Jackie Mantey is a writer and visual artist based in Chicago. // She grew up on a dairy farm in Marion, Ohio; graduated with honors from Kent State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism; and works as a writer and editor for clients around the globe. // Among her favorite things are hanging out and traveling with her super funny husband, and hanging out and visiting with her super awesome siblings and one million nieces and nephews.

Creative CV

Jackie’s writing tries to calm the beast long enough to place the pain and dig out the thorn. She writes essays, live lit, creative nonfiction, and fictional short stories. // Her visual art includes embroidery, illustration, and photography. She hand-embroiders new stories onto found and historical photographs, many of which she sells in her online shop. This work considers the human prerogative to impose our own narratives on another’s truth, as well as the layered and complicated process of rewriting history. How do we speak for people who can’t speak for themselves (either because they can’t or because they’re long gone) and what variables result in this tendency? When does this tendency have a positive or negative effect? // Her illustrations channel colorful, otherworldly dimensions, while her photography looks for the compelling aspects of the mundane, often invisible, objects and situations we encounter everyday on this earthly plane.


  • Creative Nonfiction Finalist: Great Midwest Writing Contest, Midwest Review, 2020
  • 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, 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
  • Author, travel book 100 Things to Do in Columbus Before You Die, published by Reedy Press, 2016
  • 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 visual artist, Uppercase magazine, issue #46, July–September 2020
  • Visual designer, The Open Studio, Chicago, 2020
  • Contributing visual artist, Quaranzine, May 2020
  • Contributing literary artist, LOCUS III, The Martin, Chicago, March 2020
  • Contributing visual artist, CCA@CCA Artwork Campaign, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, November 2020
  • Artist, Show Your Work series wall installation, Slate Arts Gallery, Chicago, December 2019–January 2020
  • Artist, CONNECT, group exhibition of work, Slate Arts Gallery, Chicago, April 2019
  • 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
  • Featured artist, The Write City Review, published by the Chicago Writers Association, 2018
  • Artist + producer, Gone, Country, solo exhibition of embroidery artwork/ writing/ storytelling, Slate Arts + Performance Gallery, Chicago, September 2018