Poetry. In her signature economical style, Jo McDougall invites readers into the small towns of the rural South and Midwest and the dramas of their inhabitants. Through her spare, stoic, and at times spectral form of storytelling, she depicts lives limited by privation yet buoyed by dreams. Grief, resignation, awe, death, and joy abide in her work. McDougall is wed to realism, but obliged to invent; it's these inventions that lend her portraits a singular sensitivity and clear-eyed register.
Jo McDougall is the author of Daddy's Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family, published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2011. Her collected poems, In the Home of the Famous Dead (2015), also published with the University of Arkansas Press, gathers together her previous seven collections of poetry. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.Author City: USA