Jo McDougall Releases New Book: In the Home of the Famous Dead
Jo McDougall is happy to announce the publication of her new book, In the Home of the Famous Dead: Collected Poems, University of Arkansas Press. It is released on April 1, 2015.

The book is $24,95, paper; $49.95, cloth, limited edition, signed. The book may be ordered from the University of Arkansas Press ( ,, or anywhere books are sold.

Jo McDougall Reading and Signing Events
I will be making a number of appearances over the next few months. Please check this page for a list of my appearances.

Jo McDougall Review: Put This On Please: New and Selected Poems
Jo's review of William Trowbridge's latest book, Put This On Please: New and Selected Poems, is in the Spring 2015 issue of the Georgia Review. You can read it by clicking here.

New Videos Posted in Audio/Video Section!
I am proud to announce we have posted several audio and video recordings on my website, and you can view them by visiting my Audio & Video page. I hope you enjoy!

Surprise Is What We Live For....
Life surprises. That’s why I write—to record those surprises, to stop them in time. Poetry offers a deeper look into the absurdities of the world-- the juxtapositions of tragedy and joy, the fantastical and the mundane—than one sees on the surface.

I eavesdrop on people. I want their stories, the ones they tell and the ones they don’t. I like a sense of place. I want to know, in a poem, where I am standing. And I sometimes like a touch of sleaze.

When I write, I want my poems to connect with the reader. When I read, I want writing that asks me to take it home in the palm of my hand.

Jo McDougall

What We Need
It is just as well we do not see
in the shadows behind the hasty tent
of the Allen Brothers Greatest Show,
Lola the Lion Tamer and the Great Valdini
in Nikes and jeans
sharing a tired cigarette
before she girds her wrists with glistening amulets
and snaps the tigers into rage,
before he adjusts the glimmering cummerbund
and makes from air
the white and trembling doves, the pair.

-- from Dirt, Autumn House Press

What I Do

  • Visiting Writer/Writer-in-Residence: Readings, workshops, craft talks tailored to your venue.
  • Mentor, Consultant, Editor: Mentoring and editing services for poets and writers.
  • Contact Jo McDougall for more information!

    Who I Am

  • Published Poet & Writer:
  • Teacher: 30 years experience teaching English and creative writing. Associate Professor Emeritus of English.
  • Mentor: 30 years experience helping writers bring their work to publishable quality
  • Editor: University of Arkansas Press (intern), Midwest Quarterly, Crazyhorse, KRPS public radio, Pittsburg, KS; National Seminars Groups.
  • Poetry Judge: University of Arkansas, Georgia College and State University, New Letters (preliminary).


  • MFA in Creative Writing, University of Arkansas
  • See Biography for other degrees earned.

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