Carrie Jaffe-Pickett is an award-winning writer and passionate communications professional, with a portfolio of nearly 100 published articles on a variety of topics ranging from health and fitness, to lifestyles, marketing, education, interviews, and the arts. She was born and raised in New York City, where early writing awards for poetry and fiction, including City College High School Poetry Competition, Katherine Anne Porter Short Fiction Award and others, distinguished her from the crowd. As an English Major at Oberlin, she published arts reviews in The Oberlin Review, poetry in The Plum Creek Review, and won Third Place in The Manhattan Spirit "the Word is Manhattan" fiction contest, which led to her first public reading at New York's West Side Writer's Voice.
Beyond college, she went on to publish poetry in The Little Magazine, The Hudson Review, The West Wind Review and others, and fiction, book reviews, and articles for editor Dawn Raffel at Redbook. At summer writing intensives such as Breadloaf in Vermont and Writers at Work in Park City, Utah, she studied with Helen Schulman, Hilma Wolitzer, and Francois Camoin. Recently, she published "Balloon Boy" for Elizabeth Searle's "Celebrities in Disgrace" blog, and received Honorable Mention in the Joyce Maynard "Under the Influence" essay contest.
As a nonprofit communications professional, she was Director of Communications and Public Relations for NSNA, where she served as Managing Editor and oversaw numerous complex editorial projects. She currently lives in northern California with her husband, and works in social media and communications for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. She also provides marketing consulting with a focus on online visibility for select small businesses, and past clients have included: Menlo Pilates and Yoga, Bedtime Network, Brilliance Inc., Rignite Marketing, Technica Communications, TechSoup Global, and more. An avid photographer, yogi, and runner, she has completed over 50 running races including the NYC Marathon.