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Jo McDougall

Poetry, Nonfiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20190913, 20180706, 20170421

Named the Poet Laureate of Arkansas in 2018, Jo McDougall discusses her two recent books of poetry—The Undiscovered Room and In the Home of the Famous Dead—which explore various aspects of rural life, revealing the influence of the south and the midwest on her work. She also shares stories about her early life on a rice farm in rural Arkansas from her book, Daddy's Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family. Known for the vivid characters in her poetry, she discusses the importance of being mentored by Miller Williams (the late poet who read at President Clinton's inauguration) and how she's become more philosophical in her recent work. Interviews with Jo McDougall from 1987 and 2002 are also available in our Audio Archives.

| Interview Year: 2016 | Genre: Poetry, Nonfiction | Awards: MacDowell Colony Fellowships, DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Award, |

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