Jackie O'Neal has been regular contributor to award-winning The Press of Atlantic City, The New York Amsterdam News , The Huffington Post, USA Today.com, NPR among others. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry and Fiction from the renowned, Sarah Lawrence College. In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Sacred Theology from Agape Seminary. O'Neal taught Developmental Writing as a Senior adjunct professor at Atlantic Cape Community College where she was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award 2007.
Originally from New York, O'Neal taught at York College of the City University of New York. Currently, she is an ordained priest and the only woman in 126 years to be nominated for the priesthood at her parish, The Church of the Ascension in Atlantic City, N.J. Her work includes being part of a chaplain's team at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center,and collaborating with international ministries in the developing nations. She has been married for over a decade to Mason O'Neal, a retired NYC investigator.