Jackie Mantey

is a writer and artist

based in Chicago.

// Jackie’s writing tries to calm the beast long enough to place the pain and dig out the thorn. She writes essays, creative nonfiction, feature articles, short stories, and lol pretty much you name it, she’s written it. She’s currently working on a novel set in a small-town Ohio roller skating rink.

// Her visual art includes embroidery and mixed media extravaganzas! She hand-embroiders new stories onto found and historical photographs, which she exhibits around Chicago and sells in her online shop.


  • Creative Nonfiction Finalist: Great Midwest Writing Contest, Midwest Review, 2020
  • Contributing essayist and artist, Intima Journal of Narrative Medicine, 2021
  • Podcast co-creator and host, Zero Proof Book Club, 2019–2020
  • Essayist, included in the book Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, published by Belt Publishing, 2019
  • Storyteller, You’re Being Ridiculous, Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater, Chicago, June 2019
  • Contributing writer, 186 magazine, Award of Excellence: Print long form, CSCA Creative Best Awards Show, 2019
  • Author, travel book 100 Things to Do in Columbus Before You Die, published by Reedy Press, 2016
  • Author, Gone, Country, companion book for monographic exhibition of artwork at Slate Gallery, Chicago, published by lo-class, 2018
  • Silver Addy Award winner, American Advertising Federation, Columbus, Project lead writer, 2018
  • Storyteller, Filet of Solo Festival, Chicago, 2017
  • Judge’s Choice award winner, Addy Awards, American Advertising Federation, Columbus, Project lead writer, 2017
  • Best Freelance Writer in Ohio, Press Club of Cleveland’s Excellence in Journalism Awards, 2014
  • First Place Arts Reporting, small print publications, Society of Professional Journalists, Ohio, 2014


  • Contributing artist, Journey / Explore, group exhibition of work, Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, December 2021
  • Contributing artist, The Latent Space Christmas Show, group exhibition of work, The Latent Space Gallery, Chicago, December 2021
  • Contributing artist, Uppercase magazine, issue #46, July–September 2020
  • Visual designer, The Open Studio, Chicago, 2020-2021
  • Contributing visual artist, Quaranzine, May 2020
  • Contributing literary artist, LOCUS III, The Martin, Chicago, March 2020
  • Contributing artist, [email protected] Artwork Campaign, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, November 2020
  • Featured artist, The Write City Review, published by the Chicago Writers Association, 2018
  • Contributing artist, Show Your Work series wall installation, Slate Arts + Performance Gallery, Chicago, December 2019–January 2020
  • Contributing artist, CONNECT, group exhibition of work, Slate Arts + Performance Gallery, Chicago, April 2019
  • Selected art, Lover’s Eye Press, literary and arts magazine, Issue 3, 2022
  • Selected photography, Barren Magazine, literary and arts magazine, Issue 6: “Distance in Lines,” 2019
  • Selected photography, Honey & Lime, literary and arts magazine, Issue 2: “Dancing into Oblivion,” 2019
  • Artist + producer, Gone, Country, solo exhibition of embroidery artwork/ writing/ storytelling, Slate Arts + Performance Gallery, Chicago, September 2018