forthcoming in Amuse-Bouche/Lunch Ticket,, Crab Orchard Review, Cutthroat, Guernica, JAMA, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Negative Capability, One, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Prime Number Magazine, Spillway, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily and Waxwing. She is co-editor of the daily online literary journal, SWWIM Every Day (@SWWIMmiami). Jen received an MFA in poetry from University of California, Irvine, and an MFA in fiction from University of Miami. She works as a food-and-travel writer and author of cookbooks and other trade books, including her most recent publication, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami (Luster, 2017). Jen lives on the remaining acre of a historic mango plantation with her family, seven rescue pets and 14 mango trees.

Check her out on Instagram or Twitter.


David Nazario

David Nazario is the founder of lifestyle brand Scared Of A Day Job, LLC. He works as a college advisor, motivational speaker, and freelance writer. He is the author of Make Love Your Religion: How To Put Love First & Succeed at Doing What You Love, and has contributed to the Lifestyle and Business sections of the Reading Eagle newspaper,,, and, among others. He earned his B.A. in Literature with a minor in Journalism from West Chester University. He prides himself in writing thought-provoking work that shapes and make sense of the world while finding ways to help others shape and make sense of their worlds. By using writing as a catalyst for this type of understanding, he writes out of necessity and the acknowledgement that when we are doing what we love to do, we contribute to the amount of joy and happiness that exists in the world. By exploring topics like black culture, music, agape love, mental health and social justice related issues, he makes his best attempt at using my words as conduits for change.

Keep up with him on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.




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