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Jessica Manack

creative communicator in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Nice to meet you!

I'm a writer and editor based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania whose recent interests include Appalachian history, especially that of its women residents, Forest County and the PA Wilds, conservation and forest stewardship, parenting, and art on paper, particularly correspondence art. I am honored to be the recipient of a 2022 Curious Creators Grant and the winner of the Five South Spring 2022 poetry contest. My work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and The Best Small Fictions. I periodically teach writing workshops, and I'm also the Development Editor at Belt Magazine.

Read samples of my work below. Work has recently appeared in Still: the JournalThe Drift, the Rubbertop ReviewSheila-na-Gig online, San Pedro River Review, The Watershed Journal, Impost, Peregrine, North/South Appalachia, Litro MagazineWomen SpeakOrca, a Literary Journal, Northern Appalachia Review, Fine Print, Dinner Bell, The Ekphrastic Review, Lunch Ticket, SLAB, Arachne Press and MAINTENANT, and is forthcoming in Hoot. My articles about parenting have recently appeared on Insider, YMC.ca and Her View From Home.


My work was also included in the Sidewalk Poetry Project in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Find my words on Fifth Avenue!

As the winner of the 2023 Sheila-Na-Gig Editions' First Chapbook Prize, my collection Gastromythology will be released in Summer 2024.

Do you have a need for writing, proofreading or editing services? Contact me using the form below. 

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

March 23 - Rugby, TN - Women Speak

April 20-21 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Poetry Festival


May 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books

May 17 - Athens, Ohio - Women Speak

November 9 - Toledo, OH - Uncloistered Poetry

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Piles of Books

Recent Work

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"Gastromythology"
Orca, a Literary Journal

Image by Philippe Gauthier

Three Poems
Still: the Journal

Image by Jan Meeus

Book Review:

The Wounds That Bind Us by Kelley Shinn

Image by Patrick Hendry

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P. O. Box 99892 * Pittsburgh, PA 15233

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