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About Jo McDougall

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Jo McDougall has published five books of poetry and a memoir, Daddy's Money. The University of Arkansas Press published her collected poems. In the Home of the Famous Dead, in 2015. A book of new poems is slated for publication in 2016 by Tavern Books. She has received awards from the Readers Digest/DeWitt Wallace Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the Arkansas Arts Council, and the Porter Prize Foundation of Arkansas as well as multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony. She has been inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame. Co-director of the creative writing program at Pittsburg State University, she lived for many years in the Midwest. A native of the Arkansas delta, she now resides in Little Rock. Her memoir, Daddyís Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family, focuses on growing up on a rice farm in the Arkansas delta, and is available for purchase on Amazon by clicking here. For a link to all of her works on Amazon, click here.

As a Visting Writer/Writer in Residence, McDougall travels widely to read her poetry and to give craft talks and workshops. She also offers mentoring and editing services for poets. You may contact her via e-mail.

Her work has been adapted for film (Emerson County Shaping Dream), theater, a song cycle, a wind ensemble, and an artistís book. An adaptation of poetry from McDougallís five books, titled Towns Facing Railroads, was staged at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2006.

She has read her work at colleges, universities, secondary schools, libraries, bookstores, churches, and corporations across the United States, from Pullman, Washington, to New York City.

McDougallís awards include a DeWitt Wallace/Readerís Digest Award; fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Arkansas Arts Council; Teacher of the Year, Pittsburg State University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta; the Porter Prize for Literature, and an Academy of American Poets award, among others. She has been inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame.

Her poems have appeared in Ted Kooserís American Life in Poetry, Garrison Keillorís Writers Almanac, and leading literary journals such as Arts and Letters, Controlled Burn, Georgia Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Louisiana Literature, Midwest Quarterly, New Letters, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Poetry East -- as well as online in Ghoti, mipoesias, Broadkill Review, 2River, and others.

Widely anthologized, her poems can be found most recently in When She Named Fire: an Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, edited by Andrea Hollander Budy, Autumn House Press; The Poets Guide to the Birds, edited by Judith Kitchen and Ted Kooser, Anhinga Press; and Garrison Keillorís Good Poems for Hard Times, Viking Press.

Holding an MFA from the University of Arkansas, McDougall taught English and creative writing at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, where she co-directed the creative writing program and directed the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.

She has taught at various universities and colleges in Kansas, Louisiana and Arkansas as well as at writers' conferences in Missouri, Maine, Texas, and Oklahoma. McDougall is Associate Professor Emeritus in English, Pittsburg State University.

She is a past member of the board of directors for the Writers Place in Kansas City, Missouri and member of the Advisory Board of the Arkansas Porter Prize Literary Fund. McDougall lives in Leawood, Kansas (metropolitan Kansas City area), with her husband, Charles; Starr the dog; and Spike the cat.

M.F.A. Creative Writing. University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
B.S.H.E. (with High Honors). University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Associate in Arts. Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri.



  • Teaching and Administrative
      Associate Professor Emeritus, English, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas.
      Mentoring service with poets and writers.
      Visiting Writer for universities, colleges, high schools, and academies.

  • Service & Professional Affiliations
      Advisory Board, Arkansas Porter Prize Literary Fund.
      Member, Associated Writing Programs.
      Member, The Writers Place: Kansas Cityís Literary Community Center.
      Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
  • Teaching and Administrative
    • Co-director, Creative Writing Program, Pittsburg State University (PSU), Pittsburg,Kansas.
    • Director, Distinguished Visiting Writers Program, PSU.
    • Director, PSU Writing Center.
    • Lecturer in English, Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe).
    • Adjunct Associate Professor of English, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas. Adjunct Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Arkansas (Little Rock).
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville).

    • Visiting Writer:
      • Poetry at Round Top Festival, Round Top, Texas.
      • St. Louis Community College (Meramec), St. Louis, Missouri.
      • Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas.
      • Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
      • Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia.
      • Tarant County College, Hurst, Texas.
    • Member of faculty, Kansas Regents Honors Academy.
    • Member of creative writing faculty, Arkansas Governorsí School for Gifted and Talented.
    • Member of faculty, numerous writers conferences sponsored by University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    • Fellow, Stonecoast Writers Conference.

  • Presenter
    Readings, workshops, craft talks at such venues as The Cornelia Street Cafť, New York City; The MacDowell Colony; Duquesne University; The Associated Writing Programs Writers Conference; Columbia College Chicago; The Writers Garret, Dallas; Texas; Nimrod International Workshops and Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma; University of Washington (Pullman); Southern Women Writers Conference, Berry College; Stuttgart Junior High School, Stuttgart, Arkansas; Carnegie-Mellon University; Southern Methodist University; Truman Medical Center, Kansas City; Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock; Hallmark Corporation, Kansas City; Abrons Arts Center, New York City; International Poetry Forum, Pittsburgh.

  • Co-producer, Collaborator
    Co-producer, film, Emerson County Shaping Dream.
    Co-producer, multi-media theatre piece, Towns Facing Railroads, PSU.
    Collaborator with print-maker Ann DeVere, A Very Fine House, artistís book.

  • Editor
    Associate poetry editor, Crazyhorse.
    Editor, special poetry section, The Midwest Quarterly.
    Poetry editor, Kaleidoscope, KRPS public radio ( PSU).
    National Seminars Groups (textbook editing).
    Intern, University of Arkansas Press.

  • Judge
    Judge for fellowships and awards in poetry and fiction:
      University of Arkansas.
      Academy of American Poets graduate and undergraduate awards, Georgia State College and University.
      New Letters literary awards (preliminary poetry judge).
      The Roberts Foundation Writing Awards in Poetry and Fiction, PSU.

  • Service & Professional Affiliations
    Member, Board of Directors, The Writers Place.
    Member, Murphy Programs Planning Committee, Hendrix College.
    Member, Sigma Tau Delta.
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