Jo McDougall


Jo McDougall, the author of five books of poetry, lives in Leawood, Kansas. She received her MFA from the University of Arkansas as well as her her B.S.H.E. (with high honors), and her Associate in Arts from Stephen's College in Columbia, Missouri.

She has taught English and Creative writing at Pittsburg State University. She co-directed the writing program and directed the Distinguished Visitng Writers Series. Additionally, she is a past member of the board of directors for the Writers Place in Kansas City, Missouri and a member of the Advisory Board of the Arkansas Porter Prize Literary Fund.

She has also taught at various additional universities and colleges in Kansas: Louisiana and Arkansas as well as at writer's conferences in Missouri, Maine, Texas, and Oklahoma. She was an Associate Professor Emeritus in English at Pittsburg State University. She and her family now reside in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Bibliography ( - housed in Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection)



  • Review by Jo of Put This On: New & Selected Poems by W. Trowbridge
  • Excerpt from Daddy's Money, a memoir. (Arkansas Review Spring 2009)
  • “In the Land of Onion Sets: A Poet Pays Tribute to the Influence of Flannery O’Connor.” (The Flannery O’Connor Review, Volume 4, Summer 2006)
  • “Of Time, Place, and Eternity: Ted Kooser at the Crossroads.” (Midwest Quarterly, Vol. XLVI, No. 4, Summer, 2005)
  • “Excerpt from Daddy’s Money, a Memoir.” (Salamander, Vol 10, No. 2,  2005)
  • “Letter to a Young Poet.” (Midwest Quarterly, Vol. XLIV, No. 4, 2003)
  • “A Place Called Talk.” (Somewhere Apart, University of Arkansas Press, May, 1997)
  • Roots and Recognition: Where Poetry Comes From (Monograph, Pittsburg State University, 1994)

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  • The Working Poet: 75 Writing Exercises and a Poetry Anthology. (Scott Minar, ed., Autumn House Press, 2009)
  • For, From, About James T. Whitehead: Poems, Stories, Photographs, and  Reminiscences (Michael Burns, ed., Moon City Press, 2009)
  • Wenn ohne Grun die Nacht schon ist. (The Berlin Anthology, international literature festival berlin, Ulrich Schreiber, ed., Verlag Verwork 8, 2009)
  • Form III Shorts (Norfolk Academy) (Jake Cohen, ed., Copley Custom       Textbooks, XanEdu Custom Publishing, 2009)
  • The Poets Guide to the Birds ( Judith Kitchen and Ted Kooser, editors, Anhinga Press, 2009)
  • When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women (Andrea Hollander Budy, ed., Autumn House Press, 2009)
  • Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry (Robert Strong, ed., Autumn House, 2007)
  • The Sixth Surface: Steven Holl Lights the Nelson Atkins Museum (J.M. Rees, ed., topo|graphis press, 2007)
  • Making a Poem: Some Thoughts About Poetry and the People Who Write It (Miller Williams, ed., Louisiana State University Press, 2006)
  • Chance of a Ghost (Gloria Vando and Philip Miller, editors, Helicon Nine Editions, 2005)
  • Good Poems for Hard Times (Garrison Keillor, ed., Viking, 2005)
  • The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Sue Ellen Thompson, ed., Autumn House, 2005)
  • New Century North American Poets (John Garmon et al, editors, River King Press, 2002)
  • The Made Thing ( 2nd edition, Leon Stokesbury, ed., U. of Arkansas Press, 1999)
  • Somewhere Apart (collection of essays by Arkansas residents, Compiled by the staff of the Arkansas Times and the staff of the University of Arkansas Press, 1997)
  • A New Geography of Poets (Edward Field et al, editors, U. of Ark. Press, 1992)
  • Patterns of Poetry, An Encyclopedia of Forms (Miller Williams, ed., LSU, 1986)


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A DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s 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.
An Academy of American Poets award, among others.
She has also been inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame.

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Dirt Author Book
The Woman in the Next Booth Author Book
Women Who Marry Houses Author Book
Towns Facing Railroads: Poems Author Book
Satisfied with Havoc Author Book
Under an Arkansas Sky Author Book
In the Home of the Famous Dead: Collected Poems Author Book
The Undiscovered Room Author Book