Photograph taken in Livermore, California, February 2019.

Photograph taken in Livermore, California, February 2019.


My name is Cori Amato Hartwig, and I'm a twenty-three year old writer, musician, editor, mental health activist, and weirdly viral Internet comedian. Some people may know me from my Instagram page, @manicpixiememequeen, which is a meme account that I made in March 2017 to discuss topics like mental health, astrology, politics, and relationship difficulties through an absurd, hyperbolic persona.

I graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) from San Francisco State University in May 2018. I’ve spent half of my life on the East Coast and half of my life on the West Coast, sort of feeling lost between both shores (totally like Neil Diamond in the first verse of “I Am, I Said”) and I currently reside in the Bay Area.

Most of my work interrogates mental health issues, social injustice, interpersonal relationships, and the navigation of increasingly complex and anxiety-inducing modern society. I love reading short stories, memoir, prose poetry, and fast-paced contemporary fiction, which is also what I tend to write.  

Currently, I'm pursuing my career as a writer, musician, editor, mental health activist, and Internet comedian. Even though it may not be on the horizon for me right now, I could see myself getting into acting, stand-up comedy, travel and food writing, music reviews, art criticism and visual art curation, style/fashion (especially vintage fashion) blogging, or hosting a talk show or a Podcast. My main goals in life are to never get bored and never be boring.

I hope you enjoy the content, and if you have any comments, questions, or business inquiries, feel free to contact me.


Favorite Musicians: The Smiths, Hole, Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, St. Vincent, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, The Clash, Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin, Haircut 100, Arctic Monkeys, Culture Club, Lorde, Taylor Swift, The Last Shadow Puppets, Pearl Jam, The Cranberries

Favorite Visual Artists: Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, Frida Kahlo, René Magritte, Mari Andrew, Erin Matson (whose artwork I had the opportunity to catalogue)

Favorite Authors: Patti Smith, Raymond Carver, Shel Silverstein, Rebecca Harrington, Ottessa Moshfegh, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Morgan Parker

Favorite Books: Just Kids by Patti Smith, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver, Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Favorite Foods: Tiramisu, sfogliatelle, cannoli, pasta fagioli, soft pretzels, cheese of all kinds, bread

Favorite Drinks: high-test coffee, chai tea, prosecco, Sangiovese wine, cosmopolitans, Aperol Spritz

Myers-Briggs: ENFJ

Sun Sign/Rising Sign/Moon Sign: Gemini Sun, Aries Rising, Capricorn Moon