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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 DriftSheila-na-Gig online, The Watershed Journal, ImpostLitro MagazineWomen SpeakFine Print, Dinner Bell, The Ekphrastic Review, Lunch Ticket, Arachne Press and SWWIM Every Day, and is forthcoming in Untelling, MAINTENANT and Hoot. My articles about parenting have recently appeared on Insider, 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 poetry collection Gastromythology will be released in August 2024. Pre-order here, with a special pre-order discount for all orders placed through July 31.

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


October 12 - Pittsburgh - Bottom Feeder Books

October 19 - Youngstown, Ohio - Lit Youngstown Fall Literary Festival 

"Odes To Where We Live" panel reading

November 9 - Toledo, OH - Uncloistered Poetry

January 8, 2025 - Youngstown, OH - Lit Youngstown First Wednesday Reading series

June 3, 2025 - Cincinnati, OH - Poetry Night at Sitwell's

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Piles of Books

Recent Work

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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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